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  1. #21
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    In my opinion Old Overholt is a tired, diluted, and watery rye. To me it's in dire need of some help, namely more proof. It's become a real ho hum whiskey to my tastes especially when, for a little more you can get Rittenhouse BIB, Sazerac, Russell's Reserve Rye, and a number of others you all have named.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    If you want to try a Beam product - go for R(1), as long as it's around $23. Used to be a "premium mixer" drink - $40+, but that didn't work, so no it's on sale everywhere. Saw it at Specs for $19.99.

    Baby Saz is where it's at for the under $30 range. Rittenhouse BIB is a close 2nd, and usually $5-$7 cheaper.

    Russel's Reserve can range from low $20's to mid $30's - at the $25 range it's a steal. Very smooth, rich, wintergreen and rye flavors. More "elegant" than in your face. Very different from the WT 101 Rye (which is among my faves).

    If you can find Bulleit Rye at the right price, it's fun - tastes almost the same as Redemption Rye. Templeton is essentially the same, but costs a bit more and is much harder to find - I think it's a bit older, too (I prefer it, but hard to come by and usually low $30's). All made by LDI in Indiana.

    Pikesville & Rittenhouse (non BIB) are, essentially, the same thing. Along with old Overcoat & Beam, they make up the bottom shelf of Ryes - but some people do like them - at well under $20, they are worth at least trying once (maybe not the Beam... sorry, just don't like it much).

    About the most inclusive list of Rye's on the market is found here (obvious omissions are there, but not many...):
    http://www.thepartysource.com/expres...&s=RYE+WHISKEY

  3. #23
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    I like the WT rye as well as any of the ryes mentioned here. I'm not a fan of the Baby Saz, but I can't put my finger on why. I think it has a good peppery finish like a good rye should have, but the initial taste doesn't suit my tastes well.

    If you have access to the Michigan or Chicago market, you might investigate "Old George" from the Grand Traverse (micro) Distillery. It runs about $40, but I found it to be very good. It is available at Binny's if your state is on the list for shipping.

  4. #24
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    van Winkle--hard to find
    Whistlepig
    Bulleit--hey, their bourbon is high in rye. I liked the rye at Binny's Whiskey night before WhiskeyFest
    "A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it."
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  5. #25
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Second for Whistle Pig.

    Also I love Templeton.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris24 View Post
    Second for Whistle Pig.

    Also I love Templeton.
    I love LDI Rye, but not at 80proof and $40.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    IMHO...I don't think you can beat Ritt BIB [I]for the money.[I] However, if you ever see the Van Winkle FRR don't hesitate to shell out the dough...I'd love to hear someone's opinion that didn't think it was worth the $60. Also, I haven't tasted it yet, but I can't wait to try the Jefferson's Rye.

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Ritt BIB, Bulleit Rye, WT Rye, and Handy all taste very good to me and are my "go to" ryes out of the ones that I own....I typically drink the Handy a little more sparingly given the price, but I do find it to be very good.
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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by jcg9779 View Post
    but I do find it to be very good.
    Good? It's GREAT!

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    Re: Help Me Choose My Next Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    Good? It's GREAT!
    GREAT? It's....it's....whatever comes after GREAT.
    Not sure what that is, so I'll go with FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!
    Stagg continues to be the King of the Antique Collection, to me. But, the Handy is a close second.
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