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  1. #11
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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    I just bought a bottle and I like it. I'm not sure how it stacks up against other 80 or around 80 proofers. I think the only two bottles under a 100 proof I've had in a long time are Bulleit and EWSB.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    A plea to all producers: The world needs some 8 to 12yr Ryes at around 100proof. Rye drinkers beg you.
    Van Winkle is pretty close to that.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    Van Winkle is pretty close to that.
    I love VWFRR, but a portion of that is actually a tanked 19yr. Plus, it's highly allocated. We need some variety in the world of Rye. It's either young stuff like Turkey and Ritt, or the glorious old Medley stuff that puts me in the poor house. And yes, I do love Handy. But compared to Bourbon, Rye lovers are left with very few options. Oh well.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    I love VWFRR, but a portion of that is actually a tanked 19yr. Plus, it's highly allocated. We need some variety in the world of Rye. It's either young stuff like Turkey and Ritt, or the glorious old Medley stuff that puts me in the poor house. And yes, I do love Handy. But compared to Bourbon, Rye lovers are left with very few options. Oh well.
    As a rye fan, I definitely hear you. All of the new LDI ryes add some profiles to the mix though, as well as some of the micro and other newer ryes out there.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    I love Pikesville its a great Rye. Its a cut above Overholt and Jim Beam Rye. It makes a great Manhattan.

    However I do prefer the Rit BIB over Pikesville. Its cost approx $10 more here in Australia and its a jump in quality. That said I always keep a bottle of Pikesville in the cupboard.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    I love VWFRR, but a portion of that is actually a tanked 19yr. Plus, it's highly allocated. We need some variety in the world of Rye. It's either young stuff like Turkey and Ritt, or the glorious old Medley stuff that puts me in the poor house. And yes, I do love Handy. But compared to Bourbon, Rye lovers are left with very few options. Oh well.
    Lots of great Rye around.

    I'm a big fan of Pikesville also, but hardly ever drink it as a sipper. It makes such good Manhattans and there are better sippers. Lots of good Rye available but Pikesville seems the best value as the Ritt I have bought havent been very good. Some samples sent by friends have been much better.

    Because of it's short supply It might be a crime of some sort to use Van Winkle Rye in a Manhattan (although it makes a great one ).

    JMHO but I think the High West Ryes are all really good with the Rendezvous making some knock out Manhattans and the 16 and 21 making delightful sippers. Also look for a new version from them that is a vatting of a two yr and 16yr that is different and really good, and probably at a good price point. I think their Rye new make is going to be bottled soon as a clear Rye also and it's tasty and a good mixer.

    Baby Saz is really good juice, the Saz 18 is a classic world class whiskey and I loves me some Handy on the right night.

    The Vintage 21 and 23 are from the same stocks as BMH and I believe the Rtitt 21 and older ryes - plenty of good drinking in those bottles if your taste runs to Rye with more wood.

    Overholt Rye makes a decent Manhattan as does Beam and Turkey - the Turkey is complex enough to be a sipper as is Russles Reserve Rye. Beam's Ri is a tasty pour if you can get past the bottle and marketing.

    I'm hearing Fleichman's Rye is a huge bargain although I haven't tasted any yet. Seems like I heard it came from the same source as Pikesville but I don't know for sure.

    I'm sure I forgot a few but it seems to me there is some good Rye to choose from.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Steve - what was the name of that Rye that I tried at your place the other night. I'm pretty sure you said it was (or close to) a 100% Rye mash bill. I really enjoyed that pour but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Pretty sure you are talking about the Old Portrero Hotelings. And I forgot to mention the three Old Ports. Since all the Old Ports are 100% Rye mash they have really helped me understand exactly what tastes in a whiskey are contributed by the Rye.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Well I still have some Pikesville Maryland Straight Rye...really good stuff. As for the current version, it is just HH rye (distilled at B-F?). The 3 yr old is Pikesville, the 4 to 6 yr is Rittenhouse. Makes a good Sazerac and Manhattan.
    Dave G.

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    Re: Am I the only one who likes Pikesville?

    Quote Originally Posted by dgonano View Post
    Well I still have some Pikesville Maryland Straight Rye...really good stuff. As for the current version, it is just HH rye (distilled at B-F?). The 3 yr old is Pikesville, the 4 to 6 yr is Rittenhouse. Makes a good Sazerac and Manhattan.
    My girlfriend's father says he used to drink a lot of that stuff. And it was excellent.

 

 

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