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What Rye Are You Drinking? Summer 2013


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friend kindly shared Willett 23 "Iron Fist" and it was awesome. My first taste of this stuff. Super excellent!

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friend kindly shared Willett 23 "Iron Fist" and it was awesome. My first taste of this stuff. Super excellent!

OMG. You have a great friend. That is an amazIng pour. Extremely hard to come by.

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yes, a good friend. and that 23 is an amazing pour, awesome, and many other adjectives that begin with "a" ... and now we can start a list with words that begin with "b"

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Had an enjoyable blind 4-way with BMH 18yrs (barrels R70 & R77), Saz 18 (2011 release), and for kicks - Ritt BIB DSP-1. The color and nose quickly separated the Ritt from the rest, and grouped the two BMHs together. I definitely prefer the BMH over the Saz 18. The BMH has a more creamy mouthfeel, and seems to have a better balance between the fruit, spice and wood (at least for my palate). I actually found the Saz 18 to be too dry, and on the palate liked the Ritt BIB better (it wasn't more complex obviously, but I enjoyed it better). I was trying to determine if the BMH might be Saz juice or HH (which is why I included the Ritt), and it definitely is closer to the Ritt. I find that also has a more creamy mouthfeel than the Saz. Thankfully barrels R70 and R77 were virtually identical. I tasted them in different orders, and picked the second one I tasted each time :lol: After 4 rounds, I decided I couldn't pick between the two - both are excellent representations!

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Today, yes, as was yesterday and I have great expectations for tomorrow as well.

You have got me there. Everyday is good for drinking some good bourbon and rye.

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Some WTR101 and AE Rye shared with friends on this much cooler and glorious day,AE was seen as a novelty and the WTR was quite well received.I hate to admit I'm a big fan of the AE for its unique quality alone,great niche market pour indeed.

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Finishing off a bottle of HW Double Rye, and managed to buy a taste of HW21 Rye today. Hell of a kick, glad i tried, but not my thing. Too much bite.

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A little tasting we put together tonight with LostBottle & Chris24:

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I was surprised that I actually liked the Ritt23 - not as good as the Ritt21 but held its own.

Ritt order for me (favorite on down):

21=>23/25 (tied)

Hirsch order:

22=>21=>25

Between the Willett24's, 55% won over the 47%

Strangely, the Willett24's don't taste like Medley nor CoK to me - I wonder what the source of these ryes are?

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A little tasting we put together tonight with LostBottle & Chris24:

9681391711_86bb03998e_c.jpg

I was surprised that I actually liked the Ritt23 - not as good as the Ritt21 but held its own.

Ritt order for me (favorite on down):

21=>23/25 (tied)

Hirsch order:

22=>21=>25

Between the Willett24's, 55% won over the 47%

Strangely, the Willett24's don't taste like Medley nor CoK to me - I wonder what the source of these ryes are?

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Strangely, the Willett24's don't taste like Medley nor CoK to me - I wonder what the source of these ryes are?
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Oh I wouldn't doubt that, my comment really applies to long barrel aging. I think for the most part Bourbon and ryes stay in their original barrels but even if they are rebarreled or consolidated I believe long aging creates a different character in the spirit.

The first time I tasted Elijah Craig 18 year old it occurred to me it had more in common with an old cognac than a younger, balanced Bourbon.

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Gotcha... Even so, I can taste the family resemblance in many of the rye verticals (different barrels and what not) we've been doing.

I will have to say that the Willett24/55% rye is my favorite aged rye that I've personally owned and opened to date.

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