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  1. #11
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    IIRC, Rittenhouse also has an 80 proof version for those who are not interested in the 100 proof style. I have also tried most of these and found them all to be very drinkable or to use as a base to "Gilmanize" your two favorites. My two that I mix together are the Turkey 101 and OO 80. It makes for a very well rounded dram. Have not had Pikesville or Beam yet.
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    Mozilla, you will find that JB Rye tastes a lot like OO 80. It has that same mustiness or thickness and reminds me of OGD as well. So if you like OGD you should also like JB Rye.
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    I was told that Beam would soon come out with a higher proof OO. I like the affordability of Overholt and hope that they don't put it in the Small Batch collection, which is a little pricey. Maybe in the price range of Turkey rye ($18)or Bib bourbon($15-17).
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    I've only tried two on the list. WT and OO. The WT was quite good and the OO was good considering the price. I've heard the JB was pretty good but it isn't stocked in Oregon.

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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    I've had the Pikesville recently (stated to be 3 years old on the back) and didn't care for it straight. Sweet and spirity. Still, I've grown fond of it for a delicious, smooth, and refreshing high ball (mixed w/ 7-up). Will probably buy it again for that purpose due to the low price.

    However, it's maybe a dollar cheaper than Rittenhouse so I may just forget what I just said...

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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    I did a rye blind tasting yesterday at OscarV's house. I compared the Saz Jr. to the Rittenhouse BIB. I found the two very distinct.

    The Saz has a distinctive Buffalo Trace flavor...I don't know how to describe it other than that. It has the same soft vanilla that I get from BT, Benchmark, OC10, etc. It is spicier than any of the standard bottlings of the above mentioned. The Saz really benefited from some air exposure. Tag line: Soft and Spicy

    The Ritt has a proof advantage; you can taste it. I get more of a medicine/cinnamon quality. Tag line: Strong and Spicy.

    My bottom line: both are good and both are different than most bourbons. You should have one of these on your bar.
    For me, I'm going to replace my bottle of Ritt BIB with a bottle of Saz Jr. Ritt BIB isn't available in MI, and I like the softness/spiciness combo of the Saz.
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    Rittenhouse BIB gets my vote, it's a pretty solid value. The only other low cost rye (<$20) I've had was one I tried for the first time this weekend, OO 80, and I didn't think it was very good. It was drinkable but it tasted and smelled like it had some kind of piney household cleaner in it. 80 proof whiskeys almost always seem so lacking to me.
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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    It turns out that despite what the PLCB website says, you have to order no less than three bottles when ordering Ritt 100 and pay a small 3-5 $ fee. So, the Rittenhouse is probably out. Bummer.

    For some reason I am drawn to one the 11$ bottles (JB, OO or Pikesville.)

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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    Pikesville is also Heaven Hill, so it should be close to the Rittenhouse, though it's not available BIB.

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    Re: Whats the best low cost rye?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Pikesville is also Heaven Hill, so it should be close to the Rittenhouse, though it's not available BIB.
    Thanks. I did not know that.

 

 

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