Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Pennsylvania, USA
Reviewed February 10, 2021
Don't sleep on the Dad's Hat Bottled-in-Bond. They are a local (to me) Pennsylvania rye whiskey and they've stepped up their game. The BiB is a 5-year product now, and it is tasty. The last time I tried this, it was only 4 years old. The extra year has added balance, smoothness, and mouthfeel while still retaining the distinct Pennsylvania (Monongahela) Rye character they are known for. The slight dilution cuts through a bit of the (nearly) overwhelming grass, pepper, and spice character of some of the fullproof single barrel releases to create a syrupy mouthful on a smooth brown-sugar syrup flavor base (if you've ever made simple syrup with light brown sugar, you'll know what I mean) with a punch of grass, pepper, and allspice. There is a faint earthiness. It reminds me SLIGHTLY of high quality rum with hints of almond, caramel, and dried apple. The only thing I want from this is a bit more fruit or floral to round it out, but it's hard to complain. There is simply NO BURN. I'll admit that it's a bit pricey for the quality at $56 compared to other products on the market from larger producers but maybe by only about $10-$15, which isn't a big deal I'm the long run to support a craft Distillery. I thought about adding a Luxardo cherry to my glass to see how it would round it out... But by the time I finished this review, my glass (with a top off) was long gone. C'est la vie. Next time, I will try it with orgeat syrup. I'll let you know how it goes
55.0 USD per Bottle
@ctbeck11 definitely agree. The Pennsylvania rye has such a great spice backbone that doesn't get lost in cocktails
@BeerNinjaEsq I bet the bonded makes a mean Old Fashioned. New Riff, WhistlePig, and Dad’s Hat are three of my favorites for those and Manhattans.
@ctbeck11 the cask strength is probably a better value
@BeerNinjaEsq I actually have one on my shelf. Couldn’t pass it up. I’ve enjoyed everything from Dad’s Hat that I’ve tasted so far.
@ctbeck11 if you like that profile, the single barrel cask strength offerings are even better! Most are 5 year at least
Really like that monongahela rye profile. Wasn’t aware they have a bonded offering. I’ll be on the lookout for this.