Pikesville Rye has a long history, going back to the 1890s, where it was first produced in Maryland. Things went on swimmingly at first but then things hit a bit of snag in 1920 when the USA introduced prohibition. After prohibition ended in 1933 the distillery kicked off again, seeing off all the competition to become the last Rye produced in Maryland. In more recent times the label has been taken over by Heaven Hill and production has now moved to Kentucky, where it is barrel aged for six years. The final bottled product sits at a whopping 55%, so this is a strong tipple.