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  1. #321
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Quote Originally Posted by BootsOnTheGround View Post
    I'm definitely surprised to hear peeps preferring Baby Saz. Man that stuff can be downright nasty. It sits on the shelves here for $27-$30 and deservedly so. This is coming from a guy who would take the '13 THH over all the other BTAC bottles any ole day and three times on Sunday.

    I found the last 1/3 of my MGP 4-yr Willett to be actually enjoyable.

    Ill have to watch for the Beam rye on sale sometime to try to find a budget rye that doesn't taste like industrial pool cleaner.
    I am with you on this. I actually had difficult finishing my last bottle of Baby Saz. Really harsh with the alcohol overpowering the rye flavor. Ritt BIB is ok but I prefer to mix with bourbon rather than drink alone. The budget options are pretty limited. Stepping up to $30, the options improve and, under $40, there are several decent options. I am ok with several of the MGP options...Willett, Bone Snapper, etc.

  2. #322
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    I've been on a rye kick lately and have mostly been drinking the Handy and EH Taylor rye. Still have the taste for rye I decided to bring up a bottle I've had for a while but haven't tried yet - Ritt BIB. It gets a lot of love here so I was looking forward to trying it so I open it, take my first taste and.........weird.....this is not what I was expecting. Goes down like bourbon more than rye to me. Some quick research shows that it's 51%rye, 37% corn, and 12% barley. That explains it. Now that I'm settling in with it with adjusted expectations, I'm enjoying it. As always, more 'research' is needed.
    Steve

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  3. #323
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Cracked a SAOS barrel proofer this evening. Just had a small sip (or two), but the initial impression is promising.

    I didn't notice much of the earthy, musty tobacco barn thing that I've grown to appreciate in many of the fine old ryes but the rye spice is bold and the finish was long and hearty.

    I'm looking forward to additional research as this bottle opens up!

  4. #324
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Quote Originally Posted by BootsOnTheGround View Post
    I'm definitely surprised to hear peeps preferring Baby Saz. Man that stuff can be downright nasty. It sits on the shelves here for $27-$30 and deservedly so. This is coming from a guy who would take the '13 THH over all the other BTAC bottles any ole day and three times on Sunday.

    I found the last 1/3 of my MGP 4-yr Willett to be actually enjoyable.

    Ill have to watch for the Beam rye on sale sometime to try to find a budget rye that doesn't taste like industrial pool cleaner.
    Love me some baby Saz!

  5. #325
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Oh sure - after I create an Excel calculator you point this out (quietly bookmarking)
    Oh don't feel bad. I did the same thing. Although I used Google Sheets so I could pull it up in my phone on the fly.
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  6. #326
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    Re: What rye are you drinking Spring/Summer 2014?

    Tucked into this incredible beast tonight. 25yr old sinGle barrell rye, #1779, 100proof. I only wish I had bought more of these at the Willett gift shop last month.

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

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    Old rye side by side by side. Consensus ranking-
    1) BMH 23-best on the palate, well integrated not overly woody even as the oldest.
    2) Vintage 21(sample provided by a fellow SBer)-best finish and nose.
    3) Hirsch 22- darkest of the three by far and the woodiest. A little more burn on the finish as well.

    All three are remarkable pours and the overall view was that there were only minimal differences and wouldn't pass a chance to drink any of them.
    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dusty View Post
    image.jpg
    Old rye side by side by side. Consensus ranking-
    1) BMH 23-best on the palate, well integrated not overly woody even as the oldest.
    2) Vintage 21(sample provided by a fellow SBer)-best finish and nose.
    3) Hirsch 22- darkest of the three by far and the woodiest. A little more burn on the finish as well.

    All three are remarkable pours and the overall view was that there were only minimal differences and wouldn't pass a chance to drink any of them.
    3 of my all-time favorite Whiskeys! Sadly, all I have left are 2 unopened Vintage 21(Which may be my favorite), 1 unopened Hirsch 22, and 1 inch of BMH.

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

    Finally procured an Angel Envy Rum Finished Rye. Wow, is it sweet. Not complaining, as I like how unique it is, but the sweetness can be a bit startling.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    Finally procured an Angel Envy Rum Finished Rye. Wow, is it sweet. Not complaining, as I like how unique it is, but the sweetness can be a bit startling.
    It's been a struggle to finish the bottle I have, batch 2. As you mentioned, it's quite sweet but that doesn't bother me as much as the weird hair salon smell and taste I get from my pours.

 

 

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