Pikesville 6 Year Old Rye Whiskey 750ml -10%
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A fantastic rye whiskey produced in Kentucky, the Pikesville brand dates back to 1895 in Maryland. This Pikesville 6-Year-Old 110 proof was released in 2015, receiving a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, an “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and was named the Second Finest Whisky in the World in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 as well as the World’s Best Rye Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards 2016 – Heaven Hill also won Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whisky 2016!
Pikesville 6 Year Old holds the title as the last standing Maryland rye brand. Originally produced in Maryland by L. Winand & Brothers Distillery starting in 1895. The band went through several changes of ownership and was last produced in Maryland in 1972 by the Majestic Distilling Corporation. After Majestic Distilling closed, there were still enough whiskey stocks available to keep the brand going until 1982. When it was sold to Heaven Hill.
A nice mix of sweet and spicy. Cherry syrup, rye spice, red licorice, and cinnamon apple float up from the glass. There’s a hint of ethanol present that reminds me this is 110 proof, however, it doesn’t distract from the experience. Instead, all of the flavors co-mingle nicely and produce a very satisfying nose.
Cherry is the name of the game with this palate. Cherry cola is immediately present along with the cherry syrup from the nose. Layered beneath are hints of rye spice, vanilla, and summer fruits. This is a rye that’s easy to sip due to its sweeter flavor profile and due to the fact that it tends to drink at a lower proof than it actually is. It’s not the most complex rye out there, but it has a really enjoyable palate that had me going back for more and more.
Rye spice, vanilla, and cherry are immediately noticeable. Upfront the finish contains a nice amount of heat that slowly expands and creeps its way down my throat. As the finish lingers on, a subtle amount of oak makes its way forward along with that familiar cherry syrup taste that’s present in the nose and palate. While not very complex, it provides a nice pleasant endcap.