Distillery: Unknown. (Hiram Walker? Brand owned and bottled by Sazerac).
Style: Canadian blend.
Age: NAS (at least 3 y/o)
Michigan state minimum: $10
Appearance: Bright copper.
Nose: Alcohol, rye toast, grilled sweet corn.
Palate: Full-bodied and round. Creamed corn, burn, a touch of oak.
Finish: Burn, Red Pop, tiny touch of oak.
Mixed: Did well with Ginger ale, on the rocks and in an Old Fashioned.
Parting words: When I was writing this review, I went back to look at my notes on Rich & Rare to compare the two. What I noticed was that I forgot to write the tasting notes and only had the basic information and parting words. I dug into the depths of my tasting notebook and found my R & R notes and I have now updated that post.
Ahem. So, how does it compare? R & R was heavy on the dessert notes, especially vanilla and butterscotch. R & R Reserve is more balanced and has much more rye character and fruit than its cheaper sibling. R & R R is better suited to sipping than R & R, but R & R R mixes just as well or maybe even better. So while R & R is a good value, it’s worth your while to lay down an extra $2.50 for the Reserve.
The bottle is very pretty too, for what it’s worth. R & R Reserve is recommended.