Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof, 4 YO, 50 %
The Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof is made at the Heaven Hill distillery in Kentucky, but it is stated that it is made in a classic Pennsylvania style. It has been aged for at least four years and it is bottled at 100 proof (50 % ABV).
On the bottle you will see the text 'Bottled in bond'. From what I have learned online (the Internet is a wonderful thing), a whiskey has to be the product of a single distillery, made in a single season in a single year, to qualify as 'Bottled in bond'.
Nose (22/25): Warm spices; pepper of various kinds, cinnamon, ginger. Cinnamon buns straight out of the oven. Toasted bread and hazelnuts. There's a touch of alcohol here as well, but all in all an appealing nose.
Taste (20/25): Peppery; there are other spices here as well, but the pepper certainly does dominate. Slightly perfumed. A bit oaky, and toast-y. Massive amounts of caramel, vanilla and fudge!
Finish (20/25): Relatively short finish, and it is still massively sweet. It is a very dark and heavy sweetness. Maple syrup and burnt caramel is added to the mix. The spices are almost completely overpowered by the sweetness by now. The oakiness, with a nutty character, still remains, but it is quite subdued.
Balance (21/25): A massively sweet and somewhat spicy rye. Not my favourite rye, but a good dram.
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas