Lock Stock & Barrel Vatted Straight Rye
Rye — Multiple Countries
Reviewed July 29, 2022 (edited October 26, 2022)
This is a blend composed of straight rye whiskies from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Alberta aged between 4-18 years that was then bottled at 50%. The nose starts with a rich butterscotch pudding, sautéed apples and moderate spearmint then freshly baked pumpernickel bread with whipped honey butter followed by poached pears, lemongrass and orange blossom that transitions to black pepper, pine needles, light leather and burning hickory wood with high ethanol burn. The taste is a medium mouthfeel starting with butterscotch pudding, sautéed apples and moderate spearmint before a moderate spice that slowly fades to freshly baked pumpernickel bread with whipped honey butter and river-stones followed by caramelized pears, sour lemon candy and orange zest that transitions to black pepper, pine needles, leather and burning hickory with high ethanol burn. The finish is medium length with sautéed apples, sour lemon, spearmint, pumpernickel bread, leather and polished mahogany. This is a really tasty rye that has a rich sweetness with a mix of creamy citrus, baked bread, light florals and earthy rye that the flavors are fairly bold, but suffers from a mild sourness along with moderate spice and drinks much hotter than 50%. These appear to be selling for around $80 which I think is a fair price for a quality rye. A huge thanks to @ctbeck11 for the generous sample.