Once again I have ventured forth to Codex, a 1920’s style speakeasy in Nashua, NH, to celebrate the winter season. Here my trusty companion and I sampled several of their offerings, including (rî)1 rye whiskey, Whistlepig 10 Year Rye, Knob Creek Single Barrel 120 Proof – a CodeX special barrel – and a fabulous Kraken Black Spiced Rum and apple-cider cocktail.

Let’s take a look at the (rî)1, 92 proof, from Beam Suntory.

r1 1 rye at CodeX Nashua

What they say “(rî)1 is a blend of several different ages (minimum 4.5 years) to create a uniquely smooth and sophisticated flavor. The deliberate blending of several different ages creates a higher proof; spicy, yet lighter rye taste; and long, luxurious finish that declares (rî)1® as the definition to which other rye whiskies should aspire.”

My take: Color: Amber.  Has a gentle nose. No ethanol, which is good.

Palate: This is a light whiskey with a pleasant and typical rye taste. I sense the peppery bite. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. No mint. Adding a small ice cube helped bring out the flavors. Seems consistent with the flavors characteristic of Jim Beam. Despite their hype, I prefer this to Whistlepig 10 year rye.

Should I buy? This sells for around $45, but I’m not sure it’s worth the price point. For that money there are better ryes.

Website of Beam Suntory

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