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Which rye to try?

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Which rye to try?

Sazerac 6 year
2
22%
Old Overholt
1
11%
Wild Turkey Rye 101
2
22%
Russell's Reserve Rye
0
No votes
Jim Beam Rye
2
22%
HIRSCH CANADIAN RYE
0
No votes
MICHTER'S STRAIGHT RYE WHISKY
0
No votes
RI 1 STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY
0
No votes
RITTENHOUSE RYE
0
No votes
RITTENHOUSE RYE 100 proof
2
22%
 
Total votes : 9

Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:46 pm

At some point in the near future I would like to try a rye. Here is a poll of what is available locally and in my price range (not a complete list of ryes obviously). If you could vote for your favorite.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:31 pm

I've tried several of these. It's really hard to say, "Try this one." The ones I've had have all been good but it isn't like telling the peat freaks to try Ardbeg Uigeadail.

If you can track down one of the single cask Sazerac's they are very good. I know there are some for Beltramos and Traverso. I think, D&M or K&L and Binny's. Otherwise, try a couple of them.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:00 am

Thanks, Ganga.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby lockejn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:21 am

Folks speak well of the Old Overholt. It's the only rye I've had a chance to try and I was disappointed. It was good, for sure, but as Ganga suggested it just wasn't what I was looking for.

I wanted a heavy hitting rye to better understand its influence in other whiskies and I don't think this was it.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:35 am

Since there doesn't seem to be a real clear cut wowzer, I think I will likely go with the WT Rye 101 since I really like their other offerings.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby sku » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:10 pm

I love rye. Of the ones you have listed here, I would recommend the Sazerac 6, Rittenhouse 100 or Wild Turkey 101. All are very good ryes that are emblamatic of ryes spicy qualities. Rittenhouse 100 is probably the most balanced, Sazerac the most complex, WT101 the best bang for the buck. Both Sazerac and WT have a good spicy punch while Rittenhouse is more subtle.

I dislike the Beam ryes (Old Overholt and Rye 1). Both lack spice. Russel Reserve, which is a Wild Turkey product, is good but too, well, reserved for me.

Hirsch Canadian does not fit in with the others. The others listed are American straight ryes whereas the Hirsch is a Canadian whisky. Canadians are commonly referred to as ryes but they are blends which are different in character from American straight ryes.

I've never had Michter's rye. Michter's is, of course, an independent bottler, so their rye could come from any of the major distilleries that make rye (Beam, Buffalo Trace, Tom Moore, WT, Heaven Hill, Lawrenceburg)
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby ClubSmed » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:12 pm

I am watching this with interest as I a very interested in trying a rye whisk(e)y
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby Liechtenstein » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:26 am

A good rye to try is Alberta Premium, a Canadian whisky made from 100% rye. Google Alberta Premium to find out more about this rye.

Jim Beam rye (yellow label) is a good choice from the ones listed, and reasonably priced.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:33 pm

Great notes, sku. Thanks!
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby Gov » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:10 pm

Nice selection of ryes here. I voted for Rittenhouse 100 its great stuff! Not on the list but very very good is Old Grand-dad "BiB" 100. The best part is that its very cheap!
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby sku » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:51 pm

Gov wrote:Nice selection of ryes here. I voted for Rittenhouse 100 its great stuff! Not on the list but very very good is Old Grand-dad "BiB" 100. The best part is that its very cheap!


Old Grand-Dad is a Bourbon.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:17 pm

I bought the WT Rye 101. I really like it. I must say I like it better than bourbon. I always loved the spicy kick of WT 101 Bourbon that comes from it's rye content, but the WT Rye 101 adds a layer of fruit (cherry?) and vanilla on top of the spiciness. Very different, but very good.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby Gov » Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:11 pm

sku wrote:
Gov wrote:Nice selection of ryes here. I voted for Rittenhouse 100 its great stuff! Not on the list but very very good is Old Grand-dad "BiB" 100. The best part is that its very cheap!


Old Grand-Dad is a Bourbon.



That is heavily rye'd :P
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby p_elliott » Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:52 am

Gov wrote:Nice selection of ryes here. I voted for Rittenhouse 100 its great stuff! Not on the list but very very good is Old Grand-dad "BiB" 100. The best part is that its very cheap!


Rittenhouse is a Rye Whiskey, Old Grand Dad is a high Rye Bourbon there's a big difference.
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Re: Which rye to try?

Postby talisker10 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:46 pm

Maltadvocate and LA Whiskey Society spoke very highly of a vatted (?) rye called High West Rendezvous Rye..it's a mixture of 6 yr and 16 yr very high content rye..like 60-80%. I can't get it at home locally, but am working in New Mexico for a while so ordered some from Binny's website and having it shipped here (if I were at home I could not do that as Texas does no allow one to ship whisk(e)y into the state. I also got Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon since there is no difference in shipping in 1 vs. 2 bottles. I will post notes on the High West after I receive it.
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