Heaven Hill Announces New Rye and Early Arrival of 2006 Vintage
Heaven HIll just sent out a mailer with some interesting news.
- A new rye will be arriving on the shelves in September. Pikesville Rye will be aged 6 years and bottled at 110 proof. There has been some ongoing speculation before the official announcement regarding the grain bill. Rumor has it this is the same barely legal grain bill (51% Rye/39% Corn/10% barley) as the Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond (also a HH product) but aged an additional 2 years and bottled with an extra 10 proof points. However, if this is the same grain bill as Rittenhouse then what happened to the BIB designation? Either some criteria was not met or more likely they want to market the Pikesville as a higher end Rye at a higher price point. Whatever the reason I am looking forward to trying this juice. Not only because Smooth Ambler announced just over a week ago that their rye is being temporarily discontinued but also because I love high proof rye. HH has not released any information on MSRP.
- Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2005 has run out. This is also not exactly breaking news as the 2006 vintage has been on the shelves in Charleston, SC for nearly a month. However, I compared the barreling and bottling dates on bottles from both years. It would seem the 2006 vintage is a little over 3 months younger than the 2005 vintage. We already know that HH is releasing this vintage early because they didn't produce enough to keep up with the demand for the 2005 release. Hopefully this juice wasn't rushed and has the same quality as last years release. I think this calls for a head to head review with both vintages and possibly some older releases as well.
- Fathers Day is Sunday. Crap! Better get a bottle of hooch and a card.
For more information check out the Heaven Hill mailer for yourself.
- Mark @ Entry Proof