Whiskey lets talk rye

Discussion in 'Whiskey, Wine & Other Booze' started by Merf, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. CheapBeerBuzz

    CheapBeerBuzz

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    Yes, Delilah's bar. I also believe that Jack Rose Saloon in DC has a couple of the Delilah releases if anyone is hunting...but they are not cheap pours.
     
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  2. ripps1

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    Just finished a bottle of whistle pig 10yr. Thinking about Pikersville Rye for my next bottle. Anything else I should look for? Shelf rye, let’s say under $70.

    Some of my past bottles
    High west rendezvous rye
    Micthers rye
    Whistle pig
    Knob creek rye
    Bullet rye.
     
  3. SpentBrain

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    I know people really like Pikesville, but I’m mixed on it. I pick up a bit of sweetness that I don’t love, but for some reason I keep going back to the bottle. I also like McKenna, especially for the price. Have a bottle of Bulleit as well, but can’t say I’ve drank it in anything other than a cocktail.
     
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  4. ripps1

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    Interesting on the Pikesville. I may try a pour somewhere first then. Thanks for the info
     
  5. SpentBrain

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    If you’re near the Tech Center during the day on weekdays I can get you a sample. Bulleit and McKenna too if you like.
     
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  6. Matterhorn

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    EH Taylor Straight Rye?

    Also, Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye that recently hit shelves is right around $70. Couldn't tell you how it compares to the standard KC Rye.
     
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  7. PrinceCasual

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    Sazerac 6yr is an obvious one, although depending where you are it's either a shelfie, way over priced, or impossible to get. Costco in DC often has a pallet of it, no limit for $26.99; independent stores have it for $39.99 and up *seen as high as $79.99), and then in VA it's a 1pp and never even available like that anymore.

    It's a powerhouse if you can find it for under $30 though, for sure.
     
  8. Digita7693

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    ripps1 I’m a huge fan of Pikesville, neat or in cocktails.

    A few years ago I would have said saos rye:(
     
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  9. bigred

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    I don't think there will ever be a whiskey with a better QPR than the SAOS Rye series. Sad they've been discontinued, glad I at least have a couple bottles left.
     
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  10. emottram

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    I recently picked up a bottle of the Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye. I haven't opened it yet, however I did just kill a bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye 115 proof store pick. I really enjoyed it which was the main reason for grabbing the cask strength version.
     
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  11. boutbeer

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    SAOS Rye was a great value whiskey for $35. The prices people pay now boggle the mind. Weller 12 fits that statement as well, as do many others.
     
  12. MooseLang

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    I didn't know anything about SAOS Rye when it first hit. I just kept buying and drinking it. I didn't know it was going to disappear at some point. It was all over the place here, and I just....took it for granted.

















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  13. Espeer

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    Surprised that the same people who love SAOS rye also seem so high on Pikesville. Is there major bottle variation in Pikesville? I keep coming back to my bottle , expecting to pick up something good, but it is just so boring. Solid, for sure, but nothing memorable in the taste.

    SAOS is just packed with unique flavors in comparison. I've had 3 bottles and they were identically great.
     
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  14. bigred

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    I've enjoyed the Pikesville I've tried, but I think of it more as a high rye bourbon than a rye whiskey.
     
  15. boutbeer

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    I swapped my last two bottles of 99pf Rye for a 17 GTS. No regrets. I found it to be a nice rye, but nothing mind-blowing. Cask strength store picks, on the other hand..............
     
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  16. PrinceCasual

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    I still don't understand why this is easily available, yet everyone hems and haws about SAOS Rye... same thing, no?

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  17. davey101

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    Anyone crack into this yet? Reviews seem really mixed, but mostly positive. Just lucked into a lone bottle for what I'm guessing is exactly MSRP.
     
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  18. MikeG

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    Eager to hear as well. Found a few bottles for $80 but haven't had the balls to drop that scrilla yet.
     
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  19. davey101

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    Snagged it for $62. I have a nip of the regular 100 proof rye to compare it to as well. Might have to crack it tonight...
     
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  20. davey101

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    Small Batch 100 proof - nose is caramel and wintergreen. Taste has some mint before washing away to sweeter bourbon notes of caramel. Some rye spice/heat but it's pretty tame. Really decent rye but falls flat towards the finish.

    Cask Strength - needs a few minutes to breath. The nose is definitely more assertive. Rich brown sugar and rye spice. Maybe a hint of dill but it's more herbal and minty. Full bodied and oily. Baking spices, mint, and pepper. Proof is great, has a nice level of heat to it but not a total burner. It's not a rye bomb, there's a lot of bourbon notes to balance it out but it's really good.
    I way prefer this over any of the Whistle Pig picks I've had. At $62 for a 9 year 120 proof rye I'm pretty happy. If you want a sample let me know. At $80 I'd be a bit on the fence but I'm not sure what else is on the shelves now that can compare.