The Macallan is solid. And you are right - feels like a value price. I have paid more for meh.
I am surprised by the delta between so many Ryes given most are from Indiana. Has to be recipe difference given extremes of sweetness. Haven’t had the WT Rye, but blown away by Bulleit’s Rye. Been a long time Dickel fan, but cannot drink their Rye (similar recipe as I recall). Has me wondering about barreling technique.
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I'm a big fan of Bulleit Rye as well. Trying that one is what made me want to try other rye whiskeys. McMenamins just released a rye version of their Billy Whiskey but I haven't had a chance to try it.
Next week I'm going to a McMenamins hosted whiskey tasting event that includes about 20 different whiskeys from the US, Ireland, Scotland and Japan. Including a special McMenamins only Woodford Reserve Cosmic Selection. I'm interested to try that. Not sure if it's a blend or a single barrel, but I've noticed a lot of special custom blends and single barrel things lately.
Last month when we were at Disneyland we got drinks at the swanky cocktail bar at Grand Californian and they had a special Knob Creek Single Barrel Disneyland Select. It was amazing. Sweet caramel, oaky vanilla and just a hint of smoke. It was very nice. I would assume you can only get it at Disneyland (or perhaps some other Disney properties, such as the cruise ship).