Whiskey with a mash bill of at least 51% rye
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Blackened x Willett Rye Madeira Finish Review
On the whole, this Blackened x Willett Rye Madeira Finish is something new, different and tasty. It’s a great marriage of the talents and processes of two icons in the whiskey world and even if it wasn’t a good whiskey, I’d be happy it existed; I’d love to see more collaborations like this show up in the market. Some truly remarkable things can happen when people work together.
High West Rendezvous Rye 21C23 Review
On the whole the High West Rendezvous Rye 21C23 is ok as a pour, but when it comes to cocktails the game changes and this turns into a superstar. It excels in all of the usuals, especially an Old Fashioned and Sazerac, and ends up pushing the spice up everywhere it was tested. This is going to make for a heck of a summer cocktail rye.
Four Roses Rye Whiskey Review
It’s hard to describe exactly how this Four Roses Rye Whiskey differs from modern rye, but believe me when I say… it’s stupid good. There is a balance of light and dark, beauty and brutality, that weave their way through this that make it difficult to draw parallels to anything on the market right now. It’s a true unicorn.
Sagamore Spirit Double Oak Review
It’s a really nice, full, whiskey and while I usually think double oak is a waste of barrels this actually has a pronounced impact over the original Sagamore rye. It’s tasty, it’s deep, it’s dark and warm with a bold character that works in cocktails. As much I hate to say it… Sagamore Spirit Double Oak seems to be a good use of a second cask, I’m going to enjoy drinking through this one!
Sagamore Reserve Tequila Finish Review
Part of me wants to drink all of this sample neat because I’m enjoying it so much. But, my curiosity has me wanting to make cocktails with it as well. The combo of flavors is super unique and I’m dying to find out how the Sagamore Reserve Tequila Finish does in some of my go-to whiskey cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Basin Street and Manhattan. Or, heck, even in something like a La Rosita. Should be fun.
Sagamore Reserve Manhattan Finish Review
I took my own assumption and just poured it over some ice, garnished with an orange peel and voila, it became an awesome sipping cocktail. The expressed orange peel added a nice citrus pop to that held cut the sweetness a tad and the slowly melting ice helped to further break up the sweet notes and it made for a pleasant drinking experience till the last sip. This Sagamore Reserve Manhattan Finish is going to be a killer summer, iced, drinker and highball maker. But as a standalone, neat drinker
Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish Review
There’s an odd note that kind of reminds me of pomegranate… if it was chalky, like a pomegranate powder. But on the whole, I just… don’t… quite… care for it. The Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish doesn’t feel cohesive and there’s that raw-woody crafty note that keeps coming up over and over. It’s one of my least favorite notes in whiskeydom.
Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Review
I’m hoping we see a lot more soon. I’m hoping releases like the Crown Royal Blender’s Mash and this Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye aren’t just blips on the screen, but signals of what’s on the horizon. I’m hoping this is just the beginning of what’s to come.
Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey Review
The depth, the heaviness and the complexity is flooding me with the ghosts of drams past. This Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye is that old-style MGP rye long-time drinkers know and love. This is the profile that all-too-often is missing in the market because it’s not as common as it used to be. It’s a true rye-lovers rye. This… this is awesome.
Redemption Rum Cask Finish Rye Review
I made an interesting, but not successful, Basin Street with it thinking the citrus plus rum-sweetness would work in a semi-tiki-like fashion… it didn’t. But where it did work well was in an Old Fashioned and a Boulevardier. I’m sure the Redemption Rum Cask Finish Rye would also work well in a Sidecar, but that’s a drink for a different night.
Redemption Rye Review
On the whole it is a little light, and feels topical without a ton of depth, but the fact that it’s only a 2-year-old whiskey and delivers this much shows the power of proper maturation vs a defined age. Now if they were charging $100 I might throw a rant in here, but they’re not and it’s a perfectly servicable whiskey. There is nothing to dislike about the Redemption Rye whiskey.
Woodinville Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
That said, the floral notes are not overwhelming and after a bit of sipping they become just another facet of the whiskey and end up adding to its overall character. Water doesn’t change the Woodinville Cask Strength Rye Whiskey too much at first, but too much water and that woody craft note that was hanging out in the back starts moving forward. So you might want to be a bit restrained with those droppers.
New Riff Single Barrel Rye Review
This is the kind of rye I just love because it’s fun, it’s interesting and with this SiB you get to explore a singular aspect of what goes into their standard New Riff Rye for a measly $5 more. Hands down, this is one of my most recommended ryes these days, the New Riff Single Barrel Rye is just plain good stuff!
A.D. Laws Secale Rye Whiskey Review
I love their relentlessly innovative approaches to whiskey and I’m even more excited for the day all their whiskey matures and replaces those sharp woody craft notes, like I’m getting in this A.D. Laws Secale Rye Whiskey, with the warm oaky notes we know and love in American whiskey. It’ll happen, it just takes time, and I’ll be here patiently waiting.