Review: Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

6 yrs
51% rye, 37% Corn, 12% Malted Barley
Distiller Heaven Hill (Bardstown, Kentucky)

Pikesville is a relatively recent release, released by Heaven Hill as a bigger, older brother to the well loved Rittenhouse Rye - aged 6 years instead of the approximately 4 for Rittenhouse, and bottled at 55% instead of 50%. Jim Murray loved it, giving it his second best whisky of 2015, and consequently, it is hard to find - but good value and good if you can find it in the US. In Canada, it has retailed for $90 which is a bit pricy.

Review (2016)

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  • Bottling Date: 2016

Nice and earthy. Mint, menthol, banana cream pie, dill pickle, and lots of sharp, vegetal rye – arugula, dandelion, and fresh spinach. Brown sugar, vanilla, and no shortage of oak. Spices too – caraway and clove. And, of course, we have our corn coming through. Hot on the palate, dominated by oak with a good rye backbone. The flurry of spices and cacao slowly unfold to oily corn, vanilla, and dried chanterelles. Very nice. The finish is nice and full, no doubt thanks to the proof.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $90. But, in terms of American whisky, you can do better value-wise…