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  1. #11
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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    For what it's worth, the Smoky Beast blog posted a rare negative review for this one. Gave it their first F. (Not that anyone should base a decision on a blog review)

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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    I did a little tasting last night of Willett 3yo 110 proof rye, Redemption rye and an old (actually, THE old 2006 1st year) Handy 132.7 proof.

    The Willett and Redemption showed similar family resemblance, with the 3yo being rather simple with heat, the 6yo with more of everything is better all around. The Handy killed 'em both, with massive depth and complexity dark pit fruit, vanilla, chocolate and smoothness for it's strength.

    A bit of an unfair comparison. I'd give the Willett an 82 or 83, the RR about an 86 and the Handy a 94.

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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Picked one of these up today (first time I'd seen it, and when trying to search for info on it from my phone - this thread didn't pop up). Sounds like it might be hit/miss. Going to crack it after dinner and will share my notes. Figured $60 for 6 yr barrel proof rye (this batch is 122 proof) sounded like a fair ask. To Bruce's point - Handy can be had for that sometimes (although I never run across it - I'd buy it all day long at $60!), although I don't expect it to be that similar (this being 95% rye vs the THH "barely legal" rye mashbill).
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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Picked one of these up today (first time I'd seen it, and when trying to search for info on it from my phone - this thread didn't pop up). Sounds like it might be hit/miss. Going to crack it after dinner and will share my notes. Figured $60 for 6 yr barrel proof rye (this batch is 122 proof) sounded like a fair ask. To Bruce's point - Handy can be had for that sometimes (although I never run across it - I'd buy it all day long at $60!), although I don't expect it to be that similar (this being 95% rye vs the THH "barely legal" rye mashbill).
    I passed on this a few days ago but please feel free to share on Saturday if you are so inclined! Might cause me to change my mind.
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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    I passed on this a few days ago but please feel free to share on Saturday if you are so inclined! Might cause me to change my mind.
    I will definitely bring this on Saturday!

    Just cracked it open (and when I took the cork out, there was this "smoky mist"; not sure if they put something other than air in there with it? Not something I recall with other bottles?), so this is my first impression.

    Nose: Burnt orange zest, apricots, light spice, bit of mustiness to it. Unmistakably rye.

    Palate: Similar to the nose, more citrus than baking spices, nice and warm, but not hot for its proof. That sharpness I appreciate from a rye.

    Not sorry one bit with this buy! It isn't as nice as THH for sure (not as complex), but not a lot of barrel proof ryes out there for comparison.
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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    I was with the Smokey Beast the night he opened his bottle of Redemption BP rye and it was horrible.. It was like pickle juice and liquid fire were blended together to produce a whiskey. Last week I had the opportunity to sample Batch #2 (the SB bottle was batch #1) and it was a decent whiskey, exactly what you would expect barrel proof 6 yr LDI rye to taste like.

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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelturtle1 View Post
    I was with the Smokey Beast the night he opened his bottle of Redemption BP rye and it was horrible.. It was like pickle juice and liquid fire were blended together to produce a whiskey. Last week I had the opportunity to sample Batch #2 (the SB bottle was batch #1) and it was a decent whiskey, exactly what you would expect barrel proof 6 yr LDI rye to taste like.
    Mine in question is batch #1. It has opened up nicely over the last couple months. Still a simple, fruity-spicy little number that is OK, tho most likely I'll not spring for another.
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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    I currently have both the standard Redemption Rye and the Barrel Proof Redemption.

    The standard Redemption is fine. As an LDI, it tastes a lot like Dickel, only I find Dickel has a bigger flavor and spice and at a lower price.

    I was surprised to see Smokey Beast's negative review of Barrel Proof Redemption. I absolutely love it and will be buying another bottle as soon as my first is done. At 121 proof, this stuff packs a fist full of flavor like nothing else!

    Of my bottles of rye (I think I'm now up to 17 ryes), Barrel Proof Redemption is currently in my top five favorites.

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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist View Post
    I currently have both the standard Redemption Rye and the Barrel Proof Redemption.

    The standard Redemption is fine. As an LDI, it tastes a lot like Dickel, only I find Dickel has a bigger flavor and spice and at a lower price.

    I was surprised to see Smokey Beast's negative review of Barrel Proof Redemption. I absolutely love it and will be buying another bottle as soon as my first is done. At 121 proof, this stuff packs a fist full of flavor like nothing else!

    Of my bottles of rye (I think I'm now up to 17 ryes), Barrel Proof Redemption is currently in my top five favorites.
    Seemed like Batch 1 had some negative reviews. The current Batch 3 (Never saw a Batch 2 locally) seems to be better received.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Redemption Barrel Proof 6yr Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    Seemed like Batch 1 had some negative reviews. The current Batch 3 (Never saw a Batch 2 locally) seems to be better received.
    I just checked. Mine is batch 2.

 

 

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