"To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
The first rule of wood and spice fight is we talk about it.
Tasted a multitude of fine ryes last night. Most of the standard heavy hitters were there, except Ritt 21 and any BMH ryes. We calibrated with Ritt BIB. The only geezers I hadn't tasted yet were Hirsch 21 and Vintage 23. I was sorely disappointed in both, and have crossed them off my hunting list. Not in the ballpark of my faves (V21, Hirsch 22, VWFRR), and would not recommend. V23 has a nice nose and palate entry, but quickly turns into a musty/funky mess, all bitter and woody on the finish. The Hirsch 21 has way too much alcohol burn and lacks the depth of flavor and complexity of its older siblings. Between the two bottles I'm out $300 and I kinda feel like fool.
Trey my education was also expensive and that's why I don't buy brands with unverified contents.