Pikesville is a Straight Rye Whiskey, from the stables of Heaven Hill from Bardstown, Kentucky. Originally this distillery was founded in 1890, but perished during the Noble Experiment from 1920 until 1923. In 1934 the Shapira family reopened it and runs it until this day. The mashbill for Pikesville consists of 65% rye. In the States it is mostly used for cocktails and is dirt cheap.
The nose is light, but also somewhat bitter. That luckily disappears quickly to make room for vanilla, coconut and lavender. Mildly spiced on ginger and nutmeg. It remains grainy though. Leave it for ten minutes and nothing will be left. Carton creeps in.
On the palate is balances between watery and oily. The rye now speaks louder with a voice of pepper, nutmeg and even some chili. Vanilla and coconut again, but also very grainy. Too much so to be good. A hint of raisins.
The finish is medium long and soft, but the bitterness is much louder than the sweetness.
This one is on par with Heaven Hill’s Cabin Still bourbon. Mix or miss, for this is bottom shelf stuff.