Straight Rye Whiskey

ABV 55%
REVIEWED Issue 132
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Brand: Pikesville
Expression: Straight Rye Whiskey
Type: USA Whisky / Rye
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 55%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 132
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Dense and robust with treacle, dark rye bread, dark spices and dark herbs. Yes, it’s a bit dark! Sweet oak adds lightness and corn adds sweetness. With time earth, liquorice and roasted coffee.
Palate: Full of toffee, treacle, dark rye and dark wood spices. Hints of sweet corn and honey along with subtle vanilla, but the oak is becoming increasingly bitter.
Finish: Intense and mouth-watering. The bitter spices grab you by the doobries and refuse to let go!
Comment: It’s a bit hardcore this one. If you have an allergy to bitter spices then I’d pass.
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Royal jelly and pulled pork. It is like the Queen hosting a Texan barbecue at Buck Pal. There is a smoothness to this spicy whiskey which is unusual, but welcoming.
Palate: Smooth, and would be perfect over rocks with a game of cards. Cinnamon, nutmeg and drying oak balance out the sweet vanilla tones to give a dram that sits well on the palate.
Finish: Spice, sweetness and honey.
Comment: A good example of a whiskey from the Americas which could be a sipper in its own right.
Visit the distillery
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc Distillery, 1064 Loretto Road, Bardstown, KY, USA
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