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  1. #11
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Yeah i second what chuck said plus maybe the overholt (if they ever raise the proof back up). If I had to pick one I'd say rittenhouse bonded or baby saz (close 2nd).
    Last edited by trumpstylz; 06-05-2011 at 21:45.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Yalc View Post
    I just finished my first bottle of rye, Wild Turkey 101. I really enjoyed it, a lot! However, I want to try another before going back to WT. Should I go with Russell's Reserve or Baby Saz? I don't want to spend more right now and that is pretty much what is available to me locally. I know RR is Wild Turkey branded so is there that much of a difference?
    Thanks for the help.
    I would say there is a big difference between the 101 and the RR. It's not just the same juice, 2 years older and lower proof, it's an entirely different profile-- in my opinion, anyway. I like them both but for different reasons.

    I'd say go for Baby Saz.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Baby Saz or Rittenhouse, and don't shy away from Jim Beam Rye. It's the best-selling rye in the country by a long shot.
    I would try the Beam at a bar before purchasing a full bottle. McDonald's is the nation's leading restaurant, but so what?

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    I would try the Beam at a bar before purchasing a full bottle. McDonald's is the nation's leading restaurant, but so what?
    Plus I suspect Overholt and Beam are identical today... I can't tell them apart, anyway. So if someone were desperate to try rye from the House of Beam, I'd say go for Overholt at 2/3 the price.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    Plus I suspect Overholt and Beam are identical today... I can't tell them apart, anyway. So if someone were desperate to try rye from the House of Beam, I'd say go for Overholt at 2/3 the price.
    I agree. I also second your thoughts on Turkey vs. RR.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    My Favorite sipping Rye Whiskey's that I like to drink neat are:

    1. Thomas H Handy
    2. Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 yr old
    3. Sazerac 18
    4. Rittenhouse BIB
    5. Everything else I have tried is not a drink it neat sipping Rye whiskey for me (RI 1, Russells Reserve, Turkey 101, etc.)

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    My suggestion would be to try one from each house before doubling up.

    The taste profiles of Beam Rye and Overholt are similar but, again, Pick one. Picking the cheaper one is certainly appropriate.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    I always stock up on baby Saz when it's available. Good neat, and my go to rye for an Old Fashioned. Won't disappoint. When you have a little more money to spend I would also recommend the Double Rye and Rendevous Rye from High West.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Thanks to all for the suggestions. I think I will try one of each and work my way up the ladder. I haven't seen Rittenhouse in South Florida but am sure curious now.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    Plus I suspect Overholt and Beam are identical today... I can't tell them apart, anyway. So if someone were desperate to try rye from the House of Beam, I'd say go for Overholt at 2/3 the price.
    This is why I like the "old" Old Overholt vs the Beam stuff.

 

 

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