Pikesville Rye – 6yr 110 Proof

Remade and premiumized by Heaven Hill into a 6yr 110 proof “Maryland” style rye whiskey, Pikesville was forever the last man standing 80 proof bottom shelf rye whiskey. That was before MGP, before High West, before mixology in gerneral. Just a bunch of random Natty Boh drinking Baltimoreons with their bottles of Pikesville upheld the tradition. Now, it’s a realtively allocated bottle that’s one of the BEST VALUES you’ll ever find in rye these days. Billed as “Maryland Style” which is up for debate, but basically means MORE corn in the recipe, Pikesville presents soft spice on the nose with oak, orande peel, and dry chocolate. On the palate, mountains of soft fruit and spice, clove and honey with sweet vanilla as well. At 110 proof is drinks great neat, but does tremendously in an old fashioned. If Sazerac Rye is a little too soft at 90 proof, look for this beast and don’t ever leave a bottle on the shelf if you see it.