We’ve pulled a few strings and made a large purchase in order to bring you a whiskey that’s been hard to come by the last couple of years – Rittenhouse 100, one of our favorite rye whiskies and one of a number of labels that has become rare in these days of the rye whiskey revival. Knowing the current release would soon sell out, we bought a quantity to last awhile and also to be able to offer it as Whiskey of the Month. Rittenhouse 100 also makes us swoon because in spite of the spike in demand for rye whiskies of all types, they have kept their pricing steady over the last few releases, opting to make their money as they always have without gouging their new found fans. We’ve been long time fans, so we’re excited to be able to share this with you. As hard as it is to come by, it remains one of the best values in whiskey today because it is exceptionally good, and reasonably priced. If by chance you find a bottle for sale somewhere, we’d advise you snap it up.
Rye whiskey of course is the most storied of American spirits, made since colonial times and playing a key role in the inspiration of the whiskey rebellion. A great rye is a trip though time in your glass and Rittenhouse 100 delivers. It is produced at Heaven Hill in Bardstown, KY in the tradition of the storied Pennsylvania “Monongahela” whiskies of yore. It’s a mouthful, starting with a toasty nose of toffee, cocoa, and oolong tea, and a thick, rich texture on the palate with just a touch of sweetness, dried fruit, and mocha and laurel on the finish, with a touch of mineral leaving a metallic note. It’s complex stuff, worthy of a good ponder, and the sort of stuff that built this country. Cheers.
It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.
Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of monthly dinners for Master Tasters only.