Review #212 – Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey
Whiskey Network Review #212 | /r/Bourbon Review #121: Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey, 100pf
A NAS blend of different straight rye whiskeys but with no information on their distillers. Goes for a cool $26 here in Wisconsin so I figured why not.
Nose: Clove and lots of cinnamon. Rainy vanilla, gingerbread and a good deal of metallic rye spice. There’s some dusty leather. Overall, this is not a sweet rye. There is also virtually no “mintyness” to speak of.
Taste: Mildly fruity, lots of clove and a great deal of heavy rye spice. Oddly astringent and what little sweetness appeared in the nose is completely gone. Becomes bitter.
Finish: Medium and mildly hot but not unreasonably so. Very spicy with a good deal of astringency.
Overall: Honestly, I started liking this bottle but over time it really failed to appeal to me. It doesn’t do anything in my opinion that Ritt Rye can’t do and while it’s good for the price, I don’t really see myself rushing to buy another bottle soon. There’s Ritt rye on my shelf for cheap rye nights and SAOS/HW Rendezvous rye on my shelf for nice sipping rye. To me, this rye doesn’t sit in a category that really needs to belong. That being said, it’s under $30 and there’s really no risk in giving it a shot if you’re curious. I’m not disappointed or lamenting over the fact that I bought a bottle. For all of those reasons, I’m giving this dram a 5 – it’s perfectly fine. Not amazing but also not awful. For a $25-$30 rye, it could be doing far, far worse.
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