Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pikesville Rye Whiskey

Pikesville is a brand of rye whiskey with a longstanding history in Maryland. There are essentially two families of rye whiskey 1) Maryland style which is a barley legal rye, meaning its hardly over 51% rye with a decent bit of corn and 2) Monongahela rye, is a very high rye (up to even 100%). These are usually very spicy whereas the Maryland style has much more sweetness to it. Released in Summer 2015, this is the latest Maryland style rye whiskey from Heaven Hill. 

-6 years old
-51% rye 39% corn 10% barley
-110 proof 
-Price: $49 

Nose: Heavy aromas of cocoa powder and earthiness. A variety of baking spices (prominently clove) float out of the glass and are followed by sweet vanilla, subtle mint, and barrel char.

Taste: Extremely herbal with freshly ground green leaves and mint.  It's a well balanced Maryland style rye that is both sweet and spicy. Notes of vanilla, honey, and caramel are followed by cloves, anise, and oak.

Finish: A subtle bit of anise makes its way onto the finish. Warming and dry, it's slightly shorter than expected. 

Conclusion: I've grown to prefer the Maryland style rye from the Monongahel. This bottle really hammers that home. If you've enjoyed Rittenhouse or Pikesville Supreme Ryes, then I highly recommend giving this bottle a try! 

My Rating:  B+ (Very Good)

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