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Rabble Rouser Bottled In Bond Rye Whisky Review

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“Where Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained and elegant, Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious. Look for it to knock your socks off…“
Scott Harris Founder and General Manager
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NOSE: Rye |  Orange Zest  |  Hint of Fig

TASTE: Rye Bread  |  Orange Hard Candy  |  Pepper

FINISH: Spice!  An alternating mix of rye spice and orange. Lots of spice on the back of the tongue. A finish that lasts.

SHARE WITH:Rye whisky lovers and those looking for a good craft rye whisky.

WORTH THE PRICE: Yes. I bought this bottle so obviously I think it is worth it.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: I was fortunate to be able to try the 2019 version a couple different times in bars and based on that experience have been looking for a bottle.

OVERALL: Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky is released by Catoctin Creek Distillery (you can read my distillery review here), once a year in mid-February. The 2020 version was released on a Saturday. Although there were 900 bottles released nationwide, the distillery had 150 bottles and allowed each person to buy two. I remember that Saturday. It was very cold and I’m not much for standing in line for a chance that might not happen. Due to current circumstances however a number of restaurants did not pick up their bottles and the distillery put those 34 bottles for sale online in early May. They were gone in less than 30 seconds. I was lucky enough to get one.

As I said before, I had tried this a couple times at different bars and found it to be an excellent and complex rye whisky. I also wanted to see what the extra age would do the taste of the Catoctin Creek product. While all of Catoctin Creek Rye’s are 100% rye utilizing four different strains of rye, the three base expressions from the distillery are aged for about 2 years while the Rabble Rouser is a four year bottled in bond limited release. Catoctin Creek is very adamant that the base expressions aged at two years provides the taste of the whisky that they desire. I admire their steadfast belief in that stand. For me however, the extra age on this whisky makes a huge difference in the taste.  It doesn’t disappoint and provides an enjoyable drinking experience. While it is hard to find there are still some bottles out there. The Rabble Rouser is one of my favorite ryes and I am glad I was able to get a bottle. Hmmm, maybe next February I will go wait in line.

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About the Author
Lee Stang

Lee Stang


Lee’s bourbon journey started with one mistaken gulp of bourbon and coke as an eight-year-old. While bourbon was always part of his life, Lee followed a beer, wine path for the most part until a bartender poured him a taste of Buffalo Trace about ten years ago. It was at that point Lee’s love of bourbon really took off. Not only does Lee enjoy a good pour of bourbon but he is more than willing and excited to talk about it. Lee believes that bourbon, and for that matter all spirits, is enhanced by the experience of good company, good conversation and good bars. The combination leads to great stories. Say hi to him when you see him. Lee lives in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, best friend, and drinking partner, Patti. You might find her having a bourbon as well. Both Lee and Patti like to read mystery thrillers and travel. Most likely the travel leads to visits to new bars.

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