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Hudson Manhattan Rye

I followed my tasting of George T Stagg at Reserve 101 with this.  First thing that jumped out was the price.  At $20 a shot it costs the same as the Stagg and about 3 x what a glass of Sazerac Rye (my benchmark for all rye) would cost.  I understand craft distilling makes for a more expensive product... see Garrison Bros bourbon.... and these guys at least try to soften blow a little by selling in 375 ml bottles rather than usual 750ml, but at this price this had better be good!!  The nose had some fruity notes but as I mentioned before there is an issue with glassware at R101 and I could not discern much else.  The taste is quite light, sawdust and a flash of milk chocolate.  It gets a little better with water and some candy and fruit notes come out.  The finish has mint and pepper, but not quite peppermint, and some spices.  Not in anyway offensive, very drinkable in fact but if had my last $20 to spend in Reserve 101 and given a choice of this or Stagg... well there is no choice, I would take the Stagg or three glasses of Sazerac. 

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Rye
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed

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