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    Rittenhouse Rye Update

    I posted this in the Rittenhouse BOTM thread, so I hope no one minds me cross-posting it here.

    Our friends at Heaven Hill would like everyone to know that they have been distilling all of their rye whiskey at Bernheim for almost two years now. That means for the next two years or so Rittenhouse Rye will be Brown-Forman's distillate but after that it will be all Bernheim. (Maybe I should also post it in the 'what to start hoarding' thread.)

    Heaven Hill has always aged all of their whiskey themselves, but Brown-Forman has distilled some of their bourbon and all of their rye since the fire. Bernheim didn't have enough capacity. They fixed that and now all of their rye is made at Bernheim.

    Currently they are mashing rye one day a month. That may not sound like much, but not long ago it was three or four days a year, so twelve days a year is a huge production bump.

    They are aware that Rittenhouse Rye BIB is in very short supply at present but are happy to report that nearly 1,000 barrels of the stuff will come of age in October, so it should be much easier to find after that.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    Thanks for the information, Chuck. That's very good news. Do our HH friends have any plans for expanding distribution of the bonded Rittenhouse any time soon?
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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    But is the Rittenhouse made in Bernheim going to be at good as the current product made down the road? Hoarding does seem appropriate, at least until we know.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    And before hoarding the DSP-KY-354, the DSP-KY-31 was being hoarded for the same reason. It is the nature of everybody here to hoard everything. Have at it.
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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonJoe View Post
    And before hoarding the DSP-KY-354, the DSP-KY-31 was being hoarded for the same reason. It is the nature of everybody here to hoard everything. Have at it.
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    DSP-KY-31 Rittenhouse was really good juice and quite similar to the Early Times distillation. I'll be saving some 354 for reference, but I expect a tweak not a wholesale change, like the changes from when Rittenhouse was a Tom Moore or a Medley product (I don't think I've ever actually had a Pennsylvania distillation...yet).

    I'm also partial to the DSP-KY-12 Rittenhouse myself. There has been a lot of good rye made at the Tom Moore distillery. I wonder in what form Sazerac will finally let loose some more rye out of those rickhouses. I'm told that since the sale, their rye is no longer available on the bulk market.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Rughi View Post
    I'm also partial to the DSP-KY-12 Rittenhouse myself.
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    I don't believe I've ever had the DSP-KY-12 Rittenhouse Roger.
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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonJoe View Post
    I don't believe I've ever had the DSP-KY-12 Rittenhouse Roger.
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    Well, if we're lucky there'll be a Tom Moore 100 proof 6-8 year old. I'd hope it would remain a DSP 12 product, which is quite different from the Saz Jr. profile - and probably more like ND Overholt than any other current distillation I can think of (perhaps the LDI Templeton juice?).

    But, however good those other products are, I want Larry Kass to hear me that the Rittenhouse juice that he controls the release of is a very, very good product that, now that it's being distilled in greater quantities should be released in
    • 10yo bond format again to complement the current 6-ish year old Ritt Bond.
    • Barrel proof, unchillfiltered - to take its rightful place as a competitor to Handy. Only make it a year round product, not a silly collector's piece with artificially created scarcity. You keep releasing it, I'll keep buying it.

    I find it unimaginable that both of these wouldn't be supported in the marketplace.

    I can't get out of my head that if rye is produced one day a month at Bernheim, then that may be a larger proportion of HH production than Beam's production of all non-White label products is of their total production. Let's support Heaven Hill's commitment to the rye!

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    Here are a couple of other things to consider:

    (1) Heaven Hill made rye at DSP-31 for 60 years. They know how to make rye whiskey. Of course, every distillery is different, so from DSP-31 to DSP-354 to DSP-1 there will be variations.

    (2) Since it is Rittenhouse BIB that has caught fire, and they are unlikely to mess with that, they can't combine DSP-354 and DSP-1 distillate. When they change over to DSP-1 it will be a complete changeover. And we'll know, since bonds must show where distilled on the label.

    (3) To this point, the distilleries that made rye have either made one batch per year (I think that's what BF has been doing) or two, one each season. Although they didn't say so, that 1,000 barrel dump may be it for the year. By making rye every month, they can more easily adjust production to their evolving estimates of future demand and have whiskey coming of age monthly instead of annually.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    I am very happy to read this news, especially about their being more come October. The only Rittenhouse in stock near me is the 25-year-old bottling, which is beyond my budget right now.

    Then again, I found out that Binny's happily ships to California, so I may have to order some of what's available, especially as I like the Sazerac Rye and would happily welcome another rye.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Update

    But, however good those other products are, I want Larry Kass to hear me that the Rittenhouse juice that he controls the release of is a very, very good product that, now that it's being distilled in greater quantities should be released in
    • 10yo bond format again to complement the current 6-ish year old Ritt Bond.
    • Barrel proof, unchillfiltered - to take its rightful place as a competitor to Handy. Only make it a year round product, not a silly collector's piece with artificially created scarcity. You keep releasing it, I'll keep buying it.
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