Rittenhouse Rye 100 (Heaven Hill/Bernheim)
Added on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 09:10 AM
  Bottler: Heaven Hill
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $25 Availability: Wide
Distilled at Heaven Hill's Bernheim Distillery (DSP-KY-1)
Member Ratings and Notes

The nose has honey and spice; it smells like the baking aisle in a market. On the palate, the spice is in the forefront followed by the honey and some more perfume type notes. The finish is slightly bitter with a touch of honey sweetness.


This is quite different than my memories of the Rittenhouse distilled at Brown Forman and not in a good way. The sweet honey notes are a bit too prominent for my tastes. The honey gives it a floral/perfume note that hides some of the spice, and I don't generally like a lot of perfume in my whiskey. It's a very disappointing result for a whiskey that used to be an old standby at a great price.


n:  pretty weak,really.  Could be about any whisky.  Not that there's nothing there... just nothing worthy of black ink.


P:  Had I tasted this blind, I doubt I would have picked this out as rye.  The honey and cereal could have passed for a Glenrothes.  Perhaps together they'd be more obvious to distinguish, but I'd declare this the most so-so scotch of all the rye I've ever had.

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