We are pleased to announce our September Whiskey of the Month is Pikesville Rye, the newest release from Heaven Hill. Originally made in Maryland starting in the 1890’s as part of a thriving rye whiskey industry there, it’s distillery was shuttered during prohibition along with the rest of Maryland’s rye whiskey heritage. It was the only rye whiskey to re-emerge in Maryland post-prohibition, and is now distilled, aged, and bottled by Heaven Hill at the historic Bernheim distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Aged for a minimum of six years in prime warehouse locations and bottled at 110 proof, Pikesville Rye is a mouthful. A beautiful copper color in the glass, the nose is peppery and chocolatey with a light whiff of an oak campfire in summer. One the palate, it is big, honeyed, and rich, yet the high proof and spicebox notes keep it clean and refreshingly dry. On the finish, classic vanilla and tea flavors go on for a long while, making this a great sipper with just a rock or two or a tiny splash of water. It makes a delicious Manhattan as well! Bring your Bourbon Society Passport in for a complimentary pour any time in September!
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 dinners for Master Tasters.