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Russell's Reserve Rye Single Barrel
Added on Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 04:48 AM
  Bottler: Wild Turkey
  Age: 6 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 52.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $60 Availability: Better Stores
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Dark and earthy vanilla with oaky rye spice with a gentle corn sweetness. Caramel popcorn ball. Bright and spicy finish. 
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Wild Turkey Rye 81
Added on Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 04:01 AM
  Bottler: Wild Turkey
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 40.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $23 Availability: Wide
Mash: 65% rye, 23% corn, and 12% malted barley
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
Gentle spice and clay, floral notes and sweet corn syrup. Alcohol burn and thin mouthfeel. Vanilla and wood char in the finish. Doesn't have much rye bite to it.
 
Drinking this neat doesn’t really work for me, but to use it to make inexpensive cocktails with, this is a good choice.  [C/C-]

Side by side:
101 rye is my hands down preference vs the 81 rye
 
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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009
Added on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 04:21 AM
  Bottler: Bruichladdich
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2009 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $85 Availability: Better Stores
The barley came from Claggan, Cruach, Island and Mulindry farms on the renowned famous island in the Hebrides.
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Ries
 

Dark honey and vanilla, with golden tropical fruit mixed in with some maritime notes of brine and olive oil. Strangely sweet and grassy with mineral, oak, and more dried pineapple. Buttermilk biscuit dough, green apple, and thick cereal notes dominate the middle. The light peat smoke appears in the sryupy finish.  [B-/C+]

 
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Lagavulin 1998 Distillers Edition
Added on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 03:37 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1998 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $110 Availability: Better Stores
This double-matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

Distilled in 1998, bottled in 2014.
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B-/B (no notes) 
Ries
 
Light dried red berries, clove, and vanilla custard. Paper smoke and black peppercorn with grilled pineapple. Dry (tannic) with controlled earthy peat. Sherry cask influence of honey and plum adds to the standard Lag profile with the iodine and driftwood char in the middle. Long smoky finish.
 
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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Rye Whiskey
Added on Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 at 04:42 AM
  Bottler: Jack Daniel's
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 47.00 % Region: Tennessee
  Price: $50 Availability: Wide
Jack Daniel Distillery Single Barrel Rye Whiskey is crafted from a batch of 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley (this mashbill is the first new mashbill used at the Jack Daniel Distillery Distillery in over a century). Once the ingredients have been mashed, they are fermented with a proprietary strain of yeast and iron-free cave spring water. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled and the resulting whiskey is then charcoal mellowed through 10 feet of sugar maple. This filtering process, known as the Lincoln County Process, earns the whiskey the title of “Tennessee Whiskey” and imparts a signature, sweet yet smoky flavor profile.

Once the whiskey has been charcoal filtered, it is matured for several years in toasted and charred new American White Oak barrels stored in the uppermost locations at the Jack Daniel Distillery warehouses. The higher the barrels are positioned, the hotter the temperature, and therefore the more opportunity the whiskey has to interact with the oak. 

8,000 cases of Jack Daniel Distillery Single Barrel Rye Whiskey will be released worldwide.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: maple syrup and banana candy. Margarine on multi-grain cracker. Young and sweet.

t: nutmeg, caramel, pine tar, and stale Cracker Jacks, along with a green banana note. Rye aspect shows then fades quickly after that. Black peppercorn, light brown sugar, cinnamon, thin mouthfeel. Slight nuttiness and clove in the short cardboard/oak finish.
 
Not unpleasant by any means, just doesn’t come across as a rye and nothing memorable other than the unique smoky banana note. [barrel 16-0800, rick # L-3, C+/B-]
 
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Dark Horse Distillery Reunion Rye Whiskey Barrel Strength
Added on Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 04:15 AM
  Bottler: Dark Horse Distilling Co.
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 56.85 % Region: Kansas
  Price: N/A Availability: Better Stores
Founded in 2010 Dark Horse is an upstart Kansas City distillery that is family-owned and operated by the Garcia siblings. Focusing on craft whiskies, Dark Horse buys its grain from local farmers and mills it at the distillery, giving them much better control over their grain. Made from 100% rye, this whiskey is fermented over 5 to 7 days employing the classic sour mash method. This Rye is gently distilled in a 500-gallon copper hybrid still named Chester Copperpot, before being matured in new Missouri Oak barrels for about 18 - 20 months.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: high in black pepper and spice. Vanilla, wet grass, and fresh ginger. 
 
t: hot and raw, wheatgrass fire. Doughy cinnamon bread and coarse black peppercorn. Charred oak shows in the finish when it calms down. Too sharp and not cohesive; shows potential but needs more time to coalesce. A little water helps, but does something funky to the finish.
 
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Union Horse Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Added on Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 03:56 AM
  Bottler: Union Horse Distilling Co.
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Kansas
  Price: N/A Availability: Better Stores
Mash of 80% corn and 20% rye, both of which are sourced from local farms in the American Midwest. Once the grains have been transported to the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being fermented with a proprietary strain of yeast that was formulated specifically for Union Horse Bourbon. By using sour mash to catalyze the fermentation process (sour mash refers to the art of using a small amount of spent mash from an older batch of whiskey in order to catalyze fermentation in a new batch of whiskey). Once the mash has been fermented for five to six days, it is distilled through a custom-made Vendome copper-pot still.
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Ries
 
Standard bourbon with dill pickles on buttered wheat bread. Lime zest, beer nuts, and caramel oak in the middle. Finish is white pepper, orange peel, and dusty vanilla-mint. Seems young, some time will temper this down to improve this.  [small batch 2, bottle 2018] 
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Tomintoul 14 Year Old
Added on Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 03:48 AM
  Bottler: Tomintoul
  Age: 14 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $42 Availability: Better Stores
Bottled at 46% at its natural colour without being chill-filtered.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: light citrus peel, PaperPort, black tea, oatmeal. 

 

t: hard to find descriptors. Oats, lightly sweet, with heather in the middle. Flat and thin, wet green grass in the finish. 

 
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Suntory Whisky Toki
Added on Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 02:57 AM
  Bottler: Suntory
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 43.00 % Region:
  Price: $45 Availability: Wide
Blend of whiskies from Suntory's Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: banana peel. Apricot. Light fruit and malt.  Light dried balsam wood. 
 
t: follows nose but more white sugar and hint of mint. Not complex. Spiritous and young finish. Light, a perfect candidate for the classic Japanese Highball.  [C-/C]
 
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Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Added on Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 02:42 AM
  Bottler: Suntory
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 43.00 % Region:
  Price: $75 Availability: Wide
A blend of Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Presented in the brand's trademark 24-faceted bottle representing the Japanese seasons. American White Oak malt whiskies create a solid base. Mizunara (Japanese oak) and sherry cask malt whiskies are the dressing. The smoky malt whiskies enact as subtle accents to create depth and further complexity. Grain whiskies from Suntory’s Chita distillery act as the “dashi,”or broth, to complete the personality of the malt whiskies and enhance their overall harmony.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: grassy and sweet, light yuzu citrus, fresh linens. Powdered sugar, butterscotch hard candy, and mint.

 

t: initially is sharp alcohol, orange blossom, and white sugar sweetness. Thin body and more of the grassy sweetness in middle. In the finish is where it comes together better; you can taste the vanilla oak, some light paper smoke, and spiced apricot. 

 
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