Name: Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Whiskey
Age: 7 Months
Notes: On the nose this rye has a very strong aroma of black pepper and anise. On the palate there is a crisp apple flavor with smooth honey, vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors. The finish is spicy with black pepper and cinnamon upfront with some familiar sweet flavors of honey and vanilla. I found this rye to be very smooth and mellow. The honey and apple flavors were the two most noticeable flavors for me and both were delicious. The spicy flavors of black pepper, cinnamon, and anise really played well with the sweet flavors in this rye. This is the third whiskey I tried from Ranger Creek and I was very impressed with all their products. I tried Ranger Creek .44 Rye neat and with a splash and I enjoyed it both ways. Ranger Creek .44 Rye is priced at around $35 a bottle which I feel is a great price for the quality of the whiskey.
History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.
Gear: The Connoisseur’s Vault is one serious safe and very expensive. Made in Germany by Döttling, renowned manufacturers of luxury safes since 1919, this is the home vault with secure, dedicated storage for those with refined taste. The three-door vault has a main safe, accessible by a key pad combination, with eight integrated watch winders—each one individually controlled by software that sets the direction of the rotation. A suede-lined jewelry drawer provides separate, organized storage for rings, necklaces, and bracelets. A humidor drawer is lined with Spanish cedar and has an electronic humidification system with a hygrometer and barometer made by Wempe—crafters and ensures your fine cigars are stored at the ideal 70% humidity. A two-door safe at the top, both with individual stainless steel dial locks, holds up to six watches on two winders. The vault is fortified with 2 3/4″-thick steel walls and 1″-diameter hardened steel locking bolts, it is waterproof and fireproof up to 1,994° F for one hour, and it can be connected to an established alarm system. The vault’s exterior is covered with supple, tufted Italian calfskin.
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Drink: A few years ago, Jeff Arnett, the Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s, released a limited edition Unaged Tennessee Rye Whiskey before maturing the rest of the whiskey. After aging in brand new white oak barrels for two seasons, Jack Daniels invites you to taste what is now the limited edition Rested Tennessee Rye, a semi-aged, charcoal mellowed rye whiskey with hints of spice and vanilla. Available in limited quantities.