Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond, 50%

Price: $28 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Barely legal at 51% rye, Rittenhouse packs lots of corn, offering a different profile than those higher-rye whiskeys from Indiana. Straight from the glass burst caramel, campfire smoke, and vanilla, with hints of dill weed and Herbs de Provence. Ripe in flavor, it shows slight mint from the rye and a complex voyage of herbs with a touch of chocolate here and walnut shell there. There's a reason bartenders love mixing with this; it's good neat or on the rocks.