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25_year_old_Rittenhouse_Very_Rare_Single_Barrel_Rye_whiskeyWhiskey: Rittenhouse Very Rare Single Barrel Rye
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Age: 25 Years Old
Proof: 100
Bottle: Sample sent from the distillery, open for 4 days.
Notes: The sample is actually short of the 25 years since the whiskey was barreled on 11 October 1984 and this was bottled on 7 August 2009.This was bottled un-chill filtered.

Tasted in a Glencairn glass.

Color: Rich Amber Red.

Nose: Fruit with berries and ripe apricot with some floral scents and sweet spices. Just a hint of oak wood and a little caramel. The longer it sits in the glass the more it opens up. Some rich milk chocolate comes after about 30 minutes of letting it breath.

Very good mouth feel with a nice oily texture that is almost chewy and very little heat from the alcohol. A wonderful fruitiness of ripe apples and pears with sweet spice (nutmeg) and oak wood. Caramel is not a dominant flavor in this whiskey with only a hint of vanilla or caramel sweetness in the taste.

Finish: A long lasting finish that starts fruity and spice but begins to dry out with oak wood before becoming spice again with a little anise or liquorice.

Notes: This is a very good sipping whiskey. Pour yourself a glass and take your time. It will change every 15 minutes or so and you will be richer for letting it do so.

One Response to “25 year-old Rittenhouse Very Rare Single Barrel Rye Review by Mike Veach”

  1. Mike Veach

    I received an email from Larry Kass of Heaven Hill. They have made a mistake and the bottle sent me was not a single barrel product, but a mingling of barrels 1, 2 and 3. They are sending me another bottle of single barrel product this week. I wish they would make more mistakes like this – I like getting good 25yo whiskey sent to me!

    Mike Veach


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