This 6-year-old rye falls into the premium category, given its $50 price tag. It is worth it? Absolutely.
With a history dating back to the Civil War, Pikesville Rye has its roots in Maryland. The mash bill is 51 percent rye, 39 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley, which, along with the aging, creates a soft rye character that the Maryland style is known for. Heaven Hill took over the brand after production halted in the 1980s, and Pikesville is now made in Kentucky. At 110 proof, it's a powerhouse, offering honey and spice up front and finishing with hints of baking spices and sweet vanilla. It also has the distinction of grabbing the number 2 spot in Jim Murray's 2016 Whisky Bible — no small feat.