Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey (2020)

Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey, 50%

Nose: Wintergreen, very grassy, lemon peel, lots of clove, vanilla, nutmeg

Palate: Medium mouthfeel, minty, grassy, peaches, lemongrass, touch of dill, more clove and then rye spices

Finish: Medium length, spear mint, black pepper spice, light dill, some oak

Rating: 75/100 – Great | Well above average

Tasty stuff! Drinks closer to an Alberta rye but the MGP seems to thickens up the mouthfeel. There’s a bit of a funkiness to it but it’s hard to say where that’s coming from (the KY and PA ryes are a mystery). I believe they bumped MSRP on this newer release to $60 but it still does very well against other rye options at that price point.

Additional Info: A blend of straight rye whiskeys, aged 4-18 years from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Alberta. All ryes were aged in American oak barrels with a No. 4 char. Total release of 1500 cases.

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