Pikesville is a town in Maryland northwest of Baltimore. Prior to prohibition, Pikesville was home to dozens of rye distilleries. The Pikesville brand was one of the few to survive, but in the seventies Majestic, the last Maryland distiller, closed and the Pikesville brand was bought out and moved to Kentucky, where it is made today. The 3 year old supreme straight rye still has the classic old-school Maryland taste profile. It is still widely drank in Maryland, and it was the whiskey of choice for the dockers in series two of the Baltimore show “The Wire”.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sweet and sour; oranges and lemons; almonds; floral; redcurrants on vanilla shortcake.
Palate: Immediately light, creamy and biscuity, then a slight pithy spiciness which builds to a buttery orange peel bitterness at the death.
Retails for around £25