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  1. #11
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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    The name comes from the Rittenhouse Hotel on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    Wasn't it also distilled in Pennsylvania - Continental perhaps? - at one point too Roger?
    I wonder if that bottle was made my Michters. I have a bottle of 20 year old rye from Michters given to me by Dick Stoll. He said they had quite a bit of 20 year old rye they sold off at one time. It is light for 20 years old.

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    Maybe..... According to Dave Ziegler, Rittenhouse was an exclusive Continental product that was made largely at the Linfield site and not "downtown" at Publicker. However, after the late 50's, distilling at Linfield shut down. By 1980, Continental exited the drinkable alcohols business. So if they ran out of Rittenhouse before 1980, they may have had to go elsewhere for rye- and Michter's would be a great candidate! So who knows the source of it during that period of time. If the bottle says "Distilled in Pennsylvania" it was most likely Continental, but could be Michter's. Regardless of where it was or wasn't distilled, any Continental or Michter's product will be a wonderful 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: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    To the guy who posted the pic of that old bottle, what is the date if any on it?

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Anything older than about 1996 was probably made at Medley. When that 1990 photograph was taken, it was a Glenmore product, made at Medley. Until it got Rittenhouse from Diageo, HH's main rye was Pikesville.
    Would this mean that the current Ritt 20+ year offerings are from that distillery?

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    I think the older stuff is medley.

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    Quote Originally Posted by tmckenzie View Post
    I think the older stuff is medley.
    No, it is not Medley, from what I recall it was distilled at Bernheim.
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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    All of the Rittenhouse 20+ was from a single batch made at Heaven Hill in Bardstown, DSP-31. It was made for a customer, probably Continental, that never claimed it. Heaven Hill eventually bought it back and released it.

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    Post Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    No, it is not Medley, from what I recall it was distilled at Bernheim.
    I came across this thread when I was looking for the history of how Heaven Hill seems to have acquired the Rittenhouse label, and saw many posts. Some may be a little wrong & most seem to be largely accurate based upon what I know. But my info is still sketchy and I am still not sure of all the historical paths & would appreciate any info. Not sure if Dave Zeigler would know.
    The name Rittenhouse did not come from the Hotel. It came from the Rittenhouse family from Germany who settled in Germantown, PA outside Phila around 1688. Others followed to Phila itself around 1789, including one Rittenhouse who was reported to be an escaped felon.
    I wanted to know the Heaven Hill-Rittenhouse connection because Iím a member of the Heaven Hill Society & keep trying to find out when Heaven Hill acquired the Rittenhouse label and whether they also obtained any of the other Continental Distilling brands, such as Inver House, Philadelphia, Kinsey and especially Old Hickory. Continental made a 20 yr old Barrel Proof Old Hickory that was incredible. They shut down in the late 1970s, I think. My family is/was related to Harry Publicker who owned Publicker Industries & Continental Distilling. We owned a trucking company and supplied bottles to Continental at their South Phila (Jackson St) warehouses. But most of the distilling of Rittenhouse was in Linfield, Pa. Iím pretty sure Old Hickory bourbon was made in South Phila. though, because I could smell the Mash whenever I went to the plant there or to the offices downtown.
    Rittenhouse Whiskey was always a reliable Bonded brand when I used to get it in the years it was made in Phila.
    I sent an inquiry to Heaven Hill, but I've done that several times & never get a response.

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    Re: Old Label Rittenhouse Rye question

    YES! Contact Dave. He's THE authority on Continental. I can tell you that Philadelphia Blended and Haller's Blended were picked up by Heaven Hill, in the 80's I believe. Old Hickory went to Medley and is now in the portfolio of some other company, but not active. Banker's Club is now a Laird's product. Inver House is owned by someone else, but is still in production and available in the green label here in the states. Many other brands Continental had are long gone- Kinsey Whisky, Lolita liquors, Cobb's Creek, etc... I don't know if Heaven Hill acquired any of its brands directly from Continental or they were secondhand through other sources. Dave can most likely clear it up.
    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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