Rittenhouse Straight Rye

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100 Proof - Bottled-In-Bond
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Jan 2015 7:10 pm by very_bad_day

Average value

€ 38.33

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127 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Rittenhouse Straight Rye

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.32 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Rye is becoming increasingly popular, and I certainly understand why. It's flavorsome, affordable and has a bit more punch than your average bourbon. Rittenhouse from Heaven Hill is an old classic and a good starting point to explore rye. The nose is unmistakably spicy with loads of cinnamon, cloves and caramelized sugar. Gingerbread, sweet oranges and hints of floral add to the complexity. After a strong and gingery arrival, the taste develops aromatic and semidry, with notes of bitter honey, mint and wood spices lingering in the medium finish. A steal!

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Jabarkas scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Great for mixed drinks. Very nice spiceness. Well priced. 50 % alcohol is also good news. I would not drink it neat though. Rye makes it unpleasant for me. This really is a great mixer. Rye is exceptional there. If you are testing rye whiskies for the first time, rather go for this one than Pikesville. Pikesville is generally the same whiskey. Only stronger and older. And much more expensive.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A standard release, not the worst, by the way, is sufficient and strength, and saturation, some revelations from him is not worth waiting for, but as a "for every day" quite fit.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, strong bourbon notes - resin, salty grape leaves, old wood.
    • Taste
      Sharp, powerful, oak, pine-resin notes, pepper wave, sweet creamy tones, nuts, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, sweet and sour, oak, salty grape leaves, popcorn, needles.

  5. Kaleva scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Good rye all-rounder. Rye spices, sweetness, maybe a bit too much oak on my taste but giving overall good impression. The price is not bad too.
    • Nose
      Sweet and spicy, green apple, barley, caramel, fruit candies, dusty notes on the background. Water opens up some sour (lemon) and woody notes
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy (peppers, ginger), oak, caramel, orchard fruits
    • Finish
      Long, honey, spices, strong oaky tannins

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rather decent rye whiskey. There are some spices, a bit of wood, but also some cooked vegetables in here. The spices you get are five spice, cinnamon, coriander and garam masala. With some water there is also caramel in the nose.

    Decent, a little bite of the alcohol. You also get the spices as described, again with some cooked cabbage.


    Medium length. Quite some caramel and vanilla in the finish. It gets a bit woody, but not really anything annoying.

    Quite good, around €35,-

    Sober and decent. I like Bottled in Bond as a statement and 100 proof is also good!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. LukeFive scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Solid rye. Great for Sazerac and Old fashioned

  8. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    look interesting, and a very good PLV. I'm buying.
    • Nose
      Spicy, clear tart note, ginger, scorched oak, vanilla, caramel, orange peel.
    • Taste
      mouth-filling, sweet and slightly sour, then directly the oak, vanilla, ginger, orange and something slightly metallic.
    • Finish
      medium, it leaves the oak with a sour ginger-orange note, and something like cocoa powder 90%.

  9. Laird Blonag scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Rye both pure and in a Manhattan very much. In addition, in my opinion good value for money.
    • Nose
      Spicy, ginger bread, sourdough, charred oak, candied ginger, some vanilla and orange peel.
    • Taste
      Oily, mild despite 50% vol., Oak, light tannins, vanilla, fresh ginger, white pepper and some orange blossom.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, ginger, vanilla, oak and dark, unsweetened cocoa.

  10. irrerelevant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    cool stuff, actually my first rye, very decent for the money, quite rye-ish for only 51% rye in the mashbill
    • Nose
      phenolic, resinous, dry, 

      spicy/savoury, menthol, 

      a lot of oak, cereals, robust,

      muscovado sugar, moss

      herbal, fir/spruce/pine, wet leather

    • Taste
      very dry, spicy, but no trace of alcohol, sappy,

      has some nice spicy rawness to it, 

      pepper, sweet dark caramel, 

      brown butter, popcorn, slightly bitter, 

      overbrewed herbal tea
    • Finish
      burnt popcorn, resin, dry oak, menthol, old leather


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