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    Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    Not a straight rye, but Jacquin's Rock and Rye is a pretty interesting product. I kept seeing it lurking on the shelf of my local state store and decided to buy a bottle. It's actually really good stuff. I've done some reading online and it seems it historically was rye whiskey that rock candy (and occasionally fruit) was added to to take away some of the bitter/sourness. I had some straight to get the flavor of it by itself and it seems like it would mix perfectly into 7up or would be great to drink straight when you have a cold or flu. Are there any other Rock and Rye fans or am I going to be a loner on this one?

    As a side note, any idea who's rye is going into this stuff???
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    I have some, Jacquin's and Hiram Walker's brand. It is so sweet I find it blends well with any bourbon or of course rye, 50/50 is about right for me.

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    I remember seeing Jacquin's Rock and Rye on my father's bar when I was a small child back in the early sixties. What always caught my eye was the fruit in the bottom of the bottle. Fast forward forty years later: last summer I spied a bottle in my local liquor store, a small family-run business that's been in the community for decades. I asked the owner if he had ever tasted the JRR and he told me that it was too sweet for his liking but that it makes a good mixer. I ended up buying the bottle (which was probably a true "dusty," as it looked as if it had been on the shelf for an eternity). I actually enjoyed the flavor straight up, though it is quite sweet and some folks may find it hard to take for that reason. But, as you said, it is a wonderful winter drink when you are not feeling well--just mix with some boiling hot water and you're good to go! I plan on researching the brand, now that you've brought it up. I believe it originated in Philadelphia in the late 1800's but don't quote me on that.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    Does Jacquin's have a website? I think they do, but I can't find it.
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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    I saw this in a store in DE yesterday. It looks like there are chunks of fruit in it.

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    Yes. They give a nice mild citrus hint of flavoring to it.
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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    I tried to do some on-line research about them the other day. I didn't find much, although they are a very old company. They seem to be associated with Chatham Imports, which is the outfit selling the new Michters's.

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    I seem to recall that they are or were New Orleans-based, is it possible Chatham bought the company or brands in recent years?

    Gary

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    Interesting association of companies there if that is true. Any idea of the source of the rye in the Rock and Rye? I would assume it's probably HH or Beam or something since Jacquin's doesn't distill whiskey.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: Jacquin's Rock and Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    I seem to recall that they are or were New Orleans-based, is it possible Chatham bought the company or brands in recent years?

    Gary
    I did all sorts of Google searches and was surprised at how little information can be found regarding Jacquin's Rock & Rye. I did come across one guy's recent auction of an older bottle that reportedly said on the label: "Made and bottled by Charles Jacquin et Cie, Inc. Philadelphia, PA, EST 1884" and the seller indicated the bottle was from the 1950s. So now I'd like to get to the bottom of this mystery. The name sounds French and the very nature of the drink smacks of New Orleans but what little info I can find keeps pointing back to Philadelphia. Strange!
    Last edited by unclebunk; 01-23-2011 at 06:25.
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