Aged for 4 years like the milder version, Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof is surely one famous rye whiskey worth a review. It’s actually my first great rye whiskey experience.
“Produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or
Monongahela rye whiskeys”
Rittenhouse 100 Proof Straight Rye, also known as Rittenhouse BIB (Bottled in Bond), comes from the birthplace of American Rye Whiskey. At least most of the rye whiskies came from Pennsylvania and Maryland area, before Prohibition.
Monongahela style rye whiskies are known to be spicy and fruity. And they used to have a high rye mash bill, consisting of 80-100% rye grain. Rittenhouse brand comes from Continental Distilling Co. (Pennsylvania) but it was bought by Heaven Hill Distilleries in the early eighties.
So even though the brand is from Monongahela area, the mash bill is nowadays different, coming from Kentucky. It is a low rye mash bill (51%) which is typical for modern day Kentucky rye whiskey.
With this Rittenhouse 100 Proof, I could sing “How sweet it is to be loved by you” all day long. Sweet rye and fruits are the keywords here. Rittenhouse 100 Proof BIB is like the 1968 movie How Sweet It Its! with “old school” guy James Garner. Even though the movie is nothing special, Rittenhouse 100 proof rye is.
Don’t add too much water, even though this has 50% ABV level. Water will soften this too much, only a few drops/spoonful will be enough (if you ask me).
Whisky Bible’s Jim Murray gave 83 points and Ralfy scores 87, so not bad for the price.