Whisky review: Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof

By Martin Eber, January 20 2017
Whisky review: Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof

Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky is an affordable rye whisky which I originally bought for making cocktails – I've always enjoyed it in a Manhattan or Sazerac (a refreshing 'New Orleans variation' of a whiskey cocktail), where the 50% ABV holds up well.

But it's also a well-regarded rye on its own, and worth trying straight to appreciate its spicy flavoursome character.

Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof

Colour: Copper-brown.

Nose: Treacle, maple syrup, lots of vanilla pods and some peppercorn.

Palate: Smooth, slightly viscous, spicy (pepper and cinnamon). There's orange rind and cinnamon sticks, with a dusting of icing sugar and a fair amount of oak. Simply, but tasty.

Finish: Medium to long in length, peppery.

Rating: 88/100. No-one's suggesting this is an earth-shatteringly complex whisky - it's not. It's a simple rye done very well. All the flavours you want in a rye are there, braced against a bold, solid backbone. The ABV feels spot-on and it serves well as a neat dram, or a great base for a booze-forward cocktail.

Details: 50% ABV, A$83

This article was originally published on TimeforWhisky – visit TimeForWhisky.com on the Web and on Instagram.

Martin Eber

Martin is the founding editor of TimeForWhisky.com, a leading blog for lovers of the dram with tasting notes, events, bar reports, new releases and more.

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