Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
Pikesville Rye is a straight rye whiskey that has been around for more than 120 years. First launched in Maryland in 1895, production of this whiskey was stopped multiple times throughout the year.
It finally made its way to the Heaven Hill distillery in Louisville, Kentucky and was relaunched in 2015. At 51% rye, the Pikesville has the minimum amount of rye to be classified as an American rye whiskey
History of Pikesville Rye Whiskey
The Pikesville Straight Rye dates all the way back to 1895 where it was first produced at the L. Winand and Brothers Distillery in Scott’s Level, Maryland. They named the drink after a neighbouring town, Pikesville, in the Baltimore County.
Like many other distilleries, the L. Winand and Brothers distillery also shut down during the Prohibition in the United States. After the act was abolished, businessman Andrew Merle acquired the Pikesville brand in 1936. Monumental Distiller was contracted for the distillation of the Pikesville Rye shortly after. After a series of more unfortunate events and change of ownerships, sales of the rye started dwindling and the distillation was eventually stopped in 1972.
This made the Pikesville Rye the last-standing brand of Maryland rye. In 1982, the brand was sold to Heaven Hill, and the Pikesville still remains a label of the Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery.
Making Process of Pikesville Rye Whiskey
The Pikesville Straight Rye is made of a rye, corn, and malted barley mash bill. The milled grains are cooked to create the mash which has a porridge-like consistency. The grains are cooked in water from the Kentucky River that has been filtered through limestone. The limestone filtration removes iron and other impurities from the water.
Next, Heaven Hill’s proprietary yeast strain is added to the cooked mash and this yeast naturally converts the sugars into alcohol. The fermented mash gradually creates a thick liquid called the "Distiller's Beer,” which has a low proof.
This spirit is then distilled. It is slowly passed down the column stills through a series of perforated copper plates. Steam from the bottom of the stills converts the liquid into vapours. The alcohol vapours rise to the top of the stills where they're cooled down and condensed into liquid alcohol.
This alcohol is transferred to virgin American white oak barrels for ageing. The Pikesville Straight Rye is aged for six years.
Alcohol Percentage in Pikesville Rye Whiskey
The Pikesville Straight Rye contains 55% ABV (110 US Proof), which is much higher than the standard permissible limit for Kentucky whiskeys.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2019.
Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2019.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2018.
Gold at the Liquid Gold Award in 2016.
Double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2015.
20th February 2019
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey Tasting Notes
Dusty spices with touches of dry cocoa and sweet vanilla.
Dry and long with notes of soft vanilla.
Rich and fruity with layers of spice, vanilla, cloves, and honeyed rye.
More whiskies in the league
The meaning of the word ‘Amrut’ literally translates to ‘the ‘Elixir of life’, is the first single malt whisky to be ever produced in India. Battling prejudices and finally managing to convince the experienced Scottish consumer that Indian malt could be on par with their Scottish counterpart, Amrut Whisky has come a long way.
Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky
Single malt whiskies are the poison of choice for many a whisky lover, and for many years, Indian whisky lovers were devoid of a domestic single malt whisky brand that was delivering a product that could match up with some of the most established whisky brand around the world.
Maqintosh Premium Whisky
One of the first experiments with single malt to have been carried out in India, Amrut Distilleries’ MaQintosh Premium Whisky was birthed from Neelakanta Rao Jagdale’s ambition to produce a quality single malt in India.
After Dark Whisky
After Dark Whisky is a brand of Indian grain whisky distilled and sold under the Radico Khaitan brand name. It is one of the few brands of Indian whisky that is made up of 100% grain whiskies.
Amrut Naarangi Indian Single Malt Whisky
Amrut Naarangi is an Indian single malt released by Amrut Distilleries, makers of the first ever single malt whisky created in the country. The word Naarangi is Hindi for ‘Orange’, and it was chosen to indicate the unique process used to finish this expression.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original was once designated for ambassadors, dignitaries, and Colonel Blanton’s family and friends. Today, everyone has access to the world’s first single barrel bourbon. The taste profile is sweet with citrus and oak. A creamy vanilla nose features hints of nuts, caramel, orange and light chocolate. Blanton’s Original set the standard for single barrel bourbons. Best served neat or on the rocks. 46.5% alcohol by volume.
Mansion House Whisky
From the house of Tilaknagar Industries, Mansion House is a brand of blended Indian whisky. It is a blend of imported Scotch malts, Indian grain and neutral spirits with a slightly higher malt content than usual Indian whiskies.
Caol Ila 12yr Malt Scotch
Caol Ila 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes.
Recommended For You
Cinerator Cinnamon Whiskey
Cinerator Cinnamon Whiskey is the combination of hot and spicy mixed with smooth American whiskey.
Arran Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt
The Arran Amarone is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled at the Arran distillery on the eponymous Isle of Arran. It is bottled at cask strength, and derives its name from the name of the distillery and the type of barrels used to finish the single malt. The Arran Distillery inventory consists a range of unique single malt Scotch whiskies finished in a variety of barrels such as Port, Sauterne, Marsala and more.
Golfer's Shot Barrel Aged Whisky
Golfer’s Short is premium whisky from the house of Alcobrew, launched in 2014, their exclusive offering in the premium liquor segment. We need to be very clear here, Indian premium liquor segment is completely different from global premium segment.
Suntory Hibiki 21 Year Old Blended Whisky
The Hibiki 21 Year Old is a blended whisky from Beam Suntory, the largest Japanese producer of distilled beverages and spirits. Hibiki is a brand of blended Japanese whiskies produced by the company. This expression is one of the most critically and commercially successful Hibiki releases, winning a number of awards and medals over the years.
Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Talisker Distillery is the only functional single malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye, one of largest and northernmost islands of Scotland. It has long been known for having a singularly exclusive style and profile of single malt Scotch whisky from all other distilleries across Scotland. Like Islay single malts are known to be heavily peated, whereas Speyside single malts are known for their pleasant light and floral character, Talisker is known for its balance of spicy and peated single malts. Oh! Talisker whiskies are always bottled at 45.8% ABV, substantially higher than the 40% ABV for other Scotch whiskies.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon
Straight from one carefully hand-selected barrel to your bottle, Knob creek single barrel reserve encounters no detours or distractions. It's just the big, pure flavor that Booker Noe set out to create over two decades ago. Most bourbon is blended together from multiple barrels to create a consistent taste. However, each barrel of single barrel reserve is bottled individually to become one-of-a-kind. Each batch we handpick will have slight variations in taste, color and aroma based on its final age, rack placement and other proprietary methods passed down for eight generations. Best yet, it's bottled at a 120 proof, so it's an even bigger expression of our signature flavor. You’ll find more pronounced flavors and a smokier aroma. And although it packs a high proof, the finish is still smooth and complex. This is best enjoyed for the first time in stages. Pour a finger and sip it neat. Then open it up with a drop of water or a filtered ice cube
Doctor's Special Scotch
Doctors' Special Blended Scotch Whisky was produced by Robert McNish & Co in Glasgow and even had a By Appointment warrant from King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
Tullamore DEW 14 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Tullamore DEW 14 year old is a single malt Irish whiskey, one of the very few Irish single malt whiskey available currently. It is a triple distilled blend of three different types of whiskeys, and matured in a combination of three different Oak barrels.