Category Archives: Heaven Hill

Rittenhouse Straight Rye

Distillery: Rittenhouse
Name: Straight Rye
Region: Kentucky
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £26 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Light, slightly earthy, sweet, tropical fruits
Taste: Thin, smooth, vegetal, spicy
Finish: Medium, spicy, slightly dry, vegetal
Rating: 4/10

Another Rittenhouse Rye, the last one was the 100 Proof, this one just the Straight Rye, lets see how they compare.

Well the nose is very light for a rye with a real earthiness to it. This frees up and opens itself up to be surprisingly tropical but also with a sugary sweetness there too. Not really any spice to it which I usually find in ryes.

Onto the palate and it is very light and thin, not much body to it at all. It is smooth though at first before that spice that was so missing on the nose comes through. The earthy/vegetal edge is present again which stays onto the medium length finish, not in a particularly good way though, tastes a little dirty on the finish.

Not struck on this one to be honest. The nose is unusually tropical which is kind of nice but it’s just missing the rye spice. The vegetal notes just stand out too much for me on the palate and the finish. I’ll stick to the 100 Proof me thinks.

Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof

Distillery: Heaven Hill
Name: Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof (Bottled in Bond)
Region: Kentucky
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 50%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £34 (70cl)
Nose: Rich, rye, caramel, smooth, crisp
Taste: Spicy, smooth, slightly sweet, smoky
Finish: Short, light
Rating: 7/10

So I’ve heard quite a few good things about Rittenhouse Rye and have been after trying it for a while, but then I got a sample of the 100 Proof instead, even better.

The nose starts very rich, obviously very rye, which I love, and also has a caramel smoothness but with a strangely crisp finish. Onto the palate you get a very well-rounded dram with a great mouth feel, very smooth with a slight sweetness and just a little smokiness peaking through towards the end (once aired a little). I was surprised how little alcohol burn there is for it’s strength, I would never guess it’s 50%. The finish is actually quite short and light I felt unfortunately, which is the only thing that lets it down.

I’m no expert on ryes but the ones I have had I also seem to enjoy, this is no exception. I have not been disappointed, it’s a very easy drinking, yet complex and flavoursome rye and worth the money in my eyes.

I would like to thank Tom (@Tom_Blumsom) again for the sample.

Heaven Hill – Mellow Corn

Distillery: Heaven Hill
Name:  Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey
Region: Kentucky
Age: 2
Chill-filtered: N/A
Strength: 50%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £25
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Corn, sweet, light
Taste: Corn, sweet, crisp, alcohol kick
Finish: Warm, long, corn, ending slightly dry
Rating: 4/10
Heaven Hill Mellow Corn

As the first corn whiskey that I have tried, I was not entirely sure what to expect from Mellow Corn. I have tried bourbon and rye so I was assuming something along those lines, what I found was it appears to be a cross between the two. It has a sweetness to it like bourbons, just not has much as the ones I have tried, but with a dryness to the finish like with the rye I have tried, again just to a lesser degree.

I have found that it benefits from being left to aerate for a while, it enhances some of the flavours and reduces the kick you get from the 50% Abv. With the addition of water as well, this whiskey is really opened up. The nose becomes smoother and a little less sweet but remains light, all of which continue across to the palate. The high Abv is still apparent as it still coats the mouth but it also bring out more of the corn flavour as a result. The warm finish remains but the dryness is enhanced and prolonged with the corn notes being more apparent also. Due to the strength I thought I would try it with the addition of more water; now the nose is very subtle corn, the sweetness has almost gone and it is a little bland. The palate holds strong however, just made smoother but still with an alcohol kick towards the end. The finish is not as warm but still long lasting and dry.

Overall I would say it benefits from the addition of some water but not too much. It is not a complex whiskey with corn being the overpowering note across the range; I would like to try other corn whiskies however to compare. It is a very drinkable whiskey and for the money is not a bad purchase, I think I would prefer a rye personally though for a similar amount.