Vintage Rye 23 - Any thoughts
First post on the Spirits board, but I follow the board regularly. I've learned a lot just reading the posts and its added a lot to my alcohol enjoyment. So ..... Thanks.
I just got word I will be receiving a bottle of Vintage Rye 23. The board (and whole Internet) is a bit sparse on any info on this Rye. Any insight is appreciated. I will post my thoughts once I've had a chance to drink it.
Lucky you. It's great stuff and no longer in production, I believe.
Vintage Rye is made by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. Despite its name, KBD does not distill (they do now operate a distillery but have yet to release anything from it). They buy whiskey from other distilleries and bottle it under their own labels, such as the "Vintage" series. That means that we don't know what distillery (or distilleries) made the whiskey in the bottle, except that it's from Kentucky as the bottle specifies Kentucky.
It's especially special now given the dearth of aged rye whiskeys on the market.
Opened the bottle tonight. So far so good. Initial nose sweeter than I expected, brown sugar? First taste, very spicy with a bit of alcohol heat, characteristic rye finish (does wheat thins make sense). Added a bit of water to smooth out and I am enjoying it quite a bit, oak and background peppery spice. All in all thumbs up. Not an everyday drink, but something to dole out slowly.