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Coppercraft Straight Rye Whiskey Review

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This was my favorite of the three Coppercraft whiskies we reviewed. The nose was quite inviting and there should be no doubt you have a rye whiskey in your glass. I got the impression from that initial nosing that the first sip would be sweeter than it actually was, but when you consider a 95% rye mash bill, with the remaining ingredient being barley, as opposed to corn, the fact that it wasn’t should come as no surprise. That’s not a knock on the palate, but more of a nod to the nose.

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WhistlePig The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve Review

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The name says it all. This is our biggest, most profound whiskey for the Boss Hog in all of us.– WhistlePigClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.WhistlePig The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve DISTILLER: Produced by WhistlePig Whiskey but the whiskey was distilled by MGP MASH BILL: MGP 95% Rye Mash, Finished in Calvados Apple Brandy Casks AGE: 13 Years YEAR: 2018 PROOF: Barrel Strength (varies, but my sample was 119 proof) MSRP: $500.00 BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com SHAWN’S NOTESBRAND NOTESNOSE: Apples | Tobacco | Baking Spices | Italian Herbs TASTE: Maple Syrup | Tobacco | …

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Rossville Union Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett1 Comment

With this release, I continue to be happy with MGP’s foray into releasing their own brands. None of them will be winning whiskey of the year accolades, but they’re all solid expressions of what MGP has been doing well for decades. (I’m still waiting for that MGP label that blows my mind. I just hope MGP hasn’t been letting their barrel sourcing clients take all of the great barrels resting in their rick houses.)

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Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye Review

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Michter’s master distiller Pam Heilmann calls this, “my favorite Michter’s whiskey.” She’s a real and regular whiskey lady, so it was believable high praise when she said that to me—unsolicited and on multiple occasions—which put me on the hunt for it. Did I mention kicking myself for not buying all three bottles on the shelf when I found it 230 miles from home? I’m a fan of Michter’s Straight Rye Whiskey, but at just 84.8 proof, it’s a minor leaguer compared to its Barrel Strength sibling.

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Wollersheim Round Top Rye Review

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There’s a plethora of two-year-old Ryes hitting the market, with some commanding amazingly high price tags. As this market gets more crowded, distillers must distinguish themselves from the competition.

Being a local, I was excited when Wollersheim, who has run a successful winery for several years, opened its distillery and announced it would create whiskeys. I’ve been curiously waiting ever since for something to be released, with my fingers crossed that they’d distill and age something of at least decent quality, as they’ve done a great job creating wines.

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Barrell Rye Batch #2 Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Brett Atlas2 Comments

Five years into Joe Beatrice’s foray into the independent bottling business, his Barrell brand has not taken its foot off the creative pedal. Famous for its unique and truly limited batch releases, each new bottling is markedly different from the rest. Sourcing from distilleries in Indiana and Kentucky, Barrell augmented its sequential Bourbon batch releases with private picks as well. Now, Barrell has gotten into the Rye game, and this second batch is anything but traditional. 5 year-old MGP Rye aged in Indiana and Kentucky joins a 5 year-old 100% Polish Rye aged in new charred barrels.

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Michter’s US 1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Steve Coomes2 Comments

The ladies were right on this one. By that I mean this: During the first group tasting of this spirit in 2017, Michter’s president Joe Magliocco gave this whiskey a thumbs down, believing the brand’s fans wouldn’t like it. Michter’s master distiller, Pam Heilmann, and its master of maturation, Andrea Wilson, believed otherwise and encouraged their boss to let the whiskey rest a little longer in the toasted barrel. A short time later, he tasted it, changed his mind and agreed they were right. Similarly, anyone who’s still not convinced rye whiskey is amazing should start here. Not only is it an exceptional expression, it’s arguably Michter’s best example of Heilmann’s and Wilson’s ability to manipulate wood to wring new flavors.

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Rodham Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett3 Comments

The last kind of drinker I am is a rye drinker. I will drink it and I will definitely drink this, but likely with a dash of water or some ice. Rye is a complex ingredient though. Ice or water allow a sense of sweetness to blossom if added, which is what happens with this whiskey. Context sometimes is second only to product quality when it comes to spirits. This appropriate libation is hard to beat after the last American election. Cheers!