I have before me this afternoon three rye whiskies. I have Sazerac Straght Rye (6 Years Old) at 90 proof; and Delaware Phoenix Distillery Artisanal White Rye Whiskey (Rye Dog at 100 proof), Walton New York. made by the skilled hands of our fellow BE member and esteemed friend, Cheryl Lins; and Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey (92 proof) from Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner, New York. I have had each of these whiskies before and recommend them all.
The Saz is very fruity in aroma and in taste with a rich dose of barrel sweetness. Highly aromatic and really good taste.
DP White has strong aromas of freshly mown clean and sweetish rye grain with hints of mint and anise. Its taste is sweeter than might be expected and is knife edge sharp and clean. The rye, anise and mint (is that apicots playing with and tugging at my tongue?) give this Dog a robust, but again clean, bite. A wonderfully exotic whiskey for which I cannot thank Cheryl enough. It has never touched a barrel and can stand on its own as its own thing.
Hudson Manhattan Rye has less sweetness than Cheryl's Dog, which is a bit of a surprise to me. Although I like it, there is a young whiskey edge that is not altogether welcome. That edge detracts a mite from this whiskey, since it adds nothing.
I don't much like to rate whiskies anymore, nothing to be gained by doing so...........but, that being said, on this day and at this time, I find DP White Dog to be most to my liking because of its somewhat exotic character and its really clean and crisp attack.
Yet again, Cheryl, I salute you!!
P.S. I am going agin my principles, never too strict anywayhow, and having a nother sip of Cheryl's Madness...........reminds me of the time I run down a rhino and rasseled it to the rough. OOOW! Cheryl, when I am KING, you gone be ROYAL DISTILLER.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas