Rye Whiskey: An American Original Rises Again

Welcome back, wonderful friends and whiskey fans! After such an outstanding whiskey tasting event that was also an awesome party with bands in September 2019, we’re getting back to our roots: a smaller affair, whiskey-centered, and even focused on an original American whiskey. Rye whiskey just may be the whiskey version of the Hero’s Journey, with a rise, a fall from grace, and recently a redemption–and rising again.

Whiskey tasting events are open to all friends and their friends, but knowing approximate attendance will help me provide the best tasting experience. So, please RSVP (see below).

When & Where

Time & Date: 8PM on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Location: Chez Boisseau (Unit 3005) @ 360 Condominiums (main entrance on 3rd St. near Nueces St.). The concierge at the front desk will give you an elevator code to reach the 30th floor.


Let me know if you’re coming by commenting below (with # attending) so that we can plan appropriately. (Note: comments won’t appear immediately on the page until I get a chance to approve them since bots have discovered my site… but I’ll be quick.)


All rye whiskeys this time. List is provided below.

Whiskey Tasting Events “Rules”

The “rules” have been established and refined over 21 previous whiskey (and “alt-whiskey”) events, for maximum whiskey enjoyment.

  • Several different whiskeys will be provided that cover a range of taste profiles for comparison. I’ll post those below by February 4. As always, if you wish to bring a bottle to expand our comparison set and share with friends, please do (not required!)–but if you do then you must take your bottle home with you to enjoy on your own later! (There will be labels and a list.) All whiskeys provided by the hosts and being shared by guests will be posted below as we learn about them (let me know in the comments).
  • You do not have to love whiskey (yet) to join us and have fun–just be willing to taste and learn a little. Some wine and beer wil also be provided, but feel free to bring anything you want if you’re not (yet) into whiskey but still want to join the fun.
  • There will be plenty of snacks (and probably Girl Scout cookies), but you should eat a full dinner beforehand if you’re serious about tasting many whiskeys.
  • Parking: Street parking in downtown is limited, but there are many nearby parking garages. However, because it’s a whiskey tasting and we often end up with 20ish whiskeys, we strongly recommend that you consider using a rideshare so you can really focus on the tasting. Nobody drives home intoxicated!

Whiskey list

The initial whiskey list is below. If you plan to bring something to share & compare, let me know and I’ll add to the list!

  1. AD Laws Secale Rye Cask Strength – Steve White
  2. Angel’s Envy Finished Rye – Jay Boisseau
  3. Balcones Distillery Cask Strength Rye ‘17 and/or ‘18 – Steve White
  4. Basil Hayden Dark Rye – Colin Eddy
  5. Ben Milam Rye – Patrick Stewart
  6. Black Maple Hill Oregon Straight Rye – Reid Wilson
  7. Grist & Saw Empire Rye – Velvet Campbell
  8. High West Boureye (rye and bourbon hybrid) – Jay Boisseau
  9. Highwire Abruzi Rye – Jay Boisseau
  10. Kooper Family Rye – Jay Boisseau
  11. Leopold Brother’s Maryland Style Rye – Jay Boisseau
  12. Michter’s Rye – David Nguyen
  13. Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye – Lenny & Clara
  14. Pinhook Rye – John & Sherry Harrison
  15. Rittenhouse Rye – Melissa & Brad
  16. Russell’s Reserve Rye – Jay Boisseau
  17. Seven Grand Koval Rye Single Barrel – Steve White
  18. Whistlepig Rye (10 years) –
  19. Whistlepig Farmhouse Rye – Mathew Yarger

Remember: All whiskey bottles brought by guests must be taken home to continue enjoying after the event! There will be labels for bottles.

39 thoughts on “Rye Whiskey: An American Original Rises Again

  1. Brad and I will be there with bells on (well, with rye in hand) He’s had several trips to KY lately so we should have something fun to bring!

  2. In like flint.
    I have some Distillery Only Balcones Cask Strength Rye ‘17 and/or ‘18 to bring, Seven Grand Koval Rye Single Barrel, and AD Laws Secale Rye Cask Strength. Objections?

  3. The whiskey list is being updated now in real-time (kinda)! If you plan to bring/share a rye whiskey, please post in the comments and I’ll update the list for others to see (and thus avoid bringing duplicates).

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