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Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof review

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Aged for 4 years like the milder version, Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof is surely one famous rye whiskey worth a review. This Monongahela style Rye from Pennsylvania was actually my first great rye whiskey experience. Rittenhouse brand is owned by Heaven Hill Distilleries.

Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond | Review by WhiskyRant!

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 are, before Prohibition.

HOW SWEET IT IS! Rye straight up and sweet

With Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof (Bottled in Bond), I could sing “How sweet it is to be loved by you” all day long. Sweet rye and fruits are the keywords here.

“Produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or 
Monongahela rye whiskeys”

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.

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Starts with sweet maple syrup. Gets even sweeter, touch of caramel and tropical fruits. Sweet rye.
Taste: Sweet, dark and sugary rye, you could chew on forever. Smooth and crispy operator of mint, caramel and oak.
Finish: Medium length but bit on the light side: oaky, bitter and spicy.
Balance: Good rye whisky in balance. Apart from the light finish. “Bang for the buck” dram! I’ve heard that this Rittenhouse is one of the top preferred ryes by American bartenders for cocktail making.


Distillery: Continental Distilling Co. Region: Pennsylvania, USA Owner: Heaven Hill Distilleries ABV: 50%

Did you know?
That before US Prohibition in 1920-1933, almost every rye whiskey was made in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Many of those distilleries were by the riverside of Monongahela, which streams in Southwestern Pennsylvania and North-Central West Virginia. Information provided to me by Victor. Thanks!
Monongahela Rye Whiskey in Boardwalk Empire | Screenshot

Monongahela rye whiskey in Boardwalk Empire, TV Series by HBO.

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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