Pikesville 06-year-old

Overall rating
86.28/100
votes
225
Whiskybase ID
WB78205
Category
Rye
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Straight Rye Whiskey
Stated Age
06 years old
Casktype
Charred American Oak Barrels
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
110 Proof
Barcode
096749000814
Market
United States United States
Added on
12 feb 2016 7:29 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 90.26

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Whisky reviews for Pikesville 06-year-old

47 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.28 points.

  1. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think this is a tasteful rye whiskey that finds a proper balance between the rye spices and the bourbon sweetness. Moreover, it adds some surprising notes, which makes it fun to drink.
    • Nose
      The first thing that I notice is that it is not that spicy, for a rye, more towards some spicy honey. Furthermore, I get peppered caramel and really nice curry spices, the latter reminds me of some bottlings of Indian whiskey like from Amrut. There is also a hint of mint, which I adore in a rye whiskey, and dragon. Strangely I get a sense of babi pangang, a well-known Chinese/Indonesian take-off meal in the Netherlands. The freshness is highlighted in the development with some grapefruit, lemon, and a (very) faint hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      On the palate I tastes very earthy, again not that common among rye whiskies, and more spices compared to the nose, still not overly spiced though. A hint of a slightly spicy tea and pine apples (agains surprising). It become slightly tannic and peppery (hot red peppers). Also slightly dry, but there is a lovely hint of strawberry ice cream.
    • Finish
      More of the above.

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  3. EricLeeee scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Thick enough
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet corn, herbal acid, red currant, cheese sticks, sandalwood, tobacco
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full-bodied sweet vanilla, dry herbs, warm spices, cloves
    • Finish
      86 86
      Med-long; quite dry in the mouth, camphor, menthol, vanilla, cream, a touch of wood smoke

  4. Ashita scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Rich rye style, full of caramel! like it very much
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. wncvirus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet notes: honey, rye, caramel, light apricots
    Taste: Distinct notes of corn on the tongue, light spicy, a little bit of a low complexity, light bitterness
    Rating: 85 | 100 - A finish that is warming up and slightly spicy. An interesting alternative to Scottish malts.

  6. Nosingbär scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good stuff. Not particularly complex, but the flavors that are there sway nicely in the mouth and the generous percentages make it bold and lively on the palate. Earned 86/100.
    • Nose
      very very spicy. sweet, fresh. Soft, melting toffee. Sandalwood. Very typical of Rye. Slightly minty. Gradually add water and from about 1.5 teaspoons it finally opens, the obtrusive alcohol note goes down. It comes now caramel and sweet, preserved fruit.
    • Taste
      sweet, spicy. Lots of sandalwood, lots of vanilla. Strong arrival and development. full-bodied.
    • Finish
      Slightly oily, spicy, lots of oak. Toffee. Creamy. A little sage indeed, this rye has herbal notes.

  7. leeho scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Except for the vinegar in the scent, it's all quite pleasant. If you like wood this is a good choice.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Vinegar and woody, sweet, white pepper, spices, mint.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Spicy, sharp to bitter, but quite drinkable. Pastries, cloves, bitter almonds and carrots.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dry, long and distinctly spicy with sweet undertones and lots of wood.

  9. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Sweet but nuanced in the nose, punchy and flavourful midsection with tempered spice that never gets out of control and the end has a bit of everything.

    I think I'm happy to set this as my baseline for good rye.
    • Nose
      78 78
      cloves, chocolate cherry, vanilla Butterscotch, mild herbal, muted orange oil and licorice
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweet black tea, impactful but quickly fading Rye spice hit black and white pepper, some chocolate and sweet coffee
    • Finish
      77 77
      juicy fruit, camphor, oak spice, coffee grounds.

  10. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 10-17-2021.Thought it was a bourbon.

  11. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Pikesville Straight Rye 6 year old 110 proof.

    Dark matte orange.

    Aroma is spiritous, spicy and waxy, some green pineapple, maybe dragonfruit, vanilla. Given time it becomes almost savoury like a cinnamon and tomato dish. It takes a long time to open up but when it does it's fairly pleasant, although I’m not sure about that tomato vibe.

    Taste is huge and waxy, vegetal notes like spinach leaves, some burnt notes. The spirit seems quite "green"/vegetal but those vibes are slightly hidden behind burnt fruit cake and dark rye bread. There are some impressions of sweetness and richness from the oak. A spicy and woody finish, lingering dish water.

    I drank samples from the same bottle on two occasions, once at a barbecue and again in my usual whiskey drinking setting. Drinking this after the barbecue food was just grim. I much preferred it the second time, although I still wasn’t sure. A whiskey really shouldn’t be this vegetal. I really enjoy Rittenhouse, and I was expecting this to be a step up given that it’s also made at Heaven Hill. A bit disappointing. 3.275/78

  12. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a wonderful rye. The oak is strong and that takes a little of the rye sting away, but you're not going to blind taste this and mistake this for anything but a rye. A bit of cinnamon and bready-ness, and a long spicy rye finish (the oak is gone by the time you get to the finish).

  14. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 78 points Shoplink Moderator

    Blind tasting of three rye samples: Pikesville 6yo Straight, Pikesville Supreme (ID 24924) and Dad's Hat (ID 65327). This one was by far the best, but still I wasn't particularly interested. In other words, I definitely didn't become a rye fan.
    • Nose
      Furniture polish, fresh wood, dirt road, spices and fruit caramel.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Bitter almonds, alcohol, grapefruit peel and blackthorn.
    • Finish
      Mint and yellow grapefruit. Over time, beeswax, acidity and yeast.

  15. olegborgol scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    interesting rye, in blind tasting the aroma at first reminded Highland (for example Teaninich), taste is pleasant, spicy, finish of average duration 21,5-21-21,5-21

  16. Teresa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: rye brings a familiar dryness, pepper, dried ginger and other spices, dried fruit, cinnamon pie, apple tart, butter shortbread, rosemary, old wood and milk chocolate. 87/100
    Taste: relatively sour, not very sweet, slightly woody and bitter. Berries, dried ginger, brown sugar water, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and other wood flavors, toasted nuts, roasted coffee beans and soot. 88/100
    Body: medium body, medium oily, astringent, slightly irritating 87/100
    Ending rhyme: long, obvious sweetness, dry spices, almonds, butter, tangerine peel 87/100
    Overall: 87/100, the flavor concentration is not low, but very restrained and not lively. Keywords: spicy, dry wood, black cocoa

  18. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Balanced between spicy and sweet (caramel, brown sugar covered with spiciness)
    • Taste
      88 88
      Coating of spicy/sweet brown sugar with a little bit of tart cherry
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy, a lot of pleasant oak

  19. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 55%
    Aroma: Surprisingly dense, leathery, at the same time sweetly spicy (cinnamon, star anise, cloves, new spices). Juicy dark fruitiness. (87 b)
    Taste: Fired barrels are well known. The slight sweetness turns into a spicy pungent spiciness. (87 b)
    Points: 87
    Summary: It deviates from the rye category, it is a darker color and style of smell and taste, 55% know it and it certainly benefits it, or it suits me. Of the series of tasted rye, I was most interested in it.

  20. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is sweet and easy drinking, very approachable for a rye. Light spice and honey, short finish
    • Nose
      86 86
      Brown sugar, herbs, rye spice,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, honey, light light spice, floral, effervescent, cinnamon
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honey, toasted bread, white pepper, baking spice

  21. krupoder scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: varnish, cherry, perfume, dried plum, bread, spices.
    Mouth: full-bodied taste, aromas of bread, woody fruit resin, spices, tannin tea fortress, pepper, strong, pleasant.
    Aftertaste: medium, dry, bread, fruity.
    Bottom line: well tailored 86

  22. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. IIIZIII scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2018.11.19
    • Nose
      The nose is somehow very tamed compared to other ryes. Subtle spice and a very subdued cherry sourness. Bready
    • Taste
      Beautiful cherry, the best from this genre of sour bourbons. Very drying and oaky

  24. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 78 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 801: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu9oZhxmX9E (91/100).

  25. butt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. dram_on scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I let this sit for a bit before the review ... from newly opened bottle, so here goes! I can see the makings a B+ for me, but this bottle needs to breathe a bit and I will revisit in a month or two.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Cinammon bread, butter cream, brown sugar
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spicy kick, slightly burnt toast, black tea, char, maple syrup, a hint of sulfur
    • Finish
      85 85
      Salty hay, dark chocolate, briney, dry

  27. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Pikesville already has beautiful rye notes. The wood influence is relatively strong. In the nose, the whiskey is still relatively gentle. He then gets stronger in the mouth.
    The Pikesville already has some rye but also a lot of bourbon. Reminds me of Noah's Mill. However, I found Noah's Mill even better.

  28. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One of the really good Ryes. For some, too much wood and too little rye, but it is noticeably no bourbon. Intense but still tasty.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, light fruit, vanilla, wood, spices. Looks more like a mature bourbon than a rye. As probably 51% rather than 95% rye will be included. But that's ok. In the background flashes also the bready Rye seasoning. Far from mild and soft Bourbon.
    • Taste
      Nice start, pepper, rye, spices, wood. Significantly less sweet, the wood and the rye wort has say that. And very intense aromatic.
    • Finish
      Here is the rye most clearly. A touch of mint, a lot of oak, which ironed the more delicate Rye notes a bit. But the Rye is overall so delicious, spicy and compact that it all goes okay.

  29. waal scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    A benevolent scent slowly creeps into the nose. Hefezopf, vanilla and Tonka bean. Cocoa, shortcrust pastry with icing sugar and oak. The minty, somewhat cool and minimal alcoholic impression is present, but very pleasant to perceive. Of course, together with the dark chocolate the Rye reminds of the smell of "After Eight".
    Even some fruit in the form of pear and raspberry is noticeable. The Rye but you have to look for it to find something. Blind, I would probably even tap on a bourbon.
    89/100

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    The whiskey is so cute! Unbelievable, this sweet impression ... Supple, the Rye can be in the mouth back and forth. A wonderful digestif. The 55% Vol. Are present, so it also tingles something in the mouth, but no reason to add water. Also purely for the tasting and notes, I had no need to dilute the Rye. I feel it the way it is perfect.
    More small sips reveal juicy orange, vanilla and some clove. Also in the taste of the Rye is almost too little available. For me it might be a tick more, but there are other good bottles.
    88/100

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    The taste is flowing into the medium-long finish. The Rye gets a bit bitter and the notes of the oak become stronger. It also joins freshly beaten wood and a little walnut. The Nachschmecken becomes clearly herbaceous and resinous.
    Always accompanied by the clear sweetness.

    Overall impression / comment:
    An insanely tasty bourbon ääääh Rye. Very, very pleasant to drink with excellent, albeit simple, taste, which certainly does not overwhelm anyone. This Rye you drink in a social gathering without having to concentrate on it, while playing poker, cheering on your favorite football team or in a classic way - on the wooden terrace at sunset in cowboy boots, and watching the mustangs out in the paddock. ????

    Points:
    88/100 (rather more)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. SilvanoS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      What a big surprise! Very expressive nose: black tea, cherries, cinnamon, cocoa, earth, cloves and menthol.
    • Taste
      Close to the nose: menthol, cherries, suggared black tea and cloves.
    • Finish
      Long to very long. No bitter and off-notes at all. Creamy fruity and spicy at the same time.

  31. DrBardamu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Well armed with utterly oak-y and spicy notes, whiff of menthol derived from the strength with crushed dried leaf earthy aroma, well balance with cherry liquorice candy, toffee and butterscotch. Masculine puffy spices.

    P- All wood initially, bites of frizzy tonic water with coats of bitter-sweet herbs. Spicy strength to balanced the oak/sweet elements for a decent powerful mouthfeel. Get more brown caramel and liquorice overtimes.

    F- Medium, chili spicy, pungent and dry, returns of puffy wood phenol for a lightly smoky and peppery finish.

    Not as fruity charms and width-y comparing to Whistlepig that we tried last year, louder on the charred wood smokes with spices and spicy strength.

    — at The Whiskey Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF2017 - August 2017

    to keep it simple: kick ass rye!

    reevaluation 2021: now with some notes!
    • Nose
      87 87
      rye bread, chocolate, green herbs, vanilla, orange peel
    • Taste
      84 84
      powdered sugar, orange peel, black spices, some tea leaves.
    • Finish
      85 85
      long spicy, with rye bread and white chocolate

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very much worth your while. A bottle will cost between 80 and 100 EUR, depending on where you look. In the States, it is just below 60 bucks, but hey, I do not come there very often. Pity, for this is really good. Thanks for the sample, Peter.
    • Nose
      Hello?! What a beautiful nose on freshly ground coffee beans, milk foam, charcoal, flambéed pancakes with banana and a hint of mint. Milk chocolate. Brown sugar. A cinnamon bun. A bit of caramelized orange peel in the background. This is very nice.
    • Taste
      Oily, spice and sweet on the palate. After a few moments that spiciness becomes really big and leaves your mouth completely dry. The oak roars! Think cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. The sweetness translates into caramel, vanilla, dried coconut and some honey. This is again very pleasant, although it does not quite fulfill the promise of the nose.
    • Finish
      That spiciness continues on in the long finish.

  35. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    initially very very soapy on the nose, but give it time and darker notes emerge, overall it’s like a spicy version of elijah craig 12

  36. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very good drink and interesting to know there is more than single malt alone but I don't live in Kentucky and have to pay in euro's instead of dollars what doubles the price. (P & P)
    • Nose
      Oak, vanilla, brown Sugar, more wood
    • Taste
      Good mouthfilling, bit oily-creamy on the side; loads of cherries in the back and the heat of pepper and cinnamon comes to the front a bit later. A few drops of water makes more wood coming out the glass in the nose but for the taste I prefer it without water because it took the bit sour sharpness of the cherries away what I liked before.
    • Finish
      Not a very long finish, not a lot to chew but the heat stays for a while.

  38. Titi94 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Some dusty spice, a touch of Norwegian hand cream and cocoa at first with sweet liquorice, Curaçao, vanilla custard and crème caramel developing.Palate: Fruity, then wonderfully spicy rye. Sweet liquorice again (specifically the coconutty/nougat-y pink Liquorice Allsorts that have a black bit in the middle), plenty of oak and then clove drops on the tail.Finish: Vanilla with cinnamon and apricot Danish.

  39. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What about this dram ... except that it's an excellent Rye. It will perhaps not appeal to Scottish officials but it is a beautiful discovery that calls others. A beautiful dress, a nice nose, a powerful mouth and a nice finish.
    • Nose
      At the opening we can capture some floral notes that fly quickly to give way to a nose "Bourbonesque" :). We peeled mixed exotic fruits, mango, flambé banana without forgetting the inevitable vanilla. Pleasure to rum lovers.
    • Taste
      A mouth that rises crescendo in its power with the dry and alcoholic side of the rye that is felt. There are flowers, sunflower seeds, candied fruit and then at the end of the mouth cherry stones and vanilla cream.
    • Finish
      A medium finish on candied fruit and vanilla.

  40. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Says ‘at least six years old’ on the label. Lots of virgin oak of course and more bourbon notes than whiskey. Sweet and spicy
    T: Easy to drink, sweet and oaky. A little soft fresh, not quite medicinal/cough sweets but more on liquorice before the vanilla. Actually quite some darkness to that sweet. Add water for best results. Waxy, plastic mouthfeel.
    F: Stays true to the palate.
    C: Rather good all rounder if a little ‘engineered’. Really it’s a decent everyday drinker but since the accolades the bar price shot up. Now its a premium £22 double shot on ice or £230 at auction! [2016]

    Scores a B[-]

    Further reading: WF70 WN86

  42. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good rye, with a balanced nose and then much more spicy oomph and oak on the palate.

    http://www.whiskeynotes.be/2016/usa-bourbon/pikesville-straight-rye/
    • Nose
      Quite round and integrated. Brown sugar, mint and sweet cocoa. Coffee beans. Bananas flambéed and plenty of caramelized sugar. The rye brings some dusty spices to the table, mainly cinnamon. There’s also an oaky touch but overall this is not the roughest of all ryes, it keeps the middle between a regular rye and a bourbon.
    • Taste
      Drier and spicier now. Sweet coffee again, and plenty of baking spices. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. A little vanilla and honey, but on a lower level. Sweet liquorice. Hints of dried coconut. Overall quite oaky. A slightly fragrant / waxy touch as well.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, with pepper and vanilla.

  44. p4blo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant although slightly boring dram. Good alternative to bourbons.
    • Nose
      Nice balance between sweet notes of the grain, rose petals, oak shavings, white sugar, vanilla spices.
    • Taste
      Spicy, ginger and chilli hit first, then the sugary sweetness takes over, there is some vanilla too and a gentle fruity side. Quite onedimensional, though.
    • Finish
      Rose petals, sweet sugar and fruity bubblegum. Long and mouthwatering.

  45. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    86/87. A very nice rye. I wouldn't be able to tell it apart from a good bourbon.
    • Nose
      First a whiff of glue. Then pine needles and red fruit like cranberry. Later it shifts towards vanilla, banana and caramel. Water makes it more creamy.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, pepper, cranberry, oak and glue.
    • Finish
      Oak, raspberry, spice and banana.

  48. Georges scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  49. Georges scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oaky, vanilla, coffee, milk, coconut, earthy
    • Taste
      Oaky, vanilla, liquorice, spicy (cinnamon, ginger)
    • Finish
      Medium long, oaky, spicy

  50. brick666 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray about this whiskey in the whiskeybible 2016: "one of the aromas of the year... after that nose, the delivery
    just had to be majestic. And it is... those wonderful, bustling, fizzing
    spices... the best from Heaven Hill for some time"

  51. wbarchive_945279 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Second Finest Whiskey in the World in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2016

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