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Rye

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by samus, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Flambeur

    Flambeur Well-Known Member

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    Drinking Rittenhouse 100 right now. Not as good as Sazerac (and at almost half the price I get it) but pretty damn good.

    But damn, it makes me miss the Sazerac.
     
  2. unpainted huffheinz

    unpainted huffheinz Well-Known Member

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    I'm pleasantly surprised to see mention of Old Overholt. I did not think it was all that common these days (it used to be one of the largest spirit makers in the US).

    The Van Winkle rye was pretty good when it came out about a decade ago, but apparently they bought the already aged casks from somewhere else. I don't know if I have had the one they distilled themselves though.
     
  3. chorse123

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    I'm giving a few bottles of rye as gifts this year to as-yet-unpatriotic drinkers who aren't bourbon fans. Was thinking of my standard rye--Old Overholt--but was also considering Wild Turkey Rye or Sazerac. Prices are $15, $24, and $29 respectively. Thoughts? They don't seem to carry Rittenhouse.
     
  4. NakedYoga

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    I'm giving a few bottles of rye as gifts this year to as-yet-unpatriotic drinkers who aren't bourbon fans. Was thinking of my standard rye--Old Overholt--but was also considering Wild Turkey Rye or Sazerac. Prices are $15, $24, and $29 respectively. Thoughts? They don't seem to carry Rittenhouse.

    I think the answer would depend on how these people are most likely to use the rye. If they're going to use them in cocktails (i.e. Manhattans), I'd say go with the Old Overholt or Wild Turkey (although I'm not a WT fan at all). If they're likely to sip it neat, I'd put my faith in the Sazerac.

    Also, PM me for my address so I can get on your Christmas gift list.
     
  5. ama

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    I think the answer would depend on how these people are most likely to use the rye. If they're going to use them in cocktails (i.e. Manhattans), I'd say go with the Old Overholt or Wild Turkey (although I'm not a WT fan at all). If they're likely to sip it neat, I'd put my faith in the Sazerac.

    Also, PM me for my address so I can get on your Christmas gift list.


    I agree. If your intention is for these people to drink the rye neat I vote Sazerac (or Russell's Reserve or Templeton of you can find them in your area). For Manhattans Old Overholt is sufficient, but I'd still prefer one made with Sazerac.
     
  6. IUtoSLU

    IUtoSLU Well-Known Member

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    Give them the Sazerac. But, if these are gifts, think about stepping it up to an 18 yr old bottle. Don't give Old Overholt.
     
  7. Aaron01

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    Some lesser loved ryes

    -Centennial Rye
    -Alberta Springs (100% rye)
    -Alberta Premium (100% rye)

    The Centennial is awesome and is pretty cheap (if/when you're in Canada, never seen it on our side of the 49th).

    Has anyone tried A.H. Hirsch or Black Maple Hills' rye?
     
  8. chorse123

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    Thanks, guys. These aren't their only gifts, but I'll probably grab the Sazerac nevertheless.
     
  9. Verno Inferno

    Verno Inferno Well-Known Member

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    I love Rye and in a Manhattan or on the rocks with a dash of Peychaud's bitters and a twist of lemon. Perfect.

    Here's what I like, in terms of price, they are all between 15-25 bucks, except for the Old Potrero 19th C which is like a million dollars but worth every penny.

    For everyday, the Pikesville rye whiskey and Old Olverholt do the trick.

    Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey
    Sazerac 6yr old
    Jim Beam Rye
    Rittenhouse
    Old Olverholt
    Pikesville rye whiskey


    Isn't it weird how they manage to make old, used bandaid taste pretty good? I had Old Potrero for the first time last year and it blew me away. I think the bandaid flavor (or nose) is really strange but good. What do the smart whiskey people call that? Antiseptic? There's a term other than used bandaid, I'm sure...
     
  10. nicad2000

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    Thanks, guys. These aren't their only gifts, but I'll probably grab the Sazerac nevertheless.


    Good call - Sazerac is definitely my favorite of the choices.
     
  11. Huntsman

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    Give them the Sazerac. But, if these are gifts, think about stepping it up to an 18 yr old bottle. Don't give Old Overholt.
    This. IU is the resident rye expert, and also, I agree. Plus, the Sazerac 6 bottle is gorgeous. Some have rec'd Wild Turkey -- it is very decent, but the Saz edges it ou
    Isn't it weird how they manage to make old, used bandaid taste pretty good? I had Old Potrero for the first time last year and it blew me away. I think the bandaid flavor (or nose) is really strange but good. What do the smart whiskey people call that? Antiseptic? There's a term other than used bandaid, I'm sure...
    It's the malt. It tastes very cereal-y to me. Like dried chocolate. Me likey. But I would not reccomend it as a rye to gift someone. ~ H
     
  12. Korben

    Korben Well-Known Member

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    Saw Hudson mentioned earlier.. very good (hard for me to find)

    Sazerac = good standby.
     
  13. fwiffo

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    What's wrong with Canadian Club?
     
  14. Pezzaturra

    Pezzaturra Well-Known Member

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    This: http://www.nordicbreads.com/?page_id=38

    with butter and parmesan cheese + cup of coffee = heaven on Earth.




    What's wrong with Canadian Club?

    It is not made from rye?
     
  15. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with Canadian Club?

    Besides being bland and flavorless?

    I like Michter's a lot, but the Thomas Handy Sazerac is very good this year if you can find it.
     
  16. Huntsman

    Huntsman Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with Canadian Club?
    Nothing, really. But it is not an American rye -- which is not nationalism speaking, merely that they are not even remotely similar in style. I have CC in my bar. But also a lot of other stuff. Adds to the goodness.
     
  17. marc237

    marc237 Well-Known Member

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    I am also a Sazerac fan. However, I also like the Kentucky A.H. Hirsch (a bit hard to find) and endorse Hudson. It is stunning how many bars do not carry any rye.
     
  18. lawyerdad

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    What's wrong with Canadian Club?

    Even though we call it "rye," it's not rye. There's quite a bit of corn in most of our whisky. Canadian whisky is great for many things, it's smooth and easy to drink, but it in no way stacks up to a well crafted, true rye whisky.

    LD, I've been looking at a bottle of that rye for months now. I might have to grab it.
     
  20. fwiffo

    fwiffo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for everyone correcting me. Popular culture has brainwashed me but that's to be assumed considering my first real binge taste of alcohol was smirnoff ice (not counting all the childhood experiences).
     

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