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  1. #91
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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    My Willett 5 year is from Barrel 58. TPS bottled from barrel 44. I hope they keep coming!

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Willett 4 year 110 proof Rye from Spec's. A tiny splash of water or 1 ice cube and I am good to go!

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    I've been enjoying WT101 Rye since getting the last two at a local store yesterday. Today I tried mixing WT101 5:2:1 with VWFRR and water. I like this mixture but will play with the ratio a bit. The VW adds just a little wood to the brash youth of the WT.

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by clingman71 View Post
    Today I tried mixing WT101 5:2:1 with VWFRR and water.
    I find myself scratching my head and spitting out wads of the bile I just puked up in my mouth after reading this. I am astounded that anyone would think to mix VWFRR with anything, let alone a 4 year old WTR.

    I'll allow that I did have a bottle of VWFRR which was clearly a dud, so if that's the case with your bottle, more power to your mixing. If it's anything like the last two bottles I had from the 2011 allocation, however, my only recourse is to
    "A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWF View Post
    I find myself scratching my head and spitting out wads of the bile I just puked up in my mouth after reading this. I am astounded that anyone would think to mix VWFRR with anything, let alone a 4 year old WTR.

    I'll allow that I did have a bottle of VWFRR which was clearly a dud, so if that's the case with your bottle, more power to your mixing. If it's anything like the last two bottles I had from the 2011 allocation, however, my only recourse is to
    I must say that I agree with you. While I've never had a dud VWFRR, even if I did I can't imagine doing this.

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Willett 3yr. Definitely taste the LDI character, but more rounded and sweeter than Bulleit. I'm getting a little dill on the finish, but it's not overpowering and just pops up enough to impart a charming character. Glad my wife decided to grab this one. She's a keeper!
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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWF View Post
    I find myself scratching my head and spitting out wads of the bile I just puked up in my mouth after reading this. I am astounded that anyone would think to mix VWFRR with anything, let alone a 4 year old WTR.

    I'll allow that I did have a bottle of VWFRR which was clearly a dud, so if that's the case with your bottle, more power to your mixing. If it's anything like the last two bottles I had from the 2011 allocation, however, my only recourse is to
    This bottle was not a dud, just down to the last little bit. I got to the last pour of my bottle and filled a 50ml glass bottle that I use to keep valued "last pours". There was about 10 ml left over that didn't fit into the small bottle, and was not really enough for a pour of it's own. So I vatted 25 ml WT, 10 ml VW, and 5 ml water. Everytime I try a blend of something, I write down the particulars. When my next bottle of VWFRR gets to the same place, I will try something along the same lines with a slightly different ratio. Don't get yourself in a panic, it was 10ml we are talking about. Not all blend/vattings are bottles, sometimes its simply a few drops of something. These small amount blends are a unique opportunuty to try things you may not normally try.
    Last edited by clingman71; 03-04-2012 at 18:15.

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    I like to mix my VWFRR with Red Bull.
    "Brownest of the brown liquors..so tempting. What's that? You want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial!" L. Hutz

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by tommyboy38 View Post
    I like to mix my VWFRR with Red Bull.

    Van Winkle gives you wings!

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    Re: What rye are you enjoying? - Winter 2012

    I also can't imagine blending VWFRR with anything else. Nectar of the gods diluted in anything else just gets you less to enjoy.

    I poured some WT101 rye and Bulleit rye tonight to see if I should go out to pick up a bunch of WTR before they're gone for good.

    The bulleit smells better out of the bottle: nice spice with a floral character, some mint, and a bit of grassiness. It actually reminds me of HH products. As it sits an herbal character starts to really develop.

    The Wild turkey doesn't smell integrated in the bottle. It smells like rye whiskey mixed with corn whiskey with little integration. After some time in the glass the aroma melds a bit leaving a corn sweetness on top of a touch of grassiness. While I like corn whiskey, the corn is a bit too dominant here for my nose.

    In the mouth, the spice comes across more in the bulleit than the WTR. There's a bit of sweetness in the bulleit that helps to balance the spice, but not nearly as much as the WTR.

    The WTR seems more viscous on the tongue.

    Overall I prefer the Bulleit rye which surprises me a bit. I like the higher proof of the WTR, which has led to its abundant use in cocktails in the house. I've got a few bottles put away, but it seems like I'll just look for some more high proof LDI rye.

    Later this week I'll compare the WTR to Ritt BiB to see how the high proofs stack up.

 

 

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