American Whiskey - Rye

Rittenhouse 100 Proof Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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94th Percentile
This score falls in the 94th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
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  • 2010
  • 2014

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Wine Enthusiast

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  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

Rittenhouse rye whiskies are owned and managed as a brand by Heaven Hill Distilleries and comes in several different expressions; they claim it is "Produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or Monongahela rye whiskies"... that style of whiskey is generally known for high rye-grain proportions from 90% to a full 100%.

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This bottle has 14 ratings and 14 reviews.
Tango Tango (121)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-11-29)[Updated Review]
Rittenhouse 100 proof BIB Rye is good, but not great. .. The rye is barely legal at 51%.. The nose is rich oak, milk chocolate,caramel , and spice. The entry is heated with palate of corn, leather, spice, and vanilla with finish of honey, vanilla , spice. and rye-bread .
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 4.8 (2016-10-12)
Absolutely outstanding and incredible value! The best old fashioned I've had was made with this. On its own, it almost drinks like a bourbon, until the dry cocoa & mint finish. Becoming harder to find in my area but price has held steady around $24. Will try to always have a bottle of this on hand.
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TheFirstTen TheFirstTen (9)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-09-20)
Sweet nose like marshmallows, wafers and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. I like it, but I don't love it. Scratch that, I really like it, but I don't really love it.
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mynoseknows mynoseknows (36)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-03-17)
couldnt get into it. My brother calls it Rottenhouse Rye.
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US Spirit US Spirit (74)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-12-08)
Seeing as how this is a Heaven Hill product, I kind of wonder why this isn't branded as "Evan Williams Rye". It is kind of to Rye what Evan Black Label is to bourbon, and that's a good thing. It is candy-sweet for a rye, sweeter than many bourbons even. Its not a super smooth whiskey, but it IS probably super smooth when you consider its rye, 100 proof and probably exactly 4 year old. In addition to the sweetness, I get oak, rye spice, a little alcohol, and what I'll term "Rittenhouse funk" for lack of a better term. Its not as sophisticated or refined as Templeton or Sazerac, but its quite flavorful, tolerably smooth, and my fifth cost me $25. Also the rye fire is tempered nicely, so this makes an excellent Manhattan (though a hair under Sazerac, at least for me). The biggest drawback for me is that the price is on the rise, I usually see this for $30 now. The biggest strength for me is that its readily available, making this arguably THE rye to try if you're in a bar (I much prefer it to Bulleit, and I'd argue the sweetness makes it waaayyy more approachable, you could even mix this with cola if you had to). Though its bested imo by Templeton as a mixer and both Temptleton and Sazerac neat, this is my favorite rye over ice, I get more sweetness than fire. I recommend this to anyone who can handle a little stronger spirit and wants to try a rye. Not recommended for those looking for the ultimate in smoothness or sophistication though, or who insist on a huge rye mash bill as this is "barely legal" at 51%. For me this works out to 4 stars. I'd have no problem buying Rittenhouse again, but personally I'd take Sazerac any day over this if I have my choice. My bottle of Sazerac only cost me a dollar more.
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BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-09-04)
I enjoyed this as much or more than anything I've tried lately. Muncher nailed it. BOLD. Nose is full on caramel and butterscotch with a hint of oak in the background. Enters sweet and even, straight through to the finish. There's a touch of candied fruit and then a jolt of peppery, tingly spice. Lingering dusty oak on the finish. Drop in a couple cubes of ice and the rye spice and oak come to the forefront., but it loses that jolt of tingle in the mid palate. This is a winner. Old Overholt has been my go to rye for the last several months, but now that my ABC carries this I've found a new one. This is a solid 5 star, even without considering the mid-$20 price tag. That's just an added bonus.
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Irishman Irishman (323)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-02-16)
Bought this one based on Muncher's review and it didn't disappoint. I let mine settle for a couple minutes on the rocks before I dug in and discovered that Muncher is spot on with the description - bold, spicy, musky, and a clean finish. This is a solid 3.5 stars, but bumped to 4 based on the very approachable (and repeatable) price point.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-01-17)
Delicious, just delicious. Paid $23 and it's worth every penny...and then some. Bold, robust, spicy, and has that "muskiness" that I like about Blanton's and Evan Williams SB. Rittenhouse definitely makes a strong argument for the title of best rye in my world. It's the best value in rye whiskies I've encountered thus far.
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EZWriter EZWriter (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-12-26)
What a kick initially, then the rye and some spiciness kicks in, with some floral, licorice and plum notes. Has good body with a nice dry, clean finish which lingers for a bit, surprisingly smooth considering the proof! Definitely underrated here, though Whiskey Mag rates it as one of the top rye whiskeys out there! A good bargain if you like rye whiskey!
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Kenneth Kenneth (26)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-09-01)
Not great; it's young, and not a straight rye, but definitely drinkable, and the price is reasonable. Useful in cake recipies, too.
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decostrj decostrj (17)
Rating: 2.0 (2013-06-29)
Not sure what all the fuss is about. Hardly any nose. Fairly typical rye flavor. Harsh on the palate being 100 proof and younger. Cheap price is its only saving grace
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aslezak aslezak (28)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-02-25)
Compared to most $20 Bourbons, this is near the top. The rye kick is intense, and the sweetness of corn is still present. There is some complexity here, neat or with soda. In Houston, the bars bought the entire stock of Rittenhouse, so the price is closer to $25 now. My favorite rye so far. May be getting overpriced.
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LiquorBox21X LiquorBox21X (25)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-05-07)
This is an amazing rye whiskey, with rye and spicy wonderfully balanced with a deep caramel sweetness that will impress! This is one of the better values in the liquor world. It Rocks on the rocks!
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laflavor laflavor (19)
Rating: 2.0 (2011-03-29)
Gasoline...strictly for mixers. I prefer Fighting Cock in the same price range.
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