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  1. #161
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Having some HW 16 while watching the World Series.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Baby Saz, tasty stuff.


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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Rittenhouse Rye... Love this stuff.


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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Saz18. Scored two new bottles today so now I can stop nursing the one I've had since last year. mighty fine.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    I'm drinking a freshly-purchased bottle of baby Saz. It's the first one I've bought in at least four years. I stayed away because with the exception of some unique bottlings from Binny's or TPS, baby Saz had an off-putting, vegetal flavor. Plus, I remembered it tasting an awful lot like bourbon. But, it'd been a long time and since I'm not bothering to chase the BTACs or any other limited stuff this season, I figured I'd give it a shot.

    And I've been very happily surprised. The grassy funk is gone and although it still isn't the rye-iest rye I've ever encountered (maybe that's a function of age?), it's definitely tasty. It's a big step up from the LDI/MGP stuff I've been drinking lately, as well as the E.H. Taylor Rye that cost twice as much. I guess I just like a little corn in my rye. It cost me $32 and for a moment I balked, remembering that it used to cost me about $26. But I'm enjoying it more than the $72 Taylor or the $40 Willett that are open alongside it, so suddenly $32 doesn't seem out of line. If my local store has any more available, I have a feeling I'll be going back for more when this one's empty.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAtomic View Post
    I'm drinking a freshly-purchased bottle of baby Saz. It's the first one I've bought in at least four years. I stayed away because with the exception of some unique bottlings from Binny's or TPS, baby Saz had an off-putting, vegetal flavor. Plus, I remembered it tasting an awful lot like bourbon. But, it'd been a long time and since I'm not bothering to chase the BTACs or any other limited stuff this season, I figured I'd give it a shot.

    And I've been very happily surprised. The grassy funk is gone and although it still isn't the rye-iest rye I've ever encountered (maybe that's a function of age?), it's definitely tasty. It's a big step up from the LDI/MGP stuff I've been drinking lately, as well as the E.H. Taylor Rye that cost twice as much. I guess I just like a little corn in my rye. It cost me $32 and for a moment I balked, remembering that it used to cost me about $26. But I'm enjoying it more than the $72 Taylor or the $40 Willett that are open alongside it, so suddenly $32 doesn't seem out of line. If my local store has any more available, I have a feeling I'll be going back for more when this one's empty.
    The baby Saz works nicely in Manhattans. I had been using Willet 4 yr 110 proof and Old Scout 99 proof. They were too strong. The 90 proof and the baby Saz flavor profile makes a very good Manhattan.
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by CL View Post
    The baby Saz works nicely in Manhattans. I had been using Willet 4 yr 110 proof and Old Scout 99 proof. They were too strong. The 90 proof and the baby Saz flavor profile makes a very good Manhattan.
    CL, I totally agree with you that the barrel proof Willett is a bit much in a cocktail. The baby Saz is a step up. I finally took the plunge and laid out the money for a jar of Luxardo cherries (painful but worth it). Between the baby Saz, a Luxardo cherry and a few splashes of orange bitters, it made for a hell of a Manhattan. Are you using Angostura bitters in yours? They've been my go-to but these Fee Brothers orange bitters have me reconsidering. Non-traditional but tasty.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAtomic View Post
    CL, I totally agree with you that the barrel proof Willett is a bit much in a cocktail. The baby Saz is a step up. I finally took the plunge and laid out the money for a jar of Luxardo cherries (painful but worth it). Between the baby Saz, a Luxardo cherry and a few splashes of orange bitters, it made for a hell of a Manhattan. Are you using Angostura bitters in yours? They've been my go-to but these Fee Brothers orange bitters have me reconsidering. Non-traditional but tasty.
    I just bought the Griottines cherries. Very painful price as well. Got yelled at by the wife! But, they are dang good cherries.

    I use different bitters. Yesterday someone gave me the Woodford whiskey barrel aged cherry bitters. Very nice.

    I also have Berg & Hauk aromatic bitters (non-potable version), Angostura aromatic bitters, Regan orange bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged aromatic bitters.

    The B&H are really strong. Don't use them much. Angostura is nice. Regan is good for a soft touch or going half and half with Angostura. Haven't made up my mind about the Fee Brothers. The Woodford cherry bitters have a soft touch like the Regan orange bitters, but with a little more taste.
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Having a pour of THH 2013. This time I'm sure it's the 2013 vintage, no mistakes tonight!

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Fall 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by KySalesRep View Post
    Having a pour of THH 2013. This time I'm sure it's the 2013 vintage, no mistakes tonight!
    That got a chuckle or two... Enjoy it in good health dude
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