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    Hello from Chicago also!

    Hello,

    I'm new to this forum and just wanted to post hello. I'm currently living in downtown Chicago and am originally from Tampa, FL. I just started drinking whiskey about a year ago and really enjoy a good rye. So far my favorites are Journeyman Ravenswood and HW Rendezvous. Anyone have any other good rye recommendations? I enjoy it with a single ice cube (those giant king cubes to be more specific). Thanks in advance for any direction anyone can provide.

    Shorkologist

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Welcome to SB. The Chicago contingent is growing, apparently. I'm jealous. RE: ryes - there are some recent threads on recent releases and some older ones under "Archives" that should provide you with a ton of knowledge. Also, there are some basic bourbons that emphasize rye in their mash bills so even though they are at least 51% corn, rye can dominate.

    Specific ryes I like: Rittenhouse makes a wonderful 100 proof rye, and although it's a little pricy for what you get, Sazerac 6 yr. is not bad imo (edit to add "especially in cocktails") .

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Welcome Shorkologist from another Chicagoan! (And thanks for your hello to me on the other thread). I second Harry's recommendation as to the baby Saz (one of my favorites). Russell's is another good one at a "reasonable" price point. And if you're itching for something with higher proof, check out some of the LDI/MGP based ryes, in particular, Willett and Old Scout.

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Welcome to 'the board', Shorkologist! Have FUN!!! That's what it's all about.

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Welcome aboard Shorkologist. Saz Rye is great, ....when it can be found. I stay full on Tempelton, and High West.

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Hey Shork, welcome aboard.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Welcome, Shorkologist! Glad to have you here on SB. I'm particularly gratified, because as a recently transplanted Floridian, you somehow managed to survive this past awfulest of awful Winter in Chicago! A wretched one up there, for sure.

    Please join in the conversation often, and "thirding" Harry 's fine recommendation, try and pick up a Saz Jr.
    JOE

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    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

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    Re: Hello from Chicago also!

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Welcome, Shorkologist! Glad to have you here on SB. I'm particularly gratified, because as a recently transplanted Floridian, you somehow managed to survive this past awfulest of awful Winter in Chicago! A wretched one up there, for sure.

    Please join in the conversation often, and "thirding" Harry 's fine recommendation, try and pick up a Saz Jr.
    Ok, since three people recommended it I just went ahead and got two bottles of the 6 year Saz a.k.a Saz Jr. a.k.a baby Saz. I'll let you know how they worked out. Thanks everyone for the recommendations and the warm welcome!

    Joe - This has been only my second winter in Chicago and you're right it was a brutal one. Luckily we're starting to come out of it, and of course I had some fine spirits to keep me warm.

 

 

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