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Rodham Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett3 Comments

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Rodham Rye Whiskey

  • DISTILLER: Republic Restoratives
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed.
  • AGE: A blend of sourced one-year-old rye and three-and-a-half-year-old rye from Tennessee.
  • BATCH: 4-013
  • PROOF: 90 (45% ABV)
  • MSRP: $75.00
  • BUY ONLINE: Found only in the DC Metro Area at this time. More information is at their website.
NOSE: Spice | Vanilla | Maple

TASTE: Cinnamon | Caramel | Dry Spice

FINISH: The heat and lingering taste of dry, woody spices makes the experience pleasant. Rye whiskeys enjoy sticking around on the palette with their sharp flavor. This is a reason I would not recommend this served neat.

SHARE WITH: Anyone who can take and enjoy a political joke. Rodham Rye is its name. It is hard not to comment on that in some way no matter how your politics lean. It might as well be a fun comment then. Those who may shy from rye products may enjoy it  in a spirit-forward cocktail such as an Old Fashioned.

WORTH THE PRICE: The popularity of this beverage in DC has proved enduring despite its namesake not winning the presidency. It is currently $75 if bought on sight at the distillery at the time of this review.  This whiskey is worth most as a conversation starter, but those who often find ryes too spicy may enjoy it, too.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: DC’s local laws make it an interesting place to distill. You can sell, bottle, and create your product all in the same building. Places like Republic Restoratives are a drink geek’s paradise. You get treated to it all right where you stand. I would recommend trying the distillery first if possible because of this. Their bar’s bartenders focus on what nuanced ways to serve their specific products. They will do it, too, to please your tastes. Unless you know exactly what you want, it is hard to recreate that experience at home.

OVERALL: 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!

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Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.


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    $75 for a 90 proof blend of very young sourced whiskey?! Shouldn’t that price be a bone of contention? Even in the frenzy of the current boom climate, premium prices for non-premium products should not be normalized, and instead be viewed with great skepticism. Certain “craft” variables, like locally sourced ingredients or barrel proof bottlings might arguably justify a higher price point, but this expression seems to bear no distinguishing characteristics at all. Sounds to me like maybe Rodham Rye got their distiller’s degree from Trump University!

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