Rye whiskey after judging homebrews all day
My Dad and most of my uncles were Rye whiskey men, and as a result of being allowed the occasional sample I developed a real love for the stuff myself. Its been my whiskey of choice for many years. Seems that it got a bit hard to find for a few years there, but these days WIld Turkey Rye (moderately priced) and Michter's Rye (mid/high priced) are tough to beat (unless you manage to find some of the rare old stuff that turns up now and again). On the cheaper end of things, both Old Overholt and Jim Beam Rye are not a bad value. Not as complex maybe, but they still go down pretty well. I've had Fritz Maytag's 'Old Potrero' on a few occasions and really enjoyed that as well.
This summer I'll be in Kentucky for a convention I've attended annually for 30 years and look forward to driving home with a supply of assorted Ryes. (The convention center , by the way, is the site of the late and lamented Oldenburg Brewery).