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Well, where can you start with Pikesville 6 year old 110 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey? This fantastic rye whiskey has gained quite a reputation. Released in 2015, it has received great acknowledgments in a short period of time. Pikesville 6YO Rye has received:
- Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge
- “Second Finest Whisky in the World” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016
- “World’s Best Rye Whisky” at the World Whiskies Awards 2016
Pikesville 6YO 110 Proof Rye has been produced in Heaven Hill distillery at Kentucky. Heaven Hill by the way, won “Distiller of the Year” at the Icons of Whisky in 2016. Rittenhouse ryes also come from Heaven Hill and the 100 Proof BIB Rittenhouse is a great bang for buck rye whiskey. Pikesville brand is quite old, dating back to 1895 in Maryland.
Don’t be confused if buying Pikesville rye and running across with another rye whiskey called Pikesville. Pikesville Supreme Rye Whiskey is a different dram, bottled at 80 proof.
Million Dollar Baby
I am a fan of whiskies with heavy rye influence, which Pikesville 6YO is not with only 51% rye. I like the corn influence too, if the palate is full and complex. And Pikesville surely is. This dram is exotic and it has big character. Balancing nicely between smooth corn and heavy rye notes. Rye really comes in the aftertaste, leaving room for other notes on the nose and taste.
“One of the aromas of the year…after that nose, the delivery just had to be majestic. And it is…those wonderful, bustling, fizzing spices…the best from Heaven Hill for some time”
– Jim Murray (97,5 Points)
Usually I’m not on the same page with Mr Murray but with Pikesville, we are exceptionally close to each other.
So far this has been the best rye whiskey, I’ve encountered. Because my rye tasting days have only begun, I’m not going to name this the undisputed champion of rye whiskies. But like a pro, it hits hard with finesse. Being the best contender so far. Pikesville has proven that rye whiskey can be good without a big dominance of the gritty rye grain. Giving rye whiskey some smooth soothing taste, being a Million Dollar Baby.