Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye: Review and Tasting NotesEdit Post
Contributed by on Feb 16, 2016
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Let’s hit this. Five facts about Hohchstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey, followed by a review and tasting notes.
- This rye hails from Cooper Spirits Co. – the company that unleashed St. Germain upon the world. It should also be noted that these are the folks behind the eclectic portfolio that includes:
- Lock Stock & Barrel, the well-regarded (sourced Canadian) 13 year old straight rye whiskey
- Slow and Low, the bottled “Rock and Rye” cocktail that clocks in at 84 proof and is made with sourced rye, orange peel, and raw Pennsylvania honey
- Creme Yvette, the super-geeky liqueur from France with a long history of being used in super-geeky cocktails (which of these three is not like the others?)
- It’s the first rye officially designated as “vatted” (eh, marketing speak, but I dig the fact that they are relatively open that this is a blend of several sourced ryes)
- It is composed of five ryes ranging from 4 to 15 year old, from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Alberta, Canada, all “hand selected” by distiller Robert Cooper. At least we know that much.
- It’s 100 proof. Great for cocktails.
- It’s only $35. Which amounts to a darn good price point for rye these days.
So, interesting right? Blended rye, 100 proof, good price. Let’s give it a shot.
Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey
100 Proof, Approx. $35 retail
Tasting Dates: Feb 12 – 15, 2016
Thirsty South Rating: Good Stuff*
Digging in to the nose here, a dark cherry sweetness jumps out, almost like ...