ModernThirst.com tastes and reviews Pikesville Straight Rye from Heaven Hill Distilleries, the resurrection of a classic Maryland-style rye whiskey brand.
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A unique and spicy rye whiskey with big citrus character that should tempt the palate and price considerations of any rye enthusiast.
There whiskey strikes a great balance of cooking spices with a little heat from the alcohol on the back of the tongue, making this a really nice sip. In fact, it’s one of the better rye whiskeys I’ve tasted in recent months, and I wish I’d picked up more of it. Very nice.
Rittenhouse should be considered one of the better value pours on the market, and one of the richer, more complex rye whiskeys available. Perhaps it’s Heaven Hill’s cost of money, maybe it’s just good business sense, but Heaven Hill continues to produce outstanding whiskeys at great values that remain available regularly on shelves.
It’s just a little too unbalanced to give a solid recommendation, but it’s not a complete whiff on Willett’s part. I’m sure this style will have its fans just the way it is. This feels like a liqueur crying out to be used in a cocktail rather than sipped neat, and for $150, it may price itself out of that market.
The juxtaposition of sweetness contrasted with the rye spice and the alcohol heat makes this an outstanding sip.
Lots of citrus sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Candied pears, peaches, and lemon greet the mouth, and give way to a rounded simple-syrup sweetness on the middle of the tongue.
Bulleit stands up extremely well to various other ryes in its niche. Its texture is outstanding, and that’s sometimes hard to accomplish in a 90 proof whiskey. The flavor is excellent as well.
A flawed offering from Masterson’s, this Rye leans far too heavily on the ultra-sweet and citrus flavors to the detriment of all else.
At under $40, this is actually an outstanding rye whiskey. In fact, at any price, it’s an exceptional spirit, and it shows that great care must be taken by the Willett family when selecting and purchasing their barrels.