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  1. #1
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    Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    My first review so be nice (noob w/ 2 years bourbon experience) My former libation was Rum which I was very knowledgeable on until I realized sweetness and low proof doesn't equate to good flavor. Out of the three my favorite by far was Rittenhouse. It had spice at first...not too sweet with a nice chocolate Mocha caramel finish. My second favorite was sazerac which I found a little too sweet at first but balanced out with a vanilla note. The Bulleit, while I still liked it, was a blast of mint at first and failed to balance out.

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    I haven't done a 3 way of those, but if I had to guess I think I would also put the Ritt BIB on the top. It is definitely more balanced than the Bulleit; while they are both rye whiskey, the Ritt is a barely legal rye, which I think has greater appeal - although sometimes I'm in the mood for that pure rye smack. Nice notes!
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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Thanks, Dave43. I've not done a SBS, but I've had a lot of all three. Your ranking is my ranking and pretty much for the same reasons.

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Barely legal bondage. Hehe

    Hehe

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    My ranking is Saz, Ritt and the Bulleit I dislike so much I haven't bought another bottle

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Totally agree with TT... cant get on board with the Bulliet Rye.

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Quote Originally Posted by JDSmith619 View Post
    Totally agree with TT... cant get on board with the Bulliet Rye.
    funny thing is is I had the bulleit a day later by itself and I really enjoyed it. It had a nice black cherry note which I really liked...I might have to do a blind sbs.

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Old Ritt is my favorite (but don't care for the new Ritt), Baby Saz is second (harder to find around here), and Bulliet is third (I buy Dickel Rye instead for that high rye taste because they are very similar to me and Dickel is cheaper).

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    For these, I really like Baby Saz the most, however, it's not a fair comparison because I can get Bulleit and Ritt Rye anytime, but the Sazzy is much harder to come by. I really enjoy the sweetness and candied fruit flavors

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    Re: Rye Faceoff:Sazerac, Rittenhouse & Bulleit

    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Old Ritt is my favorite (but don't care for the new Ritt)
    Give the new stuff another shot. I was firmly in the same boat as you based on early samples. But the newer batches are getting better. It's still not as good as the 354 stuff, but it's definitely getting closer IMO.
    trying to walk a straight line,
    on sour mash and cheap wine

 

 

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