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Has anyone tried the new Peerless Rye? I got a bottle as a gift last night. Haven't tried it yet. I like a lot about what they're doing, although the price seems brutal for what it is

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Ok, I finally got around to opening this. I will say that this was better than I expected. I tend to have low expectations of most crafty young whiskey. But, this does not have nearly the rough edges I am accustomed to for other young rye. No acetone notes like the 2 year bottlings of Willett as an example. It was also very rich relative to the expectations, which I liked. It does not have the dill/mint profile that is so distinctive of the ubiquitous MGP rye.

 

Now, the value discussion is something different. The bottle is really cool in my opinion. Heavy, unique shape, looks good sitting in a bar (I don't really have a bar, but, you know, it would look good on one). Unique profile. But, I think they charged like $125..... This was a gift so I'm free to just say the whiskey in my glass is pretty decent, but I would never pay $125 for this. With a few more years on it? Maybe, as the starting point shows a lot of promise 

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Chi-Town

So would you say that it's good. It not worth the 100+ it's demanding and just wait for longer aged stuff? It's going to be affordable. Guessing a 10 year will be priced at 500+


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2 hours ago, Chi-Town said:

So would you say that it's good. It not worth the 100+ it's demanding and just wait for longer aged stuff? It's going to be affordable. Guessing a 10 year will be priced at 500+


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God I hope not. Not sure what to think about the pricing of this first batch. Are they charging a higher than normal price just because it is their innuagural release and they view it as a collectible bottle? Doing an initial cash grab to help themselves recoup some of their investment faster? I certainly don't think any 10 year old American whiskey is worth $500. Hopefully Peerless will be realistic and properly benchmark their product quality and pricing against other distilleries in similar situations. Again I'd use Willett as the best example. When Willett launched there 2 year rye and then their 3 year, they priced them about the same, and I think around $35-40 in my area. I do think this stuff is better than the Willett 2 year rye but not 3x+ the price better. But the market will tell them if they are pricing it right eventually, supply & demand

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God I hope not. Not sure what to think about the pricing of this first batch. Are they charging a higher than normal price just because it is their innuagural release and they view it as a collectible bottle? Doing an initial cash grab to help themselves recoup some of their investment faster? I certainly don't think any 10 year old American whiskey is worth $500. Hopefully Peerless will be realistic and properly benchmark their product quality and pricing against other distilleries in similar situations. Again I'd use Willett as the best example. When Willett launched there 2 year rye and then their 3 year, they priced them about the same, and I think around $35-40 in my area. I do think this stuff is better than the Willett 2 year rye but not 3x+ the price better. But the market will tell them if they are pricing it right eventually, supply & demand


I hope so. I actually have found the younger Willett Ryes to be Meh.

I just got a bottle of the 5 year and that's promising and has a nice minty profile.

I'm looking forward to much older stuff to come


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Jazzhead

Well,  I finally went and sprung for the Peerless Rye.    The Pennsy state stores have been offering for the last year a 2-year single barrel for $125,  and they've just now stocked a 3-year small batch for $95.    A  year's worth of curiousity finally got the better of me and my wallet. 

 

I have to say it's doggone good.    It's balanced (which I had hoped to be the case with a small batch) and offers an initial kick of rye spice followed by a finish of graham cracker.    It's grain forward as I'd expect a young craft whiskey to be,  but lacks the harshness and grassiness that ruins some craft bourbons for me.    Is it worth the C-note?    Well,  I'll put it this way -  I don't regret the purchase and am happy to have it in my rotation with my other two open rye bottles (Willett and JD single barrel).     Those three should make for an interesting blind tasting. 

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