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Pinhook Rye’d On

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  • Distiller:

    Castle and Key

  • Bottler:

    Castle and Key

  • ABV:


  • Age:

    2 Years

  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: The finish shows the age and it definitely drinks 15-20% higher than it’s proof, but every time I thought maybe I tasted something I didn’t like, it didn’t stay long enough to identify. I think more age though will only benefit it, but this is a nice start.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: At the end of the day, found myself yearning for a bit more character from the whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It could use more oak and complexity in its flavor profile, but as an early example of Pinhook and Castle & Key’s distilling prowess, it performs admirably.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The nose on this 3-year-old whiskey is warm and welcoming, with good baking spices, a touch of pipe tobacco, sandalwood, vanilla, and oak.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Extremely soft, I would never have guessed this was 60% rye — but perhaps it’s that 20% malted barley that gives it its silky, doughy finish.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is making excellent aging progress but it’s not there yet. Let’s check back again next year.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Even at nearly 100-proof, it's deceptively easy to drink
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A smooth texture characterizes the finish, with notes of banana and almond still emerging. Youthful in profile, but a promising start.
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  • Intro:

    One of the first products rolling out from an entirely Castle & Key operation, Pinhook Rye'd On is a 2 year rye that was distilled, aged and bottled at Castle & Key. This has been a fun progression to watch and I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to progress. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Sweet cream, nice oak and clove note. Honey, tobacco, pepper, rising bread, bubblegum and musty grains.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel, but heat in check. Young, that much is clear but it’s not offensive. Honey, clove, mango, melon, apple and pear. Musty grains, some pepper. It’s young but not distasteful. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

  • Finish:

    Short, quite hot on the finish. Some apple, young wood, pepper, toffee.

  • Overall:

    Nose is excellent, palate is alright but the finish is what really gives away the youth. This is making excellent aging progress but it’s not there yet. Let’s check back again next year.

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  • By t8ke
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