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Pikesville Rye 110 Proof

  • Distiller:

    Bernhneim Distillery

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:


  • Age:

    6 Years

  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: On paper this may seem simplistic in nature, but in execution, this is one of the best everyday ryes you can currently find on the shelf. Don’t hesitate to give this premium rye a try.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, dry, spicy, and well-balanced with hints of clove, honey, vanilla, brown sugar, and oak. Outstanding!
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Could be that Heaven Hill improved the recipe, but it really needs water, I believe.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: There's a creamy sweetness and cereal weight, that makes for easy sipping, especially with a chip of ice to open it up. Smoky tobacco, leather and dark chocolate round out the finish.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Rather, the overall impression is more akin to one you’d find in a lighter style of bourbon (albeit one bottled at a significantly higher proof than usual).
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Good but not really a very punch rye. It's a solid rye, has a nice soft, sweet mouthfeel.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: As for its high proof: Firewater this is not. For being so strong, it’s quite soft. I can vouch that it makes an excellent companion to fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • 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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  • Nose:

    Brown sugar, clove, cream, mild spice

  • Taste:

    Sweet and mild rye spice, lots of molasses, sugar, cream and clove

  • Finish:

    Medium, hot for the proof. Sweet and spicy. Leaning more towards spice

  • Overall:

    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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