I'm sitting here drinking current versions of Pikesville and Stephen Foster. The Pikesville is labeled 3 years old, and the Stephen Foster says, "Fully Matured for Thirty Months." Both are 80 proof, and assuming both are made at HH's Bernheim plant, I find the differences fascinating.
The nose on the Foster has a whiff of pickle brine, and the middle falls really flat.
Pikesville's nose has lift and lets you know the Rye is coming. Great middle and finish for the price. Makes you want more.
The question is, can 6 months of age make such a difference? Apparently, at least for my taste buds. Both are HH, so I'm sure the mashbill is the same.
Interestingly enough, the Pikesville was $12.99, while the younger Foster was $14.99.
Anyone else drinking these 2 Ryes?
As far as what Ryes I drink, I currently have open: 2008 Handy, 2009 Sac 18, Baby Saz, VWFRR, Vintage 21, Hirsch 22, BMH 23yr, WT101, RR6yr, RittBIB, and Fleischmanns. Rye has become an obsession and I wanted to try some bottom shelf. (Love the old Medley stuff, and WT101 Rye is my daily. Also, while I appreciate, and support, the criticism of Handy's age/price, I simply love the decadence of it's flavor, while I hate Baby Saz's medicinal finish. And yes, I have cut the Handy while tasting Jr. side-by-side. I still go with Handy. Sorry Virus.)
Can anyone chime in on these 2? The Rye forum always seems slow.