Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof (Brown Forman)
Added on Friday, Jan 19, 2007 at 07:26 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $20 Availability: Wide
Distilled at Brown Forman DSP-KY-354
Member Ratings and Notes
Mildly sweet nose, sweet palate without much spice, finishes a bit hot but otherwise well.  Easy to drink and good.  
Watery, tobacco, big alcohol at the end of the minimal nose not much other aroma.  Slightly sweet licorice and cigar flavors, minimal evidence of rye.   
A fairly respectable rye for the $, good nose, palate is a bit faint, but then finishes strong and long. 
Cheap! Very thin, short to no finish. Burns a bit, but not enjoyable at all.  
Sweet, but bold.  Weak nose, stronger palate.  Good.  
Thin, watery, no nose, no kick.  Unimpressive to my palate.  Somewhat unpleasant tobacco aftertaste.   
Taste is thin, but very drinkable.  Finish is mild for a rye.  
Nose:  Lots of herbal/botanical notes.
Palate:  Strong herbal, almost gin like flavors:  juniper, anise, fennel, rye with some background sweetness. 
Finish:  Now, more Bourbon flavors, but still pretty heavy on the herbals.

I think this stuff is more aggressive than older versions.  Note that while it's distilled by Heaven Hill, it's actually distilled at Brown-Forman, where all of Heaven Hill's rye has been distilled since the 1996 fire, though that is supposed to change as of mid-2011. 

N: Initially a bit thin. Rye comes through, lightly wrapped in sweetness. Light vanilla and caramel. Green and piney, dry straw, wood underneath it with some cinnamon. 


P: Warms quickly, with the cinnamon from the nose providing a bed for everything. Spice and pepper are strong, as is a reasonable kick of toffee and after a moment, vanilla too. There's a strong wood presence that doesn't push too hard but can't be ignored.


F: A strong and lasting finish with an initial wave of spice that gives way to increasing woodiness. It's not bitter or over-strong. Momentarily dries and goes grainy; heat fades as the finish lasts.


Enjoyable, agreeably woody. Not complex but good anyway.  

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