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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    As the differences aren't overwhelming, I do encourage everyone to try the comparison. The 354 I have was the first Ritt BIB I ever bought (and quite recently), so I didn't have any nostalgic attachment to it. For someone who has been drinking it for a long time, they may lean the other way (and maybe not). But I do agree - I think that many finding the two to be similar is good for HH and not destroying the label (and good for us who'd rather not have to bunker!!)
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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Just a heads up, if you're in the LA area and want to try a side by side comparison of DSP 1/354 for yourself, check out my post in the Bourbon Social forum, I'll be hosting a tasting event in a couple of weeks. Holler!

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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    The dsp-ky1s showed up at a local store today. So, I'm doing a side by side right now of 354 and 1.

    Color: no difference that I can tell.
    Nose:
    354 - richer, rounder, denser, caramelly sweetness
    1 - lighter, more airy, confectionary powder sugar sweetness, potpourri, flowery fragrance

    Palate:
    354 - Rich, round, full, Caramelly sweetness, Rye, dark chocolate, fuller mouthfeel
    1 - light, airy, more rye, flowery fragrance, lighter mouthfeel, a little bit of that metallic thingy similar to WR.

    Finish:
    354 - long flavorful finish, rye, spice, sweetness, oak, prickly
    1 - long hotter finish, more rye, spice, less sweetness, oak, more prickliness

    Overall, both really good! I find that I'll need more side by sides to enjoy them both. For my palate, 354 is comfort and it could be due to the familiarity factor. I did find that the "1" has much more similarity in characteristics to other rye whiskys. So, you might find it more comfortable if you have been drinking other ryes.

    I am definitely going to go find more 354s to bunker up. I was hoping it was closer that I won't have to bunker...

    I'll keep sipping rest of the night on these two.

    Edit: forgot to mention...the 354 is half full and have been open for several months. The 1 opened earlier tonight. I nosed and tasted the small pours immediately as well as letting it sit to open up. I'll have to keep trying these over the next few weeks to see if my opinions change.
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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Was it a blind tasting or did you know which was which? For me that seems to make a difference. I was also able to taste two newly opened bottles side by side. No idea if that made any difference but while I could tell they were slightly different both I and a friend picked the DSP-1.
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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    Was it a blind tasting or did you know which was which? For me that seems to make a difference. I was also able to taste two newly opened bottles side by side. No idea if that made any difference but while I could tell they were slightly different both I and a friend picked the DSP-1.
    It wasn't blind. They had such a different profile that I would have picked out which one was 354. As far as which one I liked better, i liked what felt more familiar immediately. Doesn't mean that I didn't like the 1. One important thing is that although I'll bunker a few more of 354 doesn't mean that 354 is better than 1...what taste better to one person may not be to another you'll have to taste it yourself and figure out which you like better.

    I also understand that a newly opened bottle can make a difference but they just taste very different to me. Even with the 1 being opened for months, I don't see it getting closer to what the 354 taste like. That is of course what I am able to make out with my palate. Everyone's different

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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    I think Bill also did a SBS (blind?) with a 354 that had been opened for some time, and had a similar report. Like Bruce, mine were both opened within the same week. But, I don't have that same familiarity factor. I've had Ritt BIB on a few occasions before, but never owned one until recently. I think that may be a big factor for many (if you've grown to love that specific flavor profile, the differences will be more pronounced).
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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    I think Bill also did a SBS (blind?) with a 354 that had been opened for some time, and had a similar report. Like Bruce, mine were both opened within the same week. But, I don't have that same familiarity factor. I've had Ritt BIB on a few occasions before, but never owned one until recently. I think that may be a big factor for many (if you've grown to love that specific flavor profile, the differences will be more pronounced).
    Gary, I really think that's the case here but would be interested to hear others' experiences on this.

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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    DSP 1 - Cornier, less ethonol taste, thin, very bourbony. DSP 354 Spicier and has a better mouthfeel. I'm going to grab a few 354s for the bunker just for reference throughout the years I don't know which i prefer as they both seem to have merits.

    DSP 1 with a willet single Barrel of LDI Rye poured at a 1 to 1 ratio is right on the money....
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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Seems no one is reporting the 'earthy' taste I like so much in the DSP-354 when describing the DSP-1. Is it missing or did I just have an unusual batch?
    Last edited by MauiSon; 08-05-2013 at 13:14.

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    Re: DSP 354 vs DSP 1 Rittenhouse - How's the new stuff?

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiSon View Post
    Seems no one is reporting the 'earthy' taste I like so much in the DSP-354 when describing the DSP-1. Is it missing or did I just have an unusual batch?
    I don't recall DSP-324 being particularly "earthy" to me. I didn't notice it in either one when I did my SBS.
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