As many of you probably know, the Smoky Beast unleashed a blistering review of Redemption Rye Barrel Proof 6 yr. Many, including myself, have had quite a different impression of Redemption BP Rye and think it's very very good. Some have explained the Smoky Beast negative review as being attributable to a bad first batch.
My first bottle of Redemption BP (batch 2) was running low, and it being one of my favorite ryes, I ordered a replacement bottle. I was surprised when it arrived today to find that it was from the infamous batch 1. I briefly considered sending it back unopened. Then I thought it worth the price of admission just to sample this evil dragon acid for purposes of wordly experience and education.
I poured batch 1 (120.8 proof) and batch 2 (121.3 proof) side by side, smelled, and tasted.
I detected no difference between the two.
Batch 1 Redemption Barrel Proof 6 year is an excellent rye whiskey.