51% Rye, 37% Corn, 12% Malted Barley
History – This is a Bottled in Bond (BiB). To be labeled BiB, the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof. Additionally, the BiB label must clearly identify the distillery where it was distilled and where it was bottled.
Value – For 25$ you cannot beat it. It is a smooth rye that can keep you coming back for another bottle when this one is finished.
Appearance – Deep amber in color and classic with the Bottled in Bond label that reaches deep into the history of the product. The label coloring is great to match the reddish brown of the color that the bourbon pushes out. Basic bottling overall.
Nose – Definitely a floral smell right out the gate with a nice rye pull, ginger, grassy and raisin. This has a very soft smell that will not over stimulate but will give you what you are looking for in an easy drinker. I am liking the grassy notes and floral smells that I get from this. Makes it feel almost seasonal like spring or summer.
Palate – What I get from this is Toffee, Fresh Wood, Cinnamon and Apple. Very pleasant and delightfully smooth when you take this down. I think that just for the smoothness and complexity packed with all of these flavors is why the brand does so well in the market. The after apple taste really stands out with this and a light cinnamon on top of that. If you liked cinnamon apples as a kid then this is bourbon for your palate. That’s for sure!
Finish – The finish is great with a moderate finish that does not last that long but has you coming back in for a nice coat on your tongue. This is not a thin bourbon by any means and has a level of complexity even on the finish that draws you back in.
Summary – Overall Rittenhouse Rye is one of those bottles that is budget friendly that really makes a lasting impression. It has everything that one would look for in a standard everyday bourbon that you can share easily with friends because ‘Hey’ you can find it anywhere due to its wide availability. Its nose is great and not overpowering, its palate is smooth with some complexity without under delivering and its finish is not exactly the best you could hope for but does not disappoint as well.
“I would like to wrap this bottle in a category that states ‘An Easy Go To Bourbon’ especially when you find that you want something that is not only a great sip but a refreshing one at that!“
– Andrew Workman
Uniqueness – 1-10 – 10
Appearance- 1-10 – 10
Nose- 1-20 – 8
Palate- 1-20 – 18
Finish- 1-20 – 15
Value- 1-20 – 20
Andrew Workman on 9/10/2022
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