When it comes to secrets, well, Parker Beam has a few well-kept family secrets for sure. After all, his family has been crafting Bourbon for a very long time. They know the business of making bourbon. And, to become the first family of Bourbon, you can bet that there have been many secret recipes, a few family traditions and much know-how passed down from generation to generation. Rittenhouse Rye is one of the best kept secrets in rye whiskey. The 40% bottling has just arrived and is a more than respectable addition to the family. Produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or Monongahela rye whiskies, Rittenhouse is now enjoying a renaissance and is a tribute to the classic rye whiskies that were once the preeminent American whiskey style.
Mahogany in colour. Decently slow and viscous, but slightly larger than you’d expect. The nose shows aromas of cashews, a berry marmelade, and perhaps something like cherry-flavoured fruit leather. The palate is intensely sweet upfront, on molasses and macadamia-nut cookies; then come the mellow rye spices overlying the almost candy-like sweetness. Leathery and long; where the alcohol really shows through on the finish.