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Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby enzo » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:29 pm

So, I had a hell of a time getting a hold of a bottle of the BIB 100 proof Rye.

I decided to crack it open today and give it a try.

And all I can say is yuck! This stuff has on overwhelming bitterness and pine/juniper flavor.

Has anyone else noticed this? Or do you think I just got a bad bottle?

I've tried the regular 80 proof Rye, and it was fantastic. Especially in comparison to the bib 100.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby cowdery » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:48 pm

"Bad bottles" are so rare as to be practically a myth. So that's unlikely.

If you like the 80 proof Rittenshouse, dilute the BIB and see if that changes your opinion.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby enzo » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:33 pm

Yeah.. I tried diluting it... cuts some of the bitterness, but still has a very acrid, juniper flavor. Doesn't resemble the normal Rittenhouse 80 at all.

Strange...
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby mozilla » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:09 pm

Hold on to the bottle and when we get together...I will bring my bottle for you to compare with. If you still don't like it...I will give it a good home.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby enzo » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:24 am

mozilla wrote:Hold on to the bottle and when we get together...I will bring my bottle for you to compare with. If you still don't like it...I will give it a good home.


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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby cowdery » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:53 am

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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby p_elliott » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:43 am

I had a sample of the RITT 21 and I thought it was bitter as well, not undrinkable just a bitter finish.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby enzo » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:13 am

Hmm... I have a bottle of the 21... It's not at all bitter... I guess they vary quite a bit.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby sailor22 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:30 am

The only bottle of Rit BiB that I ever bought was just as Enzo described. Several friends tried it and all agreed it was closer to pine sol that a drinkable whiskey.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby sailor22 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:37 am

Distilled by DSP 354 and bottled by Continental, Bardstown.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby sailor22 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:50 am

I'll send you some of mine - there is still plenty left in the bottle. Let me know what you think.

meanwhile - give Pikesville a try. I just got a bottle and thought it was delicious with an endless lingering tasty finish. It's surprising that 80 proof can carry so much flavor. A bargain too.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby PaulO » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:40 am

I have had several different bottles of Rittenhouse BIB. The first time I found it was in TN. Later I discovered it occasionally in IN. I can't recall any DSP numbers, but they all tasted the same. As Jeff described, sort of a softer WT rye. It also reminds me a bit of Grandad 114. I have never seen Pikesville in a store.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby enzo » Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:05 pm

Jeff, I've still got that bottle of Ritt BIB... still tastes like Pinesol... I've also got a handle of Weller 12yr that, to me, has a garlic taste to it.

Maybe I have an overly sensitive olfactory... but I can't drink any of these whiskies... I'd be interested in getting your impression on these sometime.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby cowdery » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:45 pm

So far as I know, all of Heaven Hill's rye whiskey is still made by Brown-Forman under contract to HH. That whiskey is strictly made for HH and isn't sold by BF to anyone else. Yes, the Rittenhouse and the Pikesville are the same juice.

The whiskey in the Rittenhouse 21-to-25 year old is rye whiskey made by Heaven Hill at DSP-31.
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Re: Rittenhouse BIB 100 Rye

Unread postby BostonEnthusiast » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:06 pm

Enzo-- I also have a "Pine-Sol" bottle of the Rittenhouse BIB (it's not just you!) Too bad, because I'm really fond of the bottle I had from a couple years prior.

I've been using it in cocktails with reasonable success.
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