I love whiskey. I offer here a simple dedication to the wonder that is whiskey. Whether it is Scotch, Irish, Japanese, Canadian, bourbon, rye, corn, or malt, here are some reviews, opinions, notes, stories, anecdotes, photos, and warnings on my journey to improve my relationship with this mighty invention. Enjoy and share!
Have you seen the movie Wyatt Earp? Well, then you know Bat Masterson.
C'mon, you know, one of the two brothers that work with Wyatt to skin buffalo... He's the brother that grows an awesome mustache then lands a job as a deputy for Wyatt in Dodge City... the one that doesn't get shot... OK, go watch it again right now!
When I first saw the bottle of Masterson's 10-Year Straight Rye Whiskey and I read the little marketing blurb, all my "marketing-hype alarms" started ringing. What does Bat Masterson have to do with rye whiskey anyway? Well, let me tell you, it just doesn't matter!
Last weekend, I had the incredible good fortune to be given a bottle of this amazing rye whiskey and I don't think I can say enough good things about it. First off, I REALLY like rye whiskeys and this may be the best I have tried (I think I need to go back and compare it to Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey which is also excellent).
Made from 100% rye and aged for 10 years, this whiskey is very smooth and sweet. The spicy pepper taste that is common to most rye whiskeys presents itself in the finish. The flavor is smooth, mellow, full of caramel and tobacco flavors. The aroma is a sweet, mellow, and rich reminder of my experiences with rye moonshine. I just couldn't stop sniffing this stuff! It was a pleasure to drink this whiskey neat, then with a few drops of water on the second glass to play around with releasing additional flavors and aromas.
At first I thought the price seemed a little high at $75 to $80 a bottle. But this rye whiskey delivers one of the best drinking experiences I have had in a while. A little later, I paired it with a Montecristo No.2 cigar and my evening was made even better.
If you have the opportunity to try this excellent rye, I strongly urge you to do so. Then let me know what you think.
And if you haven't seen Wyatt Earp, I hope I didn't ruin anything for you. See it now. And see Tombstone too. It doesn't really get any better than Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday!