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Skip’s Eye On Rittenhouse Rye

The legend of story during 2015 has finally made his first appearance into Whiskey On The Rails.   We finally got Skip to make his first visit in the Hotel Tango guest seat while we enjoyed some Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey.    Both of our hosts are avid Rye enthusiasts and look forward to any bottle that makes its way into our studio.    This podcast is filled with humor, wisdom and general Skip awesomeness when it comes to our overall review of this Rye..   Bottled in Bond is ready for the rails..  Enjoy this podcast and enjoy the ride..   Train..  Train..

You know it is great when you can bring your friends out and have a great conversation about whiskey.   Well in this episode, you can quickly tell that all three have been friends for quite a few years.   What does that mean?    A great opportunity to talk whiskey and more importantly talk about some awesome characteristics of this Rittenhouse Rye.   While we will leave some of those details to the podcast, however if you want to hear some of the items that were left on the floor during our editing, well check out our recordings on our Hotel Tango Periscope line..

When we choose our bottles for the recording, one of three things usually happens..  We are given a great recommendation and go get the bottle..   We are given whiskey or bourbon to taste and review..  OR We randomly go into any local liquor or grocery store and snag a bottle for our recording..   Yes, we see big names and go with them but usually we have been trying to find extremely random bottles for our review.   We are starting to learn that Heaven Hill distillery is putting out a bunch of great items and during the podcast we really put our guest to the test to see if he could name anything from that distillery..  I guess we made it too easy since he immediately pulled out Heaven Hill Whiskey..

We are certainly learning, they have an extensive collection of spirits under one umbrella..  We aren’t trying to try everything they have but random selection has certainly introduced us to a collection of their whiskeys, bourbons and ryes…   So what we are going to say is simple, go random and see if you pull something from Heaven Hill’s shelf..

Now we will leave a lot of the descriptions in the podcast on how we tried the whiskey across the board and our personal opinions during our tasting..   As always, we gotta thank our sponsors because without them we would be two guys with nothing to drink, nothing to drink out of and more importantly nothing to keep our drinks cold.   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

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Episode 10 – Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye

The beauty of having two hosts is they don’t always agree on what they are drinking.   If we both loved each and every whiskey it would make for a boring conversation and a boring review of each of the whiskey’s we bring to the table.   Well today we got to bring out a great rye from Knob Creek which one of us was a fan and another needed a bottle of tums to get through the recording.   We aren’t saying that this rye is bad but it certainly wasn’t somebody’s glass of whiskey.  So check out this podcast and figure out where we agree to disagree on this straight rye whiskey.   Train..  Train…

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

·         Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

·         Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

·         Whisky Stones – http://whiskystones.com/

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Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye

The beauty of having two hosts is they don’t always agree on what they are drinking.   If we both loved each and every whiskey it would make for a boring conversation and a boring review of each of the whiskey’s we bring to the table.   Well today we got to bring out a great rye from Knob Creek which one of us was a fan and another needed a bottle of tums to get through the recording.   We aren’t saying that this rye is bad but it certainly wasn’t somebody’s glass of whiskey.

As we started out our podcast, we fired up our periscope recording (sponsored by Hotel Tango) and decided that we are going to do our testing three ways across the board.   That would be neat, rock (ice) and over Whisky Stones (our awesome new stones sponsor).    With this testing, we didn’t feel that we should ruin this rye with mixing it with something because when you got a name like Knob Creek, you are expecting some awesome whiskey.

Step One, Neat..   As we start ever episode, well after the priming we take before the episode begins, is trying our whiskey of the week, neat in our outstanding Glencairn Whisky Glass.   At this point, both of the hosts are on the same page.  We are both looking forward to trying out this great rye from Knob Creek, we both are ready to roll with our podcast and we are both tip our whisky glasses to try out a new whiskey.   Well that is pretty much where that story ends and a tale of two differences begin with our Knob Creek Rye.     Check out the podcast and hear what our periscope (compliments of Hotel Tango) viewers saw in shaking off an apparent bad taste by one of the hosts.

Step Two, Whisky Stones.   If you haven’t listen to our podcasts in the past, it is very evident that one of our hosts really enjoy cold whiskey.   In his fridge, he will keep his whiskey at near freezing temperatures so he can enjoy a neat whiskey without having it watered down.   Since we got the whiskey warm, Whisky Stones were going to be a perfect addition to this step.    We placed three whisky stones into our glencairn whisky glass and gave it about 10 minutes to chill the whiskey down to a cold level.  Ten minutes later we were ready to jump into our second round of tasting our whiskey which really one of the hosts enjoyed rather nicely.  It was a cold rye whiskey which really gave you that pepped spice burn as you tried each taste of Knob Creek.    While I will save the pleasant review of the cold whiskey for the podcast, I will certainly start the notion that one of the hosts really dislike the whiskey during this process.  As he repeatedly claims during the podcast, he tastes cloves and cinnamon through each of the samples of whiskey and is really looking for the third step in our review process because that ice / water might really cut out some of the taste in our review.    You could tell the pure disappointment from this whiskey which we both thought would be solid since it comes from the Jim Beam family of whiskey’s (which we are both huge fans).

Step Three, Rocks / Ice..   Well we got to the stage that our other host was looking forward to during this podcast because he was hoping that some rocks and water would really cut down this rye to a point where he could really enjoy it.    Well not to ruin a good story but lets just say that adding rocks didn’t turn this isn’t a Christmas miracle.    Not only did the change of whiskey with the dilution of water not have a positive effect on the whiskey but he became even grumpier in the review process.   I gotta believe, as we say it on the podcast, that the percentage of rye that is included in this particular rye whiskey was the core reason why the host had such a problem with enjoying this whiskey.

While we try to keep our blogs as a teaser for our podcast, it is quickly known which one of the hosts enjoyed the whiskey and which one had a huge problem.   Honestly, it is a great thing that we both have completely different opinions on what we drink so we can provide our honest feedback and help the whiskey fuel some great conversations.  If you can’t sit around and enjoy beverages with your friends over some great conversations then you are missing out.    Well in this one, each of the hosts had an opportunity to give their feedback, their own thoughts and more importantly got a shot or two in on the other host.   At the end of the day, we might agree to disagree but you gotta listen to the podcast for more information and our reviews.

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

 

Locked And Loaded With Bulleit Rye

This week Rob and I sat down with a longtime friend, local whiskey aficionado, all together good guy who goes by the name Patrick and most importantly….Whiskey on the Rails first official guest!  Being graced with such royalty we thought we would pull out a bottle of Rye Whiskey and see what happened.  The Rye of choice this day was Bulleit Rye Whiskey, and I couldn’t have been happier about our selection.  This 95% rye, 5% malted barley is distilled by Lawrenceburg Distillers in the state of Indiana for Bulleit Distilling Company in Lawrenceburg Kentucky.  We decided rather than dwell on the logistics of this fine company, we would much rather crack this bad boy open!

First step of our review is the bottle.  Bulleit kept it classy with clear glass, raised lettering and a green label to let everyone know that this is a Small Batch Rye American Whiskey that would look great behind any bar.  The bottle really allows for the golden straw color to do the talking.  This small batch rye is aged 4-7 years and packs a decent punch at 90 proof (45%ABV).  Ok, I know what you’re thinking…. “Enough already, tell me about what is INSIDE the bottle!!!”  Folks, I couldn’t agree with you more!

So for those of you just discovering us here at Whiskey on the Rails, we like to review our whiskey three ways: Neat, Rocks, Mixer/Cocktail.  So we started with a nice shot of the Bulleit in our beautifully crafted and personalized Glencairn Whiskey Glasses and gave this rye a whirl.  The initial sniff test hit us with a sweet cherry, caramel mix.  First taste….AMAZING!  Extremely smooth and ridiculously clean on the mouth with a delightful burn on the way down.  The cherry that was picked up on the sniff test really stands out during the taste and also has a nice cinnamon finish.  The whole drinking experience is incredibly smooth and extremely well balanced, making this one of my new favorites!  Adding some rocks to our glasses mellowed it down a tad, but the tones didn’t fade and almost seemed to enhance most of the flavors.  For the first time after one of our reviews, I took this bottle home and enjoyed quite a few on the rocks for the rest of the day!  General consensus of neat and rocks was unanimous, this booze is delicious all the way around!  For the third way, Rob showcased his bartending skills,  whipped us up a tasty Manhattan and gave away his great recipe, but you are going to have to listen to the podcast review for that…wink, wink!  We all agreed that there is no way we were going to mix this with anything other than a good cocktail.  A Bulleit Rye Manhattan would be a great choice to sip on while drawing from a good cigar or a nice nightcap.

The votes were tallied; Patrick loved it neat while Rob and Eric were huge fans of Bulleit on the rocks.  With a modest price of around the $30.00 mark, this is a bottle that should be tried by everyone.  It is complex and strong enough for the experienced whiskey drinker yet mellow enough for the rookies.   Since its release in 2011 Bulleit Rye has chalked up numerous awards including 2 Double Gold Medals and 3 Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  I never knew how good something had to be to win a DOUBLE gold medal, but I couldn’t agree more!  If you haven’t had a chance to try Bulleit Rye, do yourself a favor and do so, not enough good things to say about this product!

Alberta Rye Whisky – Our Starting Point

Every journey has a starting point.   Whether you are taking your first step in a marathon, getting your first set of car keys or trying your first bottle of whiskey, it all begins with that first step.   We have two guys which are driving the train in our blogs and podcasts…   We have two separate paths with our preferences in drinking… However we found we have the same enjoyment for Jim Beam products.

Since this is going to be the “Beam” guy giving his first blog in this series, I want to talk about one of the recent whiskey’s I was introduced to at a recent “whiskey tasting” event.   Now I am sure this is going to get my first strike against fellow whiskey drinkers but I haven’t always been a fan of knocking a few ice cubes into glass and sipping away… I have always been let’s fire up some coke or diet coke and enjoy a mixed cocktail with whiskey…   Yes, I know that isn’t the best way to drink it but after talking with the host of the whiskey tasting, he said it doesn’t matter how you drink it but drinking the way you like it…   However he still gave me the stink eye I was mixing my whiskey but we moved on and started tasting his samples.

One of the six whiskey’s we tried tonight was a whiskey from north of the boarder.   It was a rye entry (which is a Jim Beam product) called Alberta Rye Whiskey.   I haven’t been a huge “rye” fan over the years however with each whiskey I was sampling, I made sure to have a chaser close by so I could finish off all of the samples.    I heard the same thing from the prior four samples from my buddies, oh man this is great, and you won’t need that chaser… By the fourth sample of hearing it, you sort of lose faith in your friends.   However I guess fifth time is the charm because I finally had to agree with them.

I found a whiskey that I could taste and not have every single hair on my arm pop up.   A whiskey that I could slip on and not feel any bite from it.   A whiskey that I could enjoy in the middle of winter or on the lake in the summer… A whiskey that I have no problem tipping my cigar in and enjoying the evening.

Thanks to the wonder of technology, I could quickly check out the details on this Rye… According to their website, a simple bottle of Alberta Rye Whisky – Dark Batch runs with a simple 91 / 8 / 1… What that means it is 91% Rye Whisky, 8% Bourbon and 1% Sherry.   Now that is too many numbers as far as I am concerned, I went with 100%.   100% sure I am going to pick up a bottle of this whiskey on the way home from this event.   100% sure this is going to be ice cold in my freezer so it is ready for any drinking opportunity… 100% sure, I have found a new great gem from Canada.

I started this blog that every journey starts with that first step.   Well this way my first step in writing a blog about my favorite bottle of whiskey in my freezer.   Stay tuned for more blogs because we are willing to take one for the drinking community and find that next gem…

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