Pikesville Rye


Pikesville is one of those just barley meeting the requirements to be a straight rye (Mashbill is  only 51% Rye). Done in the Maryland style, although produced entirely in Kentucky now. This is the older higher proofed sibling of Rittenhouse.

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

55% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years

Mashbill: 51% rye, 37% corn, 12% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Yes



Color: Rich Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fruity, with a nice rye spice. Cinnamon, clove, and baking spices.

Taste: The rye picks up on the palate, with a nice full bodied feel. Cinnamon, clove, tobacco, and leather. Vanilla is in abundance.

Finish: Closely matches the taste, making for a pretty straight forward drink. Good length and warmth with Vanilla, cinnamon, and leather.

Thoughts: Straightforward and delicious. I really enjoy Pikesville, but at $50 it’s something that I want to always have on hand, but feel it’s slightly overpriced. It avoids the dill notes I dislike in many of the MGP.


Score: 88 out of 100

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