Fresh summer fruit cocktail | Mint | White peppercorn | Light charred oak | Light bubble gum | Touch of baking spice | Light rye spice | Fruity sweet opening
Bold rye spice | Muted cinnamon stick | Light white peaches | Vanilla wafer | Dried leather | Sprinkle of baking spice | Nicely intertwined sweet & spicy flavors
Muted vanilla | Aged oak | Rye spice | Peppercorn mix | Spicy lingering heat
Pinhook Tiz Rye Time 6 Year is the third bottle in the brand’s vertical rye series following last year's 5 year old release. This year’s release sees the brand increase in proof once again, clocking in at the series' highest proof of 108. This higher proof helps to accentuate the spicy notes of this year's edition. Compared to last year, the 6 Year is much more spice forward, and really highlights its 95% rye mashbill. The spicy notes are nicely balanced by the bold fruitiness of the rye, and form a really fun contrast throughout the sip. It’s this undulating fruit spice combination that has been the backbone of the series to date.
This series is turning out to be a really fun one. While Tiz Rye 6 Year isn’t necessarily better than those that came before it, it does highlight the change the rye is going through as it spends more time in the barrels. It’s one of the more fun ongoing experiments taking place in the world of whiskey, and with 6 more years to go in the series, it leaves me genuinely intrigued to see what future releases will taste like.