July 1, 2011

Rye Whiskey.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:17 pm

Over the years, I have enjoyed many blended whiskeys (e.g. Seagram’s, Four Roses, etc.), but I had never gotten around to drinking some genuine “Rye Whiskey,” an American tradition. I recently remedied that by purchasing a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey.

There was never any question about just how I would drink the rye whiskey. I would drink it like it was drunk in the Old West – from a shot glass. Toss it back and slam the glass down on the bar – that’s the ticket. The bottle comes with a cork, not a screw top, so I think for my next drink I’ll pull the cork out with my teeth and tell the imaginary barkeep, “Leave the bottle here.”

The stuff makes me feel like Wild Bill Hickok (except, of course, the part where he’s shot to death).

If you are not a brown whiskey fan, you probably will not care for this 100 proof punch in the face, but I love it.

I’ll be careful to try not to shoot the piano player.


  1. I’ve always liked whiskey but never tried bourbon until this past year. I think it tastes a lot like whiskey but with a better aftertaste. I guess I should break down and try some rye, too.

    Comment by Thomas Pfau — July 1, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Also except for the part that Wild Bill didn’t look like a Jewish dentist named Mel in a cowboy hat.

    Comment by Erica — July 1, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  3. Rye whiskey is a mighty tasty tipple, for those of us who enjoy the Brown Goods.

    I haven’t tried Rittenhouse, but High West makes a fine rys… and Wild Turkey makes a 101-proof version.

    Rye is fine by itself; it also is the main ingredient in the Sazerac cocktail, which I recommend most highly.

    Comment by Elisson — July 1, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  4. “I think for my next drink I’ll pull the cork out with my teeth”

    Down here, after doing the cork-teeth thing, we spit the cork out on the floor. That guarantees that the bottle must be drained…

    Comment by CenTexTim — July 1, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  5. Rye makes a great Manhattan. Wild Turkey rye is fine stuff. There’s also a Sazerac brand rye, which ain’t bad. I think Seagram’s 7, which our ancestors used to consume with gusto, is mostly rye.

    Comment by Cousin Jack — July 1, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

  6. I’m downtown with some Rye. You ought to see the Juju Woman toss one back and slam the shot glass down. She does it better than any(body) woman I’ve ever known.

    Comment by Yabu — July 3, 2011 @ 7:02 am

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  8. *LIKE* definitely LIKE! I love a good rye Manhattan.

    Comment by Mary — July 3, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  9. To each his own ….to borrow verbage from Charlton Heston………..”You will get my Makers Marker Bourbon when you pry it from my cold dead hands”

    Comment by Dudley1 — July 3, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  10. Ok, so I finally bought a bottle (Jim Beam) tonight. Nice. Some interesting notes. Real smooth.

    Comment by Thomas Pfau — July 29, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

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