This is our second time reviewing a whiskey from Rabbit Hole. The first one was their sourced bourbon finished in PX casks, which to this day is still my go-to dessert style whiskey.
This time around we are reviewing their rye whiskey.
This was contract distilled which means it's made to their own recipe but in another distillery. This is different than sourced whiskey which is where you simply buy someone else's product.
While this is a 95/5 Rye, it is NOT an MGP product. It's Rabbit Hole's 95% rye 5% malted barley, this was made by New Riff in Kentucky.
(As of late 2017 Rabbit Hole distillery has been creating their own juice, but it may be a while before we get to taste it while it's aging)
While Rabbit Hole as a company is young, they have a lot of veterans of the whiskey game involved.
Head Distiller: Cameron Talley comes from Wild Turkey
Larry Ebersold is from Seagrams (MGP)
Others involved are from Woodford Reserve, Brown/Forman and Jim Beam
This tells me Rabbit Hole intends to be a serious contender in this crowded industry and will do what it takes to stand out from the crowd.
Let's discuss the rye whiskey now.
So I brought this to a whiskey meetup since Johnny Brolic himself stated he wanted to try it.
The bottle was freshly opened right there and it was a descent pour, nobody had complaints.
At the time of this video review, only 3 days had passed but the difference in taste and aroma was night and day!
I'm impressed that it packs this much flavor from such a young whiskey.
Color: Medium/Dark brown
Nose: Rye or pumpernickel bread, malty cereal-like sweetness
Taste: Rye spice followed by sweetness, finishing with more rye. Kind of mouth drying but with a lingering flavor that clings to the palate for a while.
Finish: Long. Drying and enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this one neat and give it a solid 8.5 out of 10.
Since this was Just Mike's first real rye whiskey, watch the video below to see his opinion.
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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