Distiller: Heaven Hill. ABV: 55%. Mashbill: 51% rye, 39% corn, 10% malted barley. Price: $50-55.
Being a sucker for Heaven Hill’s Rittenhouse Rye–a delicious, $25 standby on the low-rye side of the spectrum (51%, the minimum for the category)–I was curious to try the recently released Pikesville Rye. It’s essentially a 6-year-old version of the 4-year-old Rittenhouse, at 110 proof rather than 100.
I liked it quite a bit. Spice, graham crackers, honey, and creamy vanilla on the nose. That’s the corn for you. Palate has green tobacco, clove, ginger, and roasted walnuts. Finish is long, spicy, and sweet. Very good.
But it’s twice the price of Rittenhouse. Is it twice as good? Better said: Would I take a bottle of this over two bottles of Rittenhouse? Maybe not.
But for rye fans already paying $50 and more for sourced ryes from non-distiller producers like High West, Whistlepig, and others? It’s a must-try. If you can find it, that is–Jim Murray just named it the second-best whiskey in the world in his 2016 Whiskey Bible. Happy hunting…
Cheers, friends! – BO