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  1. #31
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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Quote Originally Posted by CorvallisCracker View Post


    Christian
    Wait a minute! I seem to be missing something, oh yeah, an eye! Or is that my third eye there?

    yeah, yeah off topic, I know.
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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    Wait a minute! I seem to be missing something, oh yeah, an eye! Or is that my third eye there?
    It's a special eye, for spotting Rye.


    There we go. Back on topic!
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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    In terms of U.S. blends, I like Seagram 7 Crown, which is quite full-flavoured. I'm sure most don't drink it neat, but it tastes like a lighter straight rye to me.

    I also like Barton's blends I find in Kentucky (I guess Tom Moore's now), some of which are reputed to have higher percentages of straight whiskey - I read that once somewhere. The thing too about those, admittedly not widely distributed I believe, is they have a "house" taste, a formula that gives them something distinctive. There is one that is sort of dates-like.

    Then there is, also mostly a KY thing, the Bourbon - A Blend category, 51% bourbon the rest GNS.

    I'd compare those favourably to the best Canadian whiskies.

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    They're constantly changing the recipes on these things and always in the direction of more GNS, less whiskey. There has been another burst of it in recent years because the supply of fully-aged whiskey has gotten so tight. Back when we were still in glut mode, whiskey content was as high as 40% in some of the main blends, including some of the Bartons, but they're probably no longer. At least the law requires the GNS percentage to be on the label. I always look. These days it seems like they're all right at 20% -- the legal minimum -- except S7, which is 25%.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Barton Reserve is shown as 70% neutral spirits on the Barton website, the others (I only took at quick look) at 20%.

    It is possible though too whomever was writing what I recall reading was referring also to the Bourbon - A Blend category, which are half bourbon. One of these is shown in the same (blended whiskey) part of the site.

    As always, taste tests are needed, the next time in Kentucky I'll look for some and see how they stack up.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Taste tests indeed Gary, you have piqued my interest in Barton blends, I'm confident I can find a few around here.

    And no Chuck, I have no high expectations but am interested looking into American blends that in a highball might please my non whisky drinking social friends.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Interested in blends? Make your own! Use good bourbon and good vodka and I guarantee you'll like the results better than anything you can buy. To approximate the typical American blend use four parts vodka to one part whiskey.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Tried that with mixed results but I was looking for a richer taste profile. Now I would like to see what the professionals are doing.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Tried that with mixed results but I was looking for a richer taste profile. Now I would like to see what the professionals are doing.
    By all means. One thing they may do, like the Canadians and Scots, is use very strongly flavored whiskey since they know they're going to dilute it so much. That's why LDI makes a 95% rye whskey, as a flavoring whiskey for blends.

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    Re: Went for some Rye for a change

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I get a slight hint of coco in the nose of Tangle Ridge which I believe is a 100% rye whisky. Does anyone else notice this?
    I have not had the Tangle Ridge Canadian Whisky. Although it is made with a 100% rye mashbill (and aged 10 years), I believe that it is blended with a bit of sherry after the aging.

 

 

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