Color: Rustic Amber
Nose: A thick, rich rye spice note jumps out of the glass. Sticky caramel follows with vanilla, an earthy and herbal mint, ginger, and oak.
Taste: Rye is the heavy weight champion here with caramel and mint slugging it out for second place. Vanilla wafers and cherries spark on the palate with a grassy oak caboose.
Finish: A warm and medium finish with a pleasant oak note and wide array of spices (mostly rye and black pepper).
Conclusion: With these BIB regulations, Rittenhouse flaunts a robust flavor profile with bold caramel, vanilla, and oak notes similar to most well-aged bourbons. At an average price of $25, it's a great budget rye, and while very good neat, it makes a great cocktail; give it a try in your next Old Fashioned or Manhattan!
My Rating: B+ (Very Good)