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Rittenhouse Straight Rye

Overall rating
82.25/100
votes
213
Whiskybase ID
WB63245
Category
Rye
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100 Proof - Bottled-In-Bond
Bottled
2014
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
096749702756
Added on
11 jan 2015 7:10 pm by wbarchive_350097
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 39.72

17 × in wishlist

213 × member ratings

526 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rittenhouse Straight Rye

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.25 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super 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. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for a generous sample.
    Maybe not the most expressive rye, but at 50% it delivers.
    And if you like rye, this is best enjoyed neat.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Brown sugar sweet.
      Spicy on cinnamon and a little ginger.
      Caramel, blood orange, vanilla oak.
      Water opens up the nose a little and brings of all things Crème Brûlée with the strawberry and mint leaf topping.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and spicy.
      Mix of cooked fruits.
      Distinctively rye, which some bourbon drinkers don't seem to like, but I find it tastier than a "plain" bourbon.
      Whatever positives the water brought to the nose is turned into negatives on the taste. It takes the "edge" off and it loses most of the excitement.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Ginger kicking up a notch in a + medium length finish.
      Some lightly bitter coffee with vanilla sweetness.
      Water reduces everything except the bitterness.

  3. Kraddell scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Pours clear, darker amber. Scent is medium intense, vanilla, smooth (hides the ABV a lot) . Taste is a bit burning, ABV shows far more here. Sweet, with a fraicheur aspect (someone called mint, which I don't get myself, but that's probably the same feature as what I refer to as 'fraicheur') Woody, mild vanilla. Chewy oak. Mild spicyness from the rye, but not at all very characteristic. Caramel. Aroma's and other features aren't 'worth' the high ABV in this one, as alternatives (lower ABV, even) can fetch a more memorable experience.

  4. Minhawali scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    No, this didn't do it for me. No Rye fan here.

  5. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This gray one really didn't suit me, and even considering the price, it doesn't appeal to me.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet, spicy, woody. Furniture polish.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Fruit compote, polish, unnecessarily much wood. Bitterness.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Woody bitterness. Vanilla

  6. Aymeric187 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    What a bang for your buck ! Distinctive flavor I never experienced anywhere before. Due to its affordability it can also be used for cocktails and Longdrinks e.g Old Fashioned
    • Nose
      84 84
      berries, toffee, very spicy
    • Taste
      86 86
      Distinctive dried dill taste paired with Liquorice, vanilla & cocoa. Pretty complex for such an “easy” whiskey. I would estimate the age to be older than 10 years. Interesting
    • Finish
      83 83
      Pleasantly tangy and aromatic but rather short

  7. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  8. karloff scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Rittenhouse house is a very well known brand and decent but it is made for the masses and just lacks a bit more thought.
    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    • Nose
      80 80
      The distinctive rye nose in all it's glory and a bit off a nose tickler to boot.
      Ginger cake, cinnamon, herbs and spices, banana bread and melon skin.
      It smells quite hot as well as if it had been warmed up.
      With a few drops of water there isn't much difference apart from the warmth has now been cooled.
    • Taste
      79 79
      It actually tastes like someone has warmed it up.
      Lots of spice as usual and quite palatable at 50%.
      With a few drops of water it becomes even more spicier and it smothers everything else.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Really spicy finish and quite bitter on the death. With water the bitterness has gone but the spice coats and tingles the mouth for a long time.

  9. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not a massive fan of rye, but this is quite drinkable.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Reminiscent of the dry goods used to make gingerbread with a generous splash of turpentine spirit.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Slight note of spice and silage. Quite doughy.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Fairly long on the finish - hot, yet makes you want more.

  10. Макс scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  11. mandragoru scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Chocolate, rye, coffee, nutty, orange, honey liquorice and orchard fruit
    • Taste
      Rye, honey, liquorice, spicy, cooked fruit, bitter chocolate and a hint of ginger
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, ginger, cereal biscuits, hint of cooked fruit, lemon zest, dark chocolate and ground coffee

  13. WhiskyJoey1211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The spiciness and the sweetness are in tune with the ABV, making it a solid rye whiskey for drinking either neat or making cocktails with. The bottled-in-bond aspect definitely helps to define the whiskey - if it was any younger, it would not have achieved this balance.

  14. MetalWarrior scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Spicy (ginger and cloves), woody, sweet, a tiny wee bit nasty.

  15. Highlander65 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Good whiskey, you can decide to drink it straight to enjoy its sweetness and delicate vanilla or with a little water if you want it more dry and spicy.
    • Nose
      Sweet and graceful scent, with a hint of chewy (marshmallow?). With water it is more alcoholic, spicier, more spicy, more cereal and less sweet
    • Taste
      On the palate it is hot, sweet and spicy, with a very pleasant light vanilla. With water it is drier and much less sweet, the vanilla has disappeared and the cereal has become more pronounced
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet and spicy finish. Despite the 50 degrees the alcohol is not too much

  16. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very successful rye from Heaven Hill. Ideal for a real Old Fashioned Cocktail or pure. Does not reach the level of Pikesville.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Spicy, ginger, vanilla, orange peel and some oak in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The high alcohol content is not dominant, spicy, ginger, vanilla, orange zest and a pepper.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long spicy finish, ginger, vanilla and oak.

  17. 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.

  18. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    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.

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

    Body:
    Medium

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

    Price:
    Quite good, around €35,-

    Presentation:
    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

  22. LukeFive scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Solid rye. Great for Sazerac and Old fashioned

  23. 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%.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

      peanutbutter
    • 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

  26. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    If you have never been introduced to rye whiskeys, then this would be be a perfect first encounter.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I can not give him the 90 points today, which certainly goes hand in hand with a different "level of experience". But it's still my favorite Rye in the budget class.
    • Nose
      I had the Rittenhoues Rye a few years ago, another bottling and was thrilled. There were no notes, but I still remember pronounced pine needles notes. Let's see.

      The spicy pine needle are still in the nose, but also a great, vanilla sweetness as a counterpoint. Over time, the oak flavors with nutmeg and cloves spread, a spicy fruity rye note remains in the background.
    • Taste
      strong onset, pepper, a slightly acidic oak notes, very spicy, a little bit of bitterness and some menthol.
    • Finish
      Menthol turns into a nice toffee sweetness, spices, pepper, grape seeds and tart oak notes.

  28. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Might be a bit aggressive for some but it's got some interesting flavour to it.
    • Nose
      Quite aggressive. Spicy, very woody spice. Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg. Vanilla. Sweet clementines. Canned fruit salad. Butterscotch. Some sultanas. The rum soaked raisins (those of you who pick the raisins out of rum-raisin ice cream know what I'm on about). A bit of musty book shop. 
    • Taste
      Very lively citrus juice at first, oranges, clementines, also some peach. Then a hit of bitter wood and woody spices. 
    • Finish
      Long. Waves of spice, then sweet, then spice, then sweet. When I burp it tastes like fanta. 

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