Currently I have a bottle of rittenhouse that cost me about 16 bucks, a little less than overholt here in Texas, and am realizing rye can be a great bargain.
I'm sipping it straight now and it's suprisingly easy going. Not too pretentious, a bit sweeter than I'd expect from a rye but there is still plenty of that rye dryness with a tinge of sour. This simplicity may be a big part of it's appeal. The flavor brings to mind it's place in American history. The signature dryness of the rye brings to my imagination the dust and musk you might find in a 19th century saloon.
It seems rye has been enjoying a quiet but steady increase in interest and consequently expensive ultra premiums are becoming more available. But right now I'm a bit infatuated with these younger, inexpensive bottlings for their value and am wondering if there are other ryes in this price range worth trying and what some of your favorite all purpose ryes are.
talisker10 wrote:While I am sure the Handy is fantastic (hope to get a bottle for Xmas), it's real hard to beat Wild Turkey Rye for $25. Fantastic stuff.
I'll second this, both the standard 101 and the 6 year old Russell's Reserve are good. Rittenhouse 100 and Sazerac, too, though I think I would go with the Turkeys.
I've heard really great things about Rittenhouse 100 as well, though- at the only liquor store near me that sells rye, the Redemption is $25 and the Rittenhouse $22
How do these two compare?
I was thinking about picking up Rittenhouse next, as this bottle is seeming to dry up pretty fast I'm just worried that I won't love the Rittenhouse as much as the Redemption, and I will regret the change- although it's not too huge of a loss at this price point...
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