The Northern Harvest Rye bottling itself is a blended Canadian whisky comprising a high percentage (90%) of rye. (Most Canadian whisky contains rye, to some extent.) The packaging claims the rye used is from fields that over-winter under cover of snow which, we’re expected to believe, leads to smoother whisky. The result is bottled at 45% ABV.
Distilled from at least 51 percent rye, with corn and malted barley as the “small” grains, Pikeville Rye embraces the tradition of American Straight Rye Whiskey. On the palate, Pikesville Rye is dry and spicy, with hints of honeyed rye and cloves.
Given that this makes the 2016 William Larue Weller the same thing as a cask strength W.L. Weller 12 Year Old, a whiskey that has been a hot item for a few years now because it was tagged as an able substitute for Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old.