Excerpt: Pikesville Rye is complex, it’s versatile and it won’t break the bank. Great in cocktails, amazing neat and something that brings a whole new level of awesome to the rapidly crowding rye whiskey category.
Excerpt: This is a really good rye whiskey with a sturdy back bone of rye spice and oak sweetness. We are in an interesting place with several brands now able to release higher proof aged Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey, but most of these are single barrel expressions (so expect variance) or at a premium price point.
Excerpt: This rye clocks in at the right proof, with the right color, and the right flavors to be a solid sipper. But at nearly twice the price of Heaven Hill's Rittenhouse Rye Bottled-in-Bond, it becomes a tough sell, despite the nicer packaging.
Excerpt: It's a jawbreaker: full and hot in the mouth, with sweet grassy spice, bitter rye grain as it progresses, and crackling sugar near the end, just before it all smooths into a savory layered finish. Exciting ride, great ending.
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Brown sugar, clove, cream, mild spice
Sweet and mild rye spice, lots of molasses, sugar, cream and clove
Medium, hot for the proof. Sweet and spicy. Leaning more towards spice
Good but not really a very punchy rye. It's a solid rye, has a nice soft, sweet mouthfeel. Not punishingly harsh or hot but also not wildly complex. To me, this tastes closer to bourbon, than rye. Which is a problem for a product that costs nearer to $50 or $55 near me. I'm going to give this a Rank 5
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