By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The wonderful Hochstadter Vatted Rye was once an endangered species, but it looks like they've renewed their commitment to this product! This is absolutely fabulous little rye blends exceptional of whiskies sourced from distilleries in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Alberta. They include whiskies from 4 to 15 years old and are bottled at 100 proof without any chill filtration. The result is a unique and delicious confluence of flavors. A big nose of dark cherries, baking spice, old wood and sweet caramel. The palate shows less of the age, instead a bit more baking spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) with the sweetness taking a back seat. This is easily one of the most mixable ryes on the market and priced appropriately. It's recently replaced Rittenhouse as my go to in the house for mixing despite being $10+ more, it's totally worth it!