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    Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    So, what's the deal with Stitzel-Weller's ryed bourbon(s)? What brands were they sold under and how long were they produced? How did they taste compared to similar offerings from other distilleries? I don't see much about this topic so any info would be appreciated.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    I recall reading here that some ryed bourbon was made on an as needed basis at S-W after the UD merger. It would have sold as one of the UD labels or as bulk.

    Pick a UD or Diageo label from the 80's or 90's and it could have had some DSP-16 ryed bourbon.
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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    It would be really cool to have label names from that period that would produced at DSP-16.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    The ryed Bourbon produced at SW in the late 80s early 90s was made to support the Kentucky Tavern label which was a major UD brand at the time. UD also threw some SW wheat whisky in the label from time to time.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by mbroo5880i View Post
    It would be really cool to have label names from that period that would produced at DSP-16.
    The bonded KTs did have DSP 16 on the label.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    When I was at United Distillers as a grad student, the distillery made some I W Harper and Old Charter while they were working on the new Bernheim, but not much. Under the van Winkles, the distillery made mostly wheat recipe, but they also did some contract distilling which would call for a traditional bourbon being made.
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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    Also, since SW specialized in the wheated Bourbon there's no guarantee their rye recipe whisky would have been any better than that made by others.
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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    As Mike indicated, it's not like they never made rye-recipe bourbon at SW, but it was never a regular thing. Chances are that the rye-recipe bourbon made there was mixed with rye-recipe bourbon made at Yellowstone, Medley, Buffalo Trace, Old Bernheim, New Bernheim or some other distillery before it was bottled. Going on a quest for rye-recipe SW is pretty hopeless mission. Plus I think people have this idea that anything SW touched must be gold. It's not.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Plus I think people have this idea that anything SW touched must be gold. It's not.
    I've had some S-W (wheated) juice that was pretty bad. I was just curious if ryed bourbons were something they produced on a regular basis (and if so, what could be said about them.) Since the answer to that is no, I now know why the topic isn't brought up much. Thanks for the info guys!
    Last edited by smknjoe; 10-01-2013 at 16:34.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Stitzel-Weller Rye Recipe Bourbon

    I drank Kentucky Tavern in the early-to-mid-90's, it was imported to Ontario then. It was one of the best bourbons I've ever had with a rich malty/fruity quality. While I suppose some wheat make got in there, I'd think they sent the rye stuff here given the Canadian predilection for rye. It didn't taste like a wheater either, even at its S-W best.

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    Last edited by Gillman; 10-01-2013 at 16:33.

 

 

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