Slow & Low: Rock & Rye 8-years

A Monday morning after staying up to watch Game of Thrones is always hard, due to that today’s review will be short and sweet so let’s get to it.

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low limited edition 8-year Rock & Rye is a label under Cooper Spirits based out of Philadelphia, PA. What first caught my attention about this rye was its bright orange label. It’s a bottle you simply can’t miss if you are looking at the liquor store shelves. Aside from that bright label, what’s interesting to note is that Hochstadter’s was once a pharmaceutical drink for colds, coughs, sore throats and so on.

Tasting Notes

Nose: orange peel with notes of sweetness

Palate: sweet, orange peel, syrupy, honey, slight notes of spice and bitters

Finish: lingering notes of sweetness

This 8-year limited edition kept close to that original medicinal recipe and personally, I don’t like it. It’s medicinal, syrupy and way too sweet.

If you enjoy sweet, syrupy and medicinal drinks, this is the whiskey for you. For me, the only way I would drink is if it was in a cocktail and if it was added minimally.

For the record, I will say that sweet drinks/foods and I have never really gotten along. What can I say, I am not a sweets kind of gal. Although, in regard to this product, even if I could get past the sweetness, I am not sure I could have gotten past the medicinal taste. It’s simply not a rye for me.


Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


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