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Finally got to taste the new Bulleit Rye which should be in stock by this Thursday afternoon.  From what I understand it's LDI rye but this is a bit more spicy and sweet than the Redemption or Willett.  This has the cinnamon and baking spices that the others lack.  A very nice, easy going 95% rye that should help ease the burden that Rittenhouse has been carrying.  This will retail for the same price as Bulleit Bourbon - $21.99.  A very good deal for such a tasty whiskey.

I decided to bring in the Nolet Gin, a $49.99 spirit that charms you immediately on the first sip.  Made with peaches and raspberries, as well as juniper, this is a perfumy and exotic gin that grabs the senses with a vice grip before lulling the taste buds into a stupor.  Very good, made by the Ketel One people who know gin far better than they do vodka.  Get this if you really love high-end gin.

I continue to be impressed by Belvedere.  I decided to bring back the vodka as well as the "intense unfiltered" stuff that has a bit more rye flavor.  These vodkas are soft, creamy, and very sippable.  I am intrigued by the idea of bringing vodka back.  I think there is something about vodka people are missing and I think that Belvedere might be the brand to show them the way.  It's as good if not better than every other high end product out there, so why not?  I might as well start somewhere!

-David Driscoll

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Reader Comments (8)

David - what's "LDI Rye"?

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEthan Prater

Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana - same guys who made the rye in Redemption, Willett, High West Double Rye

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

two new ryes on the market, woohoo! David, any chance SF will have it in stock today?

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFil

Fil - depends on when it gets to RWC. If it gets there before I head up to the SF store today then I will bring it with me. If not, then Friday morning.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

anyone done a head to head btw the redemption, the willet and the bulleit?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Silvers

Last night I did a head to head with Redemption (first batch), Bulleit, and High West Double Rye.

To me, none was worth the price. I did and still do find Redemption undrinkable - a drain pour. Bulleit had similar characteristics - lots of spice and anise, thin texture, no depth - but was at least drinkable (though at that price you're better off getting Rittenhouse BIB or Wild Turkey Rye). High West Double Rye was the best of the three, but not great (you can save a few bucks and get Russell's Reserve Rye, or trade up to High West's Bourye, which is not precisely rye, but is very good and in an entirely different league).

I haven't had or even noticed the Willett. David - how did you let this one pass me by?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEthan Prater

Well if that's how you feel about the others, then the Willett will be the same, so it's probably good that I did!

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