American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics
  • I picked up a bottle of Willett Single Barrel Rye (109 proof) for $40 at Spec's today. The label says it was distilled by them. I haven't had any of their own rye yet (just the MGP stuff..which was very good). Anyone else had the single barrel yet? I know there was a 2 year old released but I don't believe it was a single barrel.    

  • So I picked up a 50ml of Winchester Rye one time while I was at a local total wine store. I believe it is their store brand. I took a vacation to Tennessee last week, and decided to bring a few of my 50ml bottles along for the ride, and this one came with. The bottle was either $1.99 or $.99. I can't remember. The 750ml were somewhere around $20. My initial reaction was that it smelled pretty good. Lots of Rye. It reminded me (a little) of a 95% MGP from the nose. First taste, and I immediately thought of CRNHR. It had that same young Rye flavor, just without some of the bananas foster taste. It tasted very young. Very little complexity or depth, but I liked it, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. If you like northern harvest Rye, this will probably tickle your fancy. If you like HW double Rye, also give this a try. It is 90 proof. The bottle lists SC on the label, and it is produced by Terressentia. I've never heard of them before.

  • I recently toured Mount Vernon, the gristmill and distillery. I did some searches for tasting notes on the rye sold there but didn't find much. At Mount Vernon you can only sample the 2 they are serving with a steep payment, which i refused to do. It's a bit of a runaround if you expect things to work the way they do at most distillery tours. (was told it was because we were in Virginia, not Kentucky) You can't visit the distillery while it's up and running. That's only done when Mount Vernon is closed to the public off season, and when it's cooler I would imagine. There are no tastings at the distillery, only at the restaurant 3 miles back at Mount Vernon and good luck with that if they are over crowded . I recommend only visiting Mount Vernon early spring and fall. I was not given straight answers to any of my pointed questions at the distillery. For example, when I asked if their aged barrels were keep in their own rack house? I was told yes but no one knows where that location is on the property, for whatever reason. When asked if they use their own gristmill grains for distillations and I was told yes, but then later I asked the mill operator and he said no, because the equipment does not meet FDA specifications.     So anyway what I was wondering if anyone has any comparisons or if they have any tasting notes on any GW versions dating back to 2010? If this is all very much legit as it is purposed to be should it be good? I know the price is all about collectibility, charitable proceeds, limited editions, and the so-so GW connection means nothing to the outcome of the final product. I'm sure most of the purchased bottles have never been opened. So if you're one of the few people who have bought a bottle or two and drank enough to give it a good review I'd like to hear about it. I really am a huge history buff but also one with a limited budget and at these price points, $89 and $189, if I buy a bottle it's only going to be cracked on a super special occasion. I want it to be at least good, if not great for that day.

  • I figured a new thread was in order for the warm months    Picked up a few Pikesville at Costco for $44. Also got a 1L WT101 Rye for $35 after not being able to find it anywhere, only the 81 proof.

  • A 6 y/o Templeton Rye popped up on the Michigan new items list a few days ago. Has anybody seen a label for this or heard anything?

  • Since my son and his family live 400+ miles away from us and he's not a whiskey drinker, I always keep a bottle at his house for when we visit. Right now it's a Ritt DSP-1, my first one that's not a DSP-354 and I have to say it's been a hit or miss pour for me. I've been working on it for probably 8 months (we try to get out there once a month). This last Friday it was harsh and nasty, Saturday it was OK but certainly nothing to get excited about. All is well though.......came home tonight and brought out the Ritt 23yr. Damn this is delicious!  

  • This just showed up in Virginia so I picked one up even though I'm not a huge Rye guy.  70% Rye mashbill, 4 years old 94 proof.  This surprised me a little because I wasn't a big fan of the rested rye from a couple years ago.  That had tons of banana in it and this has none.  It's nice and spicy with a hint of cherries.  Some nice oak and a tiny bit of vanilla.  Good long finish with a little kick to it.  No Dill pickle or mint to be found (which is one reason I don't like many ryes).  Very enjoyable