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Knob Creek Rye

Today’s tasting is Knob Creek Rye from the Jim Beam Distillery. Many of us Bourbon drinkers cut their teeth on Knob Creek Bourbon, one of the first premium style Bourbons that was also a big seller.

Knob Creek Rye comes in the same rectangular corked bottle as it’s extremely popular cousin, Knob Creek Bourbon. It is bottled at 100 proof, sells for around $38 for the 750ml and is widely available. Talking Bourbon was unable to find a positive age statement which always raises TB’s eyebrows. Also could not get a clear listing of the mash bill.

Helping TB today is friend and neighbor Clark. Clark is more of a wine, Rum, tequila and beer guy. But hey, he is always up for a free drink and doesn’t dislike Bourbon, just not his first choice.

NOSE

Clark: I actually get quite a few things, butterscotch, caramel, oak and spice are what I pick up first. Behind that is a woody/cedar aroma. Can also smell the 100 proof, somewhat hot.

TB: Wow, are we smelling the same stuff? Only thing that stands out is the Rye. Secondary aromas include honey, citrus, back fruit and a slight nuttiness. Not really getting the the wood that Clark got.

TASTE

Clark: A little hot with an ethanol taste neat. With one somewhat melted cube the drink opens up. I get the butterscotch, caramel and wood that I got on the nose along with some nuttiness mentioned by TB on the nose. Also get a slight hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

TB: Smooth with a nice burn neat but agree with Clark (ouch, that hurts) that it is better with a little water/ice. Even then not getting any over riding taste, just secondary flavors including Rye, tobacco, pepper, hints of leather and a bit of bitterness.

FINISH

Clark: Medium to medium long with not much change in the taste.

TB: Medium to medium long with a little more Rye and a touch of oak.

OVERALL

Clark: At this price point I would stick to Eagle Rare. While certainly nothing to turn down, I prefer Templeton Rye over this. Maybe that is me being a homer since it has some Iowa roots.

TB: You are definitely a homer. But TB also finds Knob Creek Rye to be just okay. Like a lot of juice here lately, one has to really reach to find much flavor.

Nose 3.5 out 5

Taste 7.5 out of 10

Finish 3.5 out of 5

Total score 14.5 out of 20 barrels.

While Knob Creek Rye is not a bad drink, it just lacks something, not sure what. Maybe a little more depth when it comes to the taste and finish. And while not over priced, there is definitely better Rye out at that price range or even under.

Knob Creek Rye does make a decent cocktail, especially like it in an old fashion and is a pretty easy drink. It also has a recognizable name, and that name is very popular.

Final verdict, Talking Bourbon is going to punt on this one. If you like Knob Creek Bourbon, you might like this. If you like a Rye that is not too bold or too forward, you might like this. If you are more of a mixing person you will like this. At this price point, you should find out for yourself.

High West Double Rye

                                                                              As  our readers know, we here at Talking Bourbon are big fans of all things High West. Thus it came as a surprise that we had not reviewed their Double Rye. We have drank it many times and were positive we had included it in the blog at some point, we were wrong.

High West Double Rye is, like most everything from High West, a blend. In this case a blend of young and old Rye sourced from multiple distilleries.  It is bottled at 92 proof, sells for around $30, comes in a cool looking corked bottle like all the rest of High West and is widely available.  TB could not get an exact age statement, just that the younger Rye was at least 2 years old.

Long time friend of TB’s, Shelly, is our guest taster today. Shelly was originally a beer person, having lived in Germany, and slowly migrated to wine. Lately though, she has found  a taste for Bourbon.

NOSE

Shelly:  Smooth and mellow nose with nothing over powering. I get a little spice, some grain, vanilla and walnut. I also pick up some traces of honey and banana.

TB:      A big bold scent of Rye dominates, reminiscent of Bulleit Rye. Some secondary aromas include citrus, grain and an oily almond type scent. Strangely,  get a slight whiff of pineapple and ginger.

TASTE

Shelly:     Wood, nuts and spice, not necessarily in that order jump out at me. Behind that I pick up some honey and a taste that reminds me of a humidor. Adding my own take to the strange department, I get a scent of juniper.

TB:    Get the wood, spice and nuts that Shelly talked about along with strong Rye. Just slightly behind that is citrus, smoke and a slight sherry flavor. Very good.

FINISH

Shelly:    Medium-long, sweet on the tongue and warm going down.

TB:     Agree,  medium-long with a nice sweetness.

OVERALL

Shelly:    High West Double Rye is a winner. Great bang for the buck. I would buy it!

TB:    High West delivers again. Will definitely keep a bottle in the cabinet.

Nose      4.5 out of 5

Taste      9 out of 10

Finish     3.5 out of 5

Total score           17 out of 20 barrels.

A great Rye at a great price, who cares if it is blended and sourced out of different distilleries. All that matters is taste, nose, finish and price. On all but the finish, this stuff shines. And the finish was not bad, just not overly complex. Great straight, on the rocks and as a mixer of Bourbon style cocktails. At the somewhat low price point you won’t feel bad using it as a mixer.

Final verdict, Go out and get a bottle of High West Double Rye and treat yourself to a very good drink.

Few Rye Whiskey

                                                                                      Today we start a new format here at Talking Bourbon.  Going forward, instead of having two voices, Ron and Todd, it will just be Talking Bourbon(TB).  If we have a guest taster, which we plan on having more of, they will still have their unique voice.

Having said that, lets get started. Today we are sampling Few Rye Whiskey from FEW Spirits. The FEW Spirits distillery in Evanston, Illinois also makes Bourbon and gin. Yes gin, this definitely raised our antennas and planted a seed of doubt about how good this stuff would be. Kind of a jack of all trades, master of none type thing.

FEW Rye is 93 proof, aged just 3 years and comes in a squared off corked bottle with a fountain on the label.  FEW Rye sells from $50 to $60 for the 750ml. Availability is hit or miss. Seems everyone had it a few(pun not intended) years ago, then for a while it was hard to find. Lately we are seeing it again in most nicer spirit stores.

Strangely the name, according to their web site, is after a lady named Francis Elizabeth Willard. She and her temperance supporters had kept Evanston alcohol free for over 100 years.

Tasting with TB today is James, James is usually an Irish Whisky man but said he would like to expand his drinking world.

NOSE

TB:    While no dominant aroma, more complex than anticipated. Picking up scents of Rye, a sweetness reminiscent of honey and brown sugar along with pepper and citrus. Also get a slight scent of oak even though it is only aged 3 years.

James:   Well I get the sweetness and the wood that TB got but not much else.  I did get a little caramel or maybe butterscotch.

TASTE

TB:  Pretty much taste like it smells,  Rye, brown sugar, pepper, citrus and wood. Also picked up some spice that I could not identify.

James:  I  like it, picking up notes of caramel, spice and a tobacco like taste.  A little behind that is dark fruit and oak.

FINISH

TB:    A medium to long finish with touches of vanilla and more sweetness and spice.

James:   A nice finish with hints of cedar.

OVERALL

TB:   While not overly complex, FEW Rye is very good. Having said that we are not sure it is worth $60.

James:   Agree, I really like it. Not sure where the money falls in comparison to other Bourbons and Rye, my go to Irish Whisky is under $30, so yeah, $60 seems high.

TB:   You can get some decent juice for under $20, and you can also pay in the hundreds, there is a lot of good Bourbons and Rye that fall between $20 and $70. So this is on the high end.

Nose       4.25 out of 5

Taste         8 out of 10

Finish       4.25 out of 5

Total score         16.5 out of 20 Barrels.

Nice nose, good taste and decent finish makes for a good pour. But while we all liked FEW Rye, none of us really loved it. A little too steep of a price considering it is only aged 3 years. FEW Rye does make a good cocktail, but again, at that price we don’t like using it as a mixer.

All in all, if you found this Rye on sale for $49.99 or lower, go ahead and give it a try. We are sure you will like it.

 

Pikesville Rye

                                                             Today Talking Bourbon is tasting Pikesville Rye, we know, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. Pikesville is made by Heaven Hill and according to their web site was first made in Maryland in the 1890s. The site also states that Maryland had a booming Rye industry until prohibition ended it. News to us.

Pikesville Rye is available in most liquor stores, sells for around $50 for the 750 ml and comes in a nondescript corked bottle. It is aged for 6 years and bottled at 110 proof.

On a side note, if you like Rittenhouse Rye, which we do, Pikesville Rye is the same mash bill aged 2 more years and bottled at a higher proof.

NOSE

Ron:   A sweet and spicy peppery aroma upfront along with some grain and citrus. Also catch lesser scents of Rye and anise, and even less of caramel, cedar and cinnamon. Hope it taste as good as it smells,

Todd:   Sometimes we are just in sync my brother from another mother. I too get the sweet pepper and citrus upfront. I also get the lesser scents of caramel, cedar and even the cinnamon. The only thing I can add is a little bit of leather.

Ron:   Remember readers, we don’t talk until we have both wrote everything down.

TASTE

Ron:  Pretty hot neat but to be expected at 110 proof. I get the same sweet, spicy pepper, and citrus that I got on the nose.The grain morphed into Rye. Not a lot of secondary flavors, a little clove and a bitter sweetness that reminds me of dark chocolate.

Todd:   I feel if I am not needed, I also get the sweet, spice and citrus upfront. I also taste the hint of chocolate but not the bitterness. Thankfully I do get a bit of caramel so I can feel like I contributed.

FINISH

Medium long with more of the dark chocolate coming through.

Todd:   Nice medium long finish with a touch of the bitterness than Ron got on the taste.

OVERALL

Ron:  I really enjoyed drinking Pikesville, though I am not sure it is worth being double in price compared to Rittenhouse.

Todd:  Count me in as a fan of Pikesville Rye. While I somewhat agree with Ron on the price issue regarding Rittenhouse, this is good stuff and worth the bump up in cost.

Nose   4.25 out of 5

Taste    8.75 out of 10

Finish    4 out of 5

Total score      17 out of 20 barrels.

Talking bourbon has spoken and we like Pikesville Rye. We understand that the price can be somewhat prohibitive for some. Even if you have to save up, buy a bottle, you will thank us later.

And as we have stated before, you can always just pull out the bottle every other month or so for just a small pour. We both own bottles that we have had for over 5 years.

Now, back to enjoying some Pikesville Rye.

Rebel Yell Rye

                                                             Today we are sipping on Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye. This is the slightly more expensive, Rye version of the Wheated Bourbon Rebel Yell. We reviewed the regular Rebel Yell and gave it pretty good marks considering it sells for around $15 for the 750ml bottle. We will see if swapping the Wheat for Rye is worth the price upgrade. Ironically, Wheated Bourbons are typically more expensive to produce.

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye (meaning less than 100 barrels in the batch) comes in the same medicinal looking, synthetic corked bottle as the rest of the RY lines. It is bottled at 90 proof, sells for around $23 for the 750ml bottle and is fairly available. Regrettably, it is only aged 2 years, while there are exceptions, we have not found very many good, 2 year old juice.

A side note, please read our review of the original Rebel Yell for some interesting trivia about the name and its history.

NOSE

Ron:     Strange, I get wheat and corn on the nose, not Rye. Also get a nice aroma of pear and some slight scents of citrus and almonds. The nose was somewhat elusive for me, didn’t get a lot and what I did get took patience.

Todd:  While I catch more Rye than Ron, it does seam to smell more like a traditional Bourbon than a Rye. A smell that reminds me of a candy of my childhood, Bit-O-Honey, was the most prevalent. This was followed by spice, citrus and some kind of black fruit.

TASTE

Ron:    On the tongue I get that big hit of Rye that eluded my nose. Also taste the citrus and pear that I did get on the nose. Secondary flavors included spice, malt and honey.

Todd:    Definitely the spicy Rye is prominent along with a nice bit of sweet caramel. Didn’t really get much more.

FINISH

Ron:   A medium finish with some more malt and spice.

Todd:   Medium-long with a nice sweet finish with just a touch of mint.

OVERALL

Ron:    Not a bad buy for the price. I have to say, this Rye tastes older that 2 years.

Todd:  Pretty much just have to echo what Ron said. Good buy for the price and tastes older than 2 years. I would buy again.

Nose      3.5 out of 5

Taste      8.5 out of 10

Finish     4 out of 5

Total score        16 out of 20 barrels.

Well we both think that this is a pretty good drink, especially considering the price. Not too bad neat, nice on the rocks and the 90 proof with the strong Rye makes for a decent cocktail. It has a nice price point that is a little above Rittenhouse Rye and a little below Bulleit Rye.

Final verdict, if you like Rye, go ahead and give Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye a try. If if you don’t like Rye, give it a shot anyways, maybe it will change your tune.

 

 

 

 

Canadian Club Rye

                                                             As you have read in our previous Canadian Whisky reviews,  you know we are not huge fans of Canadian juice. They are not terrible, but the ones we have tried lacked complexity and character with the one exception being Crown Royal Northern Rye. So maybe our neighbors to the North have figured out how to make a decent Rye, we will see.

Canadian Club 100% Rye comes with a synthetic cork in a short rectangular bottle, which is very different from the original CC bottle and sports a green label. It is bottled at a Whisky standard minimum of 80 proof (like almost all Canadian juice), sells for around $18 for the 750 ml bottle and seems to be widely available. There is no age statement on the bottle and we couldn’t get clarification of its age researching the Internet. It seems to be around 2 years old.

One thing our research did uncover is that the regular CC is made of corn, Rye, and barley. While this in itself is not news, how it all comes together is enlightening. All three ingredients are distilled and aged separately then are blended just prior to bottling. Traditionally the mash bill of Rye and all Bourbon is distilled together, then aged in oak until matured, and finally bottled. So this is just the same Rye ingredient of the traditional CC before it is blended and bottled. This process seems to resemble an assembly line rather than a traditional Whiskey producer.

NOSE

Todd:  Like almost all Rye that has not been aged very long, I get a nose of bad Irish Whisky and varnish. I also get some faint hints of toast, malt and a oily-smoky odor. Strange, being 100% Rye it didn’t really smell like a Rye.

Ron:   First thought, it’s Canadian! I get the varnish and slight bit of malt that Todd picked up. Nothing really jumps out though, just secondary aromas of wet wood, ethanol and a hint of Rye. I also get an ever so slight scent of brown sugar.

TASTE

Todd:  I get the same varnish and bad Irish Whisky upfront that I got on the nose. Also like the nose, this doesn’t taste like a Rye. Secondary taste included malt, oil and a touch of floral. Somewhat hot for 80 proof but fairly smooth.

Ron:   Agree, hot for 80 proof. I get the varnish, malt and ethanol that I got on the nose. Add to that, some spice and bitterness.

FINISH

Todd:   Medium with more varnish.

Ron:    Medium-short with more bitterness and ethanol.

OVERALL

Todd:  I did not really enjoy this Whisky, it actually took me a while to get the taste out of my mouth.

Ron:   Simply not impressed one bit. I don’t need a bottle taking up valuable real estate in my cabinet.

Nose      2.5 out of 5

Taste      6.5 out of 10

Finish     2.5 out of 5

Total score      11.5 out of 20 Barrels

We know the bottle only sells for around $18 but we both like the original CC better. You can often find the original in the 1.75 ml jug for under $20. This tastes more like varnish or paint than a Rye. We both had to wash out our glasses and mouths before we enjoyed a real Rye on our second pour (you will have to read our next blog to find out what it was).

Our recommendation to you, avoid! Our recommendation to CC, use Canadian Club 100% Rye for its original purpose, as an ingredient in the original Canadian Club.

Templeton Rye

                                                             Wow! We like to do a little research on whichever juice we are sampling for the blog. We both have drank Templeton Rye but didn’t know much about it save for what is states on the bottle. This has definitely changed.

First of all they had a suit filed against them because the label was misleading. It hints at being an Iowa product when in fact it is distilled and aged in Indiana. They lost the suit and now the bottle states “distilled in Indiana”.

Next, the company admitted to adding a chemical flavoring to their whiskeys. We will say that again, they add flavoring to this Rye. It is from a company called Clarendon Flavor Engineers. Templeton used to state on the bottle “prohibition era recipe”, that is now removed seeing as Clarendon was not even in business then. They also had to remove the words “small batch”, since Templeton is made in giant batches in Indiana.

Having said all that, is this “flavored” stuff any good? Templeton Rye sells for around $38 for the 750ml, comes in a medicinal looking corked bottle, and is widely available. Templeton Rye is 4 years old and is bottled at a somewhat weak 80 proof.

One note, we did our tasting before we learned all this.

NOSE

Todd:   Heavy Rye, pepper/spice along with some wood come to me first and seem to be the most dominate. I also smell a little raisin, some bitterness and a scent that reminded me of sherry or maybe Irish Whisky. Not bad but wasn’t overly impressed.

Ron:   No denying this is a Rye. Also catch strong scents of oak, grain, grass and spice. Reminds me a little of scotch and I get the slight bitterness that Todd got.

TASTE

Todd:   Very smooth, can easily be drank neat(probably owing to the low proof). No real stand out taste, just a few secondary ones. I get a little citrus, a touch of smoke, a bit of malt and a slight bread taste. Also taste that Irish Whisky that I got on the nose.

Ron:   Big Rye taste and pleased I didn’t get the scotch that I got on the nose. I pretty much tasted everything else I got on the nose, the grain, grass, oak/wood and the bitterness. Even more faint was a taste of walnut and the citrus that Todd tasted.

FINISH

Todd:   Long sweet finish with more of the bitterness.

Ron:   A warm medium-long bitter finish.

OVERALL

Todd:   A decent Rye but nothing to shout about. There is a lot better Rye out there at and below this price.

Ron:   I agree even though I like it better than Todd.

Nose     3.25 out of 5

Taste      7 out of 10

Finish      4 out of 5

Total score      14.25 out of 20 barrels

All in all a decent drink but way over priced. There is just too much Rye on the market to justify recommending Templeton Rye. And where are they getting this price? They buy in bulk and only age it 4 years. The price and low proof also make it prohibitive for a mixer.

Now, as to the top of the blog, we will never buy this product again. They were misleading as to the origin, the batch size and a good, well made Rye doesn’t need a chemical flavor added to it.

Stay away from Templeton Rye!

Bone Snapper Rye

bs                                                             We both thought we had reviewed Bone Snapper Rye previously as we have both tasted it multiple times. Only when a friend told us he  searched our blog for Bone Snapper to no avail, did we realize we had neglected this Rye that is quite poplar around here, especially with bartenders.

Bone Snapper Rye comes in a standard looking corked bottle with a quite unique label. It is bottled at a hefty 108 proof and sells for around the $35 mark, and, strangely, it is only aged for 2 years. Has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% barley. The version we tasted for the blog was “Batch #2” where as the bottles on retailers shelves right now are “Batch #3”.  It is not everywhere but we have no problem finding it in the Indianapolis area.

How can you pass up a bottle called Bone Snapper, will it’s taste live up to the name?

NOSE

Todd:    Very big nose of Rye dominated the sense. Way behind that were slight aromas of cedar, cinnamon, leather and a very light fruity, citrus like smell.

Ron:   I liked this nose with its big hit of Rye and sorghum. Secondary to those were scents of cedar, spice, tobacco and  just a hint of honey and citrus.

TASTE

Todd:  Definitely has a kick that can be expected from a 108 proof Rye. Still got the Rye over all else. Behind that lurked hints of anise, white pepper, and a musty aroma that reminded me of old wood. Which is odd for a juice only 2 years old.

Ron:   Oooh, that is real hot neat. I didn’t get a lot of stuff on the tongue, some spicy Rye followed by citrus, anise and slight tastes of cinnamon, tobacco and some bitterness.

FINISH

Todd:   Medium with not much change, some heat with some more mustiness and maybe a touch of mint.

Ron:   Medium-long with a nice burn and a bit more bitterness.

OVERALL

Todd:   Was somewhat underwhelmed. I didn’t get much complexity, not that I expected a 2 year old to be real complex.

Ron:  Decent juice but not the first Rye I would buy.

Nose    3.5 out of 5

Taste    7.25 out of 10

Finish    3.5 out of 5

Total score      14.5 out of 20 Barrels

Well we guess you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, or in this case a bottle of Rye by it’s name and presentation. We expect any Whiskey selling upwards of $35 to offer a little more. Moreover, why the premium for such a young Rye? To be fair, it holds its own in a cocktail but most of that comes from the higher proof which lets it stand up to mixers and ice.

Unless you find it at a greatly reduced price, our final verdict would be to kindly pass on Bone Snapper Rye.

 

High West Bourye

highwest_bourye_whiskey_zoom                                           A few weeks ago we reviewed Son of Bourye from High West. This week’s review is for the harder to find and much more expensive Bourye. Like the son, the parent is an aged blend of a Rye Whiskey and Bourbon, in both cases the Bourbon comes from Four Roses which is in itself a high Rye Bourbon. So, as we previously stated, with Son of Bourye, you are essentially drinking a Rye.

Bourye comes in the same old fashioned tall glass bottle that is a signature of High West. It is bottled at 92 proof and sells for around $90.00. We are not positive on the overall age. It is a blend of 17 year old Rye Whiskey, 13 year old Rye Whiskey and and a 9 year old Bourbon.

As stated above, Bourye is very hard to find, we understand this is because it is no longer in production but we couldn’t confirm that. We still come across a bottle in stores that sell high end spirits.

We were somewhat rough on Son of Bourye, will the father get better treatment?

NOSE

Ron:  Initially I did not get much on the nose but patience paid off and eventually I got many great aromas. Foremost, it had a clean sherry like scent, along with that I detected oak, leather, tobacco and almonds. After a small cube melted, I got a hint of mint.

Todd:  Well, about the only thing we have in common is the fact that the nose took a little effort. I got a pepper-type spice up front, this was followed by slight whiffs of smoke, cherries, cedar and just a touch of cinnamon. Strange, also got an aroma like cotton candy.

TASTE

Ron:  Pretty smooth for 92 proof. I tasted the sherry and leather that I got on the nose along with the pepper spice that Todd got on the nose. Behind that was a sweet citrus taste.

Todd:  Agreed that it is smooth and with the leather, citrus and spice. I tasted the slight smokiness, cedar and cinnamon that I got on the nose.

FINISH

Ron:  Medium-long to long with a warm slightly bitter finish.

Todd:  Long finish with a surprisingly sweet and bitter ending.

OVERALL

Ron:  A great Whiskey but I must say I enjoyed Son of Bourye a bit more, especially when you consider the monetary investment.

Todd:  Really enjoyed drinking Bourye even though it is not overly complex. I liked Son of Bourye if not better than at least the same as Bourye. But the son is almost half the cost.

Nose   4 out of 5

Taste    8.5 out of 10

Finish   4 out of 5

Total score   16.5 Barrels

Well Bourye did score better than Son of Bourye, but then again it is aged longer and is almost twice the investment. To us though, it didn’t seem like we were drinking that old of a Rye. Although this is a very good Whiskey, we think there is a lot of juice out there just a good, if not better, at a lower prices. While Son of Bourye did score one point less, in our opinion it is probably the better buy.

Final thought, we recommend buying this only as a collector’s item or just out of curiosity, if you don’t mind laying down the cash.

Willett Straight Rye Whiskey

Willett-Rye                                           Willett is best known by Whiskey drinkers for it’s Pot Still Reserve Bourbon, and then more for the bottle than the actual juice.  The Pot Still got mixed reviews from Talking Bourbon.

This is the first we have tried Willett Family Estate, Small Batch, Straight Rye Whiskey. They have ages running from 2 to 8 years, the bottle we are sampling was aged 2 years. Willett Rye comes in the same ordinary looking bottle that all Willett comes in, except the previously mentioned Pot Still. It is bottled at 107.7 proof, sells for around $38 for the 750 ML and can be found at most places that sell higher end spirits.

NOSE

Todd:  My first thought was Irish Whiskey. I don’t think I ever smelled a Rye like this and I don’t necessarily say that in a good way. Going beyond the Irish Whiskey I picked up some almonds, honey, malt and a slight banana scent. Just okay.

Ron:  Strong hot nose that actually tickled my nose hairs. Ignoring that I picked up aromas of spice, cedar, and anise. Also got hints of yeast and leather. All in all a decent nose.

TASTE

Todd:  Very hot neat, needs water or melted ice. Got pretty much what I got on the nose with almonds, malt and that crazy Irish whiskey thing leading the way. I got a slight taste of some kind of grain or toast lingering in the back ground.

Ron:  Like Todd, I found the tastes very similar to the smells. Getting cedar, anise and spice along with citrus and tobacco as the dominant tastes. Coming in behind that was honey and that same toast like taste that Todd got. And while I hate to keep agreeing with Todd, if I didn’t know better I would swear I was drinking an Irish Whiskey.

FINISH

Todd:  A nutty medium long finish.

Ron:   Medium long with not much change in the taste.

OVERALL

Todd:  I want to say that I love Irish Whiskey. Now having said that, when I buy a Rye I want it to taste like a Rye not like a bottle of Jamison’s. In fact, I like Jamison’s better than this. Anyway, I wasn’t blown away by the nose or the finish. The taste had some complexity but still lacked something.

Ron:  I liked it better than Todd, even though it does remind one of Irish Whiskey. Not sure I would buy it again.

Nose  3.25 out of 5

Taste  7.5 out of 10

Finish  3.25 out of 5

Total score     14 out of 20 Barrels

Some final thoughts on our review of Willett Rye, First, $38 is way too much to pay for a 2 year old Whiskey. Second, if you are going to charge that amount you better have an outstanding product which this is not. And third, a straight Rye should taste like Rye!