Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey refuses to be forgotten. First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, the brand, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by prohibition. The brand reemerged after prohibition and became the last standing Maryland Rye, as the rest of the industry's production had ceased. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, Heaven Hill keeps this historic Maryland mark alive with this award-winning six-year-old, 110 proof offering.
Gold, with a light amber cast. Moderately light-bodied. Toasted oats, hazelnuts, lemon. Delicate, soft texture. Brisk and tart on the palate. Easy on the lighter citrus notes are more seasoned grainy and nutty elements dominate. Pungent finish.
First Impression: Rye spiciness of course with an overlay of sweet malt to make a spicy melange, Vietnamese cinnamon, faint Szechuan pepper scent,whisper of clove.Very lively for a whiskey at this age. Taste: Thick body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches. There is a definite sweetness with a spicy sourness underlying it. Unlike many whiskies of its age group it is neither tired or over oaked ( both common but usually separate perils of aging past 12 years (or younger really) Lingering spicy sweet finish with a pleasing if paradoxical dryness.
As with Dickels corn-based whiskeys, Dickel Rye is very silky smooth, that charcoal mellowing having done its duty admirably. But theres ample rye character here chewy raisin bread with ample cinnamon notes. Vanilla a-plenty. Cocoa powder finish. Overall, the body is light and easygoing, a pleasant and sweet rye that would work well in any cocktail.
WhistlePig produces a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process. WhistlePig embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age hitting the sweet spot in all three categories. In short: more rye, all the proof, and the perfect age. All in. Full stop.
Taste Americas history in this small-batch rye whiskey. Central Standard's master distiller harvests each barrel after patient aging, unleashing an oaky nose rich with sweet caramels and peppery spices. The confident grain bill of 95 percent rye and 5 percent corn creates a complex yet approachable flavor and a crisp finish for the ages.