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Opened some 13yr supposedly MGP WP today. Yes some definite spice, yes some pickle, will need to go back to this one.

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Found a mess of DSP 354 Rittenhouse

Interesting old school stuff— dense and austere, sour versus sweet, black-peppered oak with savory spices— and a great delivery. Takes water well and has a true finish.   

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25 minutes ago, HoustonNit said:

Opened some 13yr supposedly MGP WP today. Yes some definite spice, yes some pickle, will need to go back to this one.

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I have tried these two side by side several times and I can’t tell which one I like the most. But both are very good ryes. 

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I may have to pour me a glass of each tonight. :rolleyes:

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I have tried these two side by side several times and I can’t tell which one I like the most. But both are very good ryes. 
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I may have to pour me a glass of each tonight. :rolleyes:


Let me know the results.
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Opened KC Cask Strength Rye 2009 tonight. 

 

First impression is favorable.  Will report back, after more scientific research. ;-))

 

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Picked up the OF rye, need to explore more but it might a go to for me. Only one pour but like more than WT101 rye.

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Picked up the OF rye, need to explore more but it might a go to for me. Only one pour but like more than WT101 rye.

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Ok this packs a lot a flavor for its price point, not necessity rye punch, but some of that rye spice on the finish and non of that unpleasant finish I get with OF Sig bourbon. Not as good as the others pictures but 1/4th and 1/5th the price and here it’s readily available. I think it’s part of my rotation.
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Final pour of a fantastic Michter’s Barrel Strength rye. This is seriously one of my favorite whiskeys of any stripe. Glad to have a few in the bunker.

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Last night I participated in a double blind tasting of 6 cask strength rye whiskies with surprising results (and some not so surprising.)

As we tasted through the 6 I tried to identify what we were tasting and I whiffed on everything. I have very good palate memory but I don't drink rye very often so it was no use here.

 

The general consensus among the group is that 1 and 5 were the best. Nobody could really name a winner. At the reveal we learned that #1 was '18 THH while #5 was the Travers City store pick from my local that is 6yr 10ish mo MGP. I helped pick this barrel so I knew it was good but it was revealing that we all thought it at the same level as Handy. And it's currently available.

 

#3 was Willett Family Estate 4yr MGP rye from the wax top era.

There was a bit of a split between #4 and #5 which was Willett self distilled 4 year rye and the KC Cask Strength Rye that is roughly 9 yrs old. That was an eye opener.

 

Coming in last by a wide margin was the Old Potrero cask strength rye. (Don't remember the age). That stuff is terrible. It reminds me of so much crap craft whiskey out there.

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Up until now I’d not bought anything from whistlepig. I’d tried a few but my priorities and budget always took me elsewhere. I was finally swayed by an in store tasting and it didn’t hurt that I thought that Pickerell’s death may have an eventual impact on future releases. This is 14 year old 100% Alberta rye at $90. 

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4 hours ago, Charlutz said:

Up until now I’d not bought anything from whistlepig. I’d tried a few but my priorities and budget always took me elsewhere. I was finally swayed by an in store tasting and it didn’t hurt that I thought that Pickerell’s death may have an eventual impact on future releases. This is 14 year old 100% Alberta rye at $90. 

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I picked up that one too. In the current market it’s pretty reasonable for a 10+ year cask strength rye. 

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Cracked the baby Saz yo try. It’s like the ER counterpart in rye. Super easy to drink. With it being that smooth they need to up the rye a little. Good but not great but def worth $23.
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Enjoying a pour of a store pick WhistlePig. This is my third different single barrel and so far all have been very good. This one has a ton of oak but still has plenty of rye spice and some really nice sweeter notes as well. 

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I have tried these two side by side several times and I can’t tell which one I like the most. But both are very good ryes. 
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I may have to pour me a glass of each tonight. :rolleyes:


Just went back to this WP pick and wow it’s good, it’s killing anything else I had tonight.
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20 hours ago, HoustonNit said:

 


Just went back to this WP pick and wow it’s good, it’s killing anything else I had tonight.

 

The other night I was to far gone to do a good comparison. So I did a sbs tonight, and the (to me) winner is Redemption 10y. 

Its just a better Rye.

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The other night I was to far gone to do a good comparison. So I did a sbs tonight, and the (to me) winner is Redemption 10y. 
Its just a better Rye.
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Interesting, I may need to pick one up, it’s even more pricey though.
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1 hour ago, HoustonNit said:

 


Interesting, I may need to pick one up, it’s even more pricey though.

 

If you can find one of the old 7 year bottles, they were my favorite of the lot and are a bit cheaper, I can still find some lingering for $65ish.

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If you can find one of the old 7 year bottles, they were my favorite of the lot and are a bit cheaper, I can still find some lingering for $65ish.


The old bottle design, I recall seeing a few.
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I can’t find the OF Rye aaaaanywhere.  Also on the lookout for a Bulleit 12 Rye. 

 

Need to go to Texas it’s one of the launch states.

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13 hours ago, Obeezy1Kaneezy said:

I can’t find the OF Rye aaaaanywhere.  Also on the lookout for a Bulleit 12 Rye. 

 

3 hours ago, ccleve23 said:

I bought the Bulleit 12 Rye.  It is ok.  Not sure I would buy again.  

Didn't realize that was out already

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I tried the Old Forester rye. My opinion was positive. In terms of relatively similar price point stuff I think I’d prefer this stuff over Baby Saz or Rittenhouse, and I think I still prefer WT101 rye over this. I think the turkey just is a little spicier which I like with this price point rye, as I’ll drink them near but also mix cocktails with them. 

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