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    LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Got my first chance to taste this one last night. A complete counterpoint to the Willett. Much redder in color, this one whacks you over the head with wood, leather, spice and richness up front with a sharp thwack of pepper down the back. A bruiser, it lacks the elegance/balance of the Willett but is a magnificent counterpoint. Wish I had a bottle.

    228 bottles, 67.6% abv, and the best packaging ever!
    Jake Parrott
    Ledroit Brands, LLC

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    I decided to forgo purchasing a bottle since I just recently bought a bottle of RH21 from LeNell's. By the time I finally decided to just go for broke, the Red Hook Rye was sold out.

    I would have loved to compare the 21yr old to the 22.

    Happy New Year!

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by snoballz View Post
    I decided to forgo purchasing a bottle since I just recently bought a bottle of RH21 from LeNell's. By the time I finally decided to just go for broke, the Red Hook Rye was sold out.

    I would have loved to compare the 21yr old to the 22.
    There's no comparison, thanks to the stripping/watering of the RH21.
    Jake Parrott
    Ledroit Brands, LLC

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Can someone post a picture of this bottle?
    Chris/Oregon

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    IMHO, the two best-looking labels of '06 (only slightly stained )
    Sorry the flash photo doesn't capture the color of the whiskey itself; the Red Hook is a shade redder / less orangey than the Willett.

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    Last edited by oldironstomach; 01-03-2007 at 13:18.
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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    That label reminds of a rum bottle for some reason. Don't know why. I am just not sure if I like the Red Hook label or not.

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashPuppy View Post
    That label reminds of a rum bottle for some reason. Don't know why. I am just not sure if I like the Red Hook label or not.
    Ok, but do you like whats behind the label in the bottle???

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Maybe I should have phrased that a little differently. The Red Hook packaging is one of my faves of '06. Let's face it, the label isn't exactly a watershed of graphic design. But the theme is brassy and full of moxie, which is so appropriate if you've met LeNell herself. Or tasted the whiskey. Moreover, I love the handwriting directly on the bottle in two places, as well as the completely gratuitous wax 'L' on the bottle shoulder.
    Dave

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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    The packaging is pure LeNell. She also includes a letter discussing the barrel selection event with the Kulsveens, how the proof changed in the barrel from the time she selected the barrel to the time it was bottled, etc......but a nice touch. But I find the wax "L" and the "heart" Lenell to be a little too much from purely a product design standpoint....particularly with the name "Red Hook", a tattood bicep and barrel proof whiskey in the bottle. Looking forward to opening it in a rye tasting we'll be doing this weekend.

    Thanks Tim....AKA Dinky Banjo.
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    Re: LeNell's Red Hook Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by doubleblank View Post
    ...particularly with the name "Red Hook", a tattood bicep and barrel proof whiskey in the bottle.
    Keep in mind that Red Hook, the neighborhood in Brooklyn, is an old working-class waterfront locale - even if has become a bit yuppified today. A stevedore hoisting a hefty shot of rye would not at all be out-of-place...
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

 

 

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