I arrived late to the party when it comes to rye. As I've stated many times before, I'm not much of a rye guy. I've had Templeton and Ritt BIB, plus one or two others, and didn't much care for them. I've become a bit more open minded as my tastes have changed. I seem to have jumped to the opposite end of the spectrum lately. I tried the 2008 BTAC Handy, and liked it so much I bought a bottle. Great whiskey. The 2008 Saz that I tasted was very good too. Just last week, I bought some 23 year old Ritt rye. To me it is almost as good as the Handy. Not quite, but still a very good whiskey. Just my two cents for what it's worth. Joe
" I never met a Weller I didn't like"
Gosh, I need to get me some WT Rye, as Templeton and Rittenhouse are not availabe around these parts.
I've only had:
Old Rip Van Winkle Old Time Rye 12 year (awesome)
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 year (awesome)
Very Old Saint Nick Winter Rye (excellent)
Sazerac 18 year 45% (okay)
Old Overholt (okay)
JB Rye (not okay)
I want to put in a plug for the latest release of Old Potrero Rye. It's hard to find but easy to get on the net. It's different than other Ryes in that it is made with 100% Rye - I think its very tasty, give it a try if you run across it - or order it.
I'm talking about the Straight Rye Single Malt - They also make an 18th century Rye that I haven't tried yet.
I don't have much Rye on hand but the ones I
do taste every now & again are the Templeton
Small Batch (80 proof) and Tuthilltown's Hudson
Manhattan Rye (92 proof). I did pick up a bottle
of the Jim Bean (ri)1 (92 proof) to try and while
it's tasty enough, I do prefer the other two.