By Matt Goldstein
Village Whiskey in downtown Philadelphia offers multiple whiskey flights (restaurant review coming soon). The Flights are available in whiskey, bourbon, scotch etc… For those not familiar with a flight; many establishments serve beer, wine and spirit flights for those patrons interested in tasting multiple offerings. A flight of wine usually consists of 5 different wines from a given style such as cabernet, with 5 glasses about 1/3 full of each different wine. The whiskey flights at Village Whiskey consist of three different whiskeys in a given style with about 2/3’s of a full serving. As we rarely get the chance to taste quality rye, we decided to go with the Rye Whiskey Flight.
The Rittenhouse 100:
A brilliant 100 proof rye whiskey. Light in color and dry with a slow burn, the Rittenhouse 100 proof has a dry scent with a strong finish. According to Heaven Hill distilleries, Rittenhouse 100 is produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or Monongahela rye whiskies, the classic ryes that were once the preeminent American whiskey style. The Rittenhouse 100 is a throwback whiskey and very smooth for a 100 proof.
The R1 Rye Whiskey:
The R1 is very dry with a good bite but a smooth finish. With a slightly sweet bourbon flavor, the light finish and subtle aftertaste is very good. There is also a bit of spice which gives this rye a certain character, but the R1 is sweeter than most rye whiskies. R1 is produced by the famous bourbon specialists, Jim Beam. For those that associate Jim Beam with a cheap bottom shelf whiskey, think again. Jim Beam also produces the critically acclaimed Knob Creek, and other premium bourbons such as Bookers, Basil Hayden’s and Bakers, all of which are excellent Kentucky Straight Bourbons.
The Uncut Sazerac126 proof Rye Whiskey has a beautiful light red color with a sweet but sour scent. Although it’s a rye whiskey, you can almost taste the Tennessee style sour mash as you sniff the tulip glass. The Thomas Handy Sazerac has a sweet flavor but the finish is very strong. Did I say very strong!?! WOW! This drink is good, not for beginners… Even after a little water is added; the finish of this 126 proof rye is just as strong. However, as you continue to sip, the unforgiving finish settles down to a solid rye whiskey flavor.