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  1. #221
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Loving some Ritt BIB tonight.
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Some notes/impressions on the Leopold Rye if you please.
    Squire,

    This wasn't addressed to me, but if you don't mind me being a buttinski, here are my notes from a long-buried thread on the 2012 batch of Leopold Bros. Maryland Style Rye:

    "As others have said, it's quite unique. At first sniff and taste it reminded me of Redbreast. Both the fruit and chocolate flavors really set it apart from any other American whiskey I've had. There's green apple, black tea and -- again, as others have noted -- a blast of cocoa (even more than in the 25 YO Willett bottling of a few years ago that was my previous benchmark for chocotastic whiskey). For a young rye, the sheer number of flavors is remarkable -- I base this on other young whiskies I like, including the Party Source Willett 3 YO bourbon and the various young Willett ryes, which are great but pretty one-note. And equally important, taken as a whole it's delicious stuff. It's not just "interesting" or "different"; the flavors work together to make an enjoyable whole.

    From reading this thread I understand that the Leopold's didn't want the effects of aging to overwhelm the flavors in this whiskey. I can respect that, but am also very anxious to try this whiskey at a more advanced age and perhaps a slightly higher proof. It tastes and feels a bit thin, if that makes any sense. But the fact that such a young rye at just 43% is so striking is really impressive."

    I've tasted it a couple of times since finishing my bottle in 2012 and still feel it's one of the most satisfying craft whiskey products I've come across (along with some Charbay bottlings). To me, it's not a novelty product and I'd buy it again, just not at the prices my local store charges ($50+). But it's not something I'd reach for every night and I do think it would benefit from more age.
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Couple ounces of a mingle of Jeff10 and WFER 4yr (honestly not sure why I made a mingle of this before? It ain't bad, but not special either . . . now it's just empty!)
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Great notes Mr A. I just have to find a bottle of this.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    SAOS 7 year old, good thing I bought 2 bottles as this goes down way too easy.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    HW Double Rye. Really great, getting better each time.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Handy Sazerac '12 followed by VWFRR '12. 2012 was a good year for rye.
    They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games-Casey Stengel

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Healthy pour of Collingwood 21. I initially thought the 90 proof was too low....not so. Wish I had bought more.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Quote Originally Posted by TunnelTiger View Post
    Great notes Mr A. I just have to find a bottle of this.
    Very happy to provide tasting notes. And there's one store nearby that had a bottle the last time I checked. When I'm there next, I'll take a look for you.

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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    WFE 25 yr rye and their new 2 yr rye. Both tasted at the gift shop after a tour. Though young, I thought the 2 yr was quite nice and pleasurable. Didn't have enough time with the 25yr but my brother in law bought a bottle to bring over tonight to celebrate the parents in law 50yr wedding anniv so I will get a good taste tonight.

 

 

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