Situated on the edge of San Antonio, Ranger Creek is the only Texan “brewstillery”. Their stills work day and night to produce award-winning Texas Bourbon, Single Malt, Rye Whiskey, lager and IPA. It was established back in 2010 by a trio of booze-lovers: TJ, Dennis and Mark.
Their .44 Rye Whiskey is the third release in the Small Caliber Series (we’re sure you know that, but .44 is the famous Colt Walker revolver). The Brewstillery names all its expressions after historical firearms to keep it all Old West. Point-Forty-Four was matured for 19 months in ex-Bourbon barrels. Size of the barrel (get it?) affects the aging process – the smaller it is, the sooner the sauce is ready. Add some scorching Texan heat and you have a winner. The golden Spirit comes in a handy 375 mL flask, which is also a nod to the tiny barrel. Not everything is big in Texas.
Potent flavor is right. The smell is mellow with the cinnamon. The taste is strong and spicy with a quick finish. I am not a huge fan or ryes, but I will not recommend this one.
Wasn’t a great taste
I definitely tasted the tobacco flavor, but it was not the typical rye whiskey I’ve tasted. Tasting with a friend, he said he’d take the worst Irish whiskey over this. It was not the level I was expecting, but it may suit some taste buds. Just not mine.
The perfect spice and bite in a drink
Smooth, light, hint of cinnamon
Overwhelming rye flavor. Spicy notes that thankfully don’t linger. Adding and ice cube certainly smooths this one out.
Some odd flavors for a rye whiskey. Extremely light color. Will not ever be ordering this one.
Very sharp and spicy. I’m glad the flavor doesn’t linger very long
A lil fruity
Ok, a little too sharp for a rye. Notes of spice and pepper but not a long after taste
Nice, mellow Rye blend. Very smooth with hints of tobacco, caramel and spice. Will add this as an every-day favorite. Great for sipping or as base for a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Would not recommend. Spicy and peppery but finish very short.
Spicy,fruity,with a hint of mint. Not for the weak of heart but when you get past that front spice it’s delicious...
Not for me. Tastes young and very woody and peppery.
Unusual flavors. Didn’t taste any of the “sweet” notes
Sure is spicy, not for me.
Tobacco taste and smell strong. Not a super fan. Maybe another caliber would be better.
Fruity cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. Sweet and Smokey taste with not the smoothest finish, but overall good experience. Out of all the tastings I would enjoy this on the rocks the most.
The clove and nutmeg slapped me like my ma’ma did when I got my smart mouth. Spicy kicked in like the sting that followed. Umm...no. Doesn’t really mix well with 7-Up either and that’s my favorite mixer. Not the best aftertaste either
Wow - hate this. Really funky taste - almost like you can taste the raw grains. Too sweet with weird palette
Youthful. I was looking forward to trying this offering. I think it has a lot of potential but it needs more time in the barrel.
Fine, but not something I’d go looking for.
Not a fan.
Strong Fruity nose. Apple? Spicy, mouth-coating hit. Has that triple-distilled Irish whisky flavor. Bit harsh.
A nice bouquet of flavors
Leaves a terrible aftertaste, it tastes like fire. it's got a harsh burn to it, and smells like a burn your rocks of whiskey. Not mature enough to be a sipping whiskey
mixed with coke 1:1 results:
The mixer definitely milds out the burn, and allows a different flavor profile to emerge. Very cinnamon heavy, enough cinnamon to knock you out cold, and make some french toast for a drunchie snack. Hints of apple, reminds me of a fall day.
Will have to try with some warm apple cider, or possibly use in place of redwine for mulled cider.
Great idea, weak execution. This is definitely a small caliber whiskey
Didn't like it
Smells like shoe leather.
Love the spicy and caramel notes. Great first taste and finish which I enjoyed. After continuing to drink, it left a bad aftertaste which worsened the experience.
I’m sure some people love it but it’s too spicy for me! Great tobacco finish but I hate the start!
My wife says it’s a combo between your grandpas whisky and a used menthol cigarette from a tray in Vegas!
I don’t think it’s that bad, but I’m not a fan.
Loved it. Smooth and apple/cinnamon aftertaste.
Spicy notes, smooth drinking.
It is a complex, Texas Rye Whiskey that has an aromatic birth; while a bold life leads to a long & complex death with a hint of bread crust & caramel.
The worst. So gross. Still trying to get the taste off my tongue with a grill brush days later.
This was a good drink with very strong flavors and odors of Nutmeg and Clove and possibly tobacco. I didn't taste the mint. The smell was intriguing, it reminded me of places I've been.
Like drinking paint thinner
Very similar to gin.
Strong flavor, can’t really place it. Not my favorite rye though I’m not really used to taking it outside of an old fashioned.
Wow super astringent nose, follow up botanical flavors that basically make this a Bombay Sapphire version of Bourbon. Ultimately thought was disgusting because I'm not a gin fan.
OK my first rating done here and the first Rye too I have seriously tried to drink. It was in the tasting sample and took it first as it was the lowest rating. I am surprised I liked it. I smell spice and faint cinnamon. It’s oily and has a slight burn back of the throat, but warm and has a bread feeling on the tongue. Overall very pleasant for me. I wouldn’t buy a bottle, but I would not pass on a dram either if offered.
Spicy and cinnamon off the bat. I’m not a big cinnamon fan. Wasn’t bad but I’m not likely to get a whole bottle.
Hot and spicy
Very hot and spicy, lot of toffee and cinnamon
I give this an ehhhh rating. Its smooth and easy to drink, but im not loving the flavor, definitely wouldn't purchase a bottle.
This was to hot and strong for our likening. Not very drinkable without mixing.
This was on the down side of OK. I still haven't finished the tasting that I received. I would not buy a bottle of this. To be fair, I'm not much of a rye drinker, but they sent it, so I tried it and I'm rating it.
On the nose I get Playdough, rye grass, and Redhots candy. Used to 100+ proof stuff so it doesn't give off any burn on the nose. A little sweet caramel scent. To be labeled as a rye (couldn't find the mash bill online) this has no rye spice I'm used to detecting. I can definitely taste the rye grass, but nothing else going on. Finishes dry, no spice. Third favorite in the Texan Spirit tasting box.
Didn’t enjoy this at all. 2 sips was all
I could take. Aroma is enjoyable. Personally the aroma reminds me of sweet tea. Flavor wasn’t at all enjoyable to me.
Spicy beginnings, but changes to a smooth experience with a sweeter finish. No discernible burn. I would definitely drink this whiskey but I wouldn’t purchase it for my own bar. There are other finer choices in Rye.
Too spicy for me.
I am new to this. Usually just a casual drinker. Unfortunately for this review, I do not like rye whiskey. The aroma was pleasing, but like the label says, It's definitely Rye Whiskey. I don't like the aftertaste of rye whiskey.
Not usually a Rye kind of guy, but this wasn't bad. I like the cinnamon coming through. This came with the Alamo Black Label Bourbon which I wasn't too keen on. This is definitely a step up in my book. The cinnamon lingers for a bit, or is it the clove, not unpleasant.
On the first sniff I found fruit notes. After a couple of sips the nose shifted to more cinnamon and bread dough. There is definitely a lot of the familiar rye spice on the palate. The finish was doughy and warm.
The first taste was not great. Very spicy! However, I had a beer after the first taste and came back. I Found very pleasant sweet notes and it was very good on the second taste.
Never been a Rye drinker. Not bad but has that rye after taste.
I love rye whiskey, I love mint. I do NOT love mint in my whiskey. The mint and cinnamon combination of flavor notes was overwhelming to me. Too forward with those aromatic flavors and then a lingering nutmeg flavor. Just not good in a drink.
Lots of spice. Delicious
Very floral/minty on the nose. Palate is very watery. Finish for me was almost nonexistent. Not bad but not great. Wouldn't pick up a full bottle of this one.
Does not taste much like other ryes. A little hay on the nose. More corn and oak and not very much spice on the palate. Kind of a clean, almost piney finish that doesn’t linger all that long. Just ok.
This is a fantastic rye! Fairly smooth with a great spice that lingers in a good way!
Having visited the brewery/distillery several times and working with the crew as part of their local home brew supplier, these guys are great and deserve all your support!
Super “clean barrel” tasting. Like freshly cut wood with pores ready to suck in the whisky as it ages. I really like it and got it in my tasting box. Was my favorite of the three tasters. I think maybe some people don’t rate it as highly because they want something that is more in-family with what they expect. I, however, found this one unique but in a good way.
A bit of a tang of rain-soaked lumber.
Wow cinnamon blast. It was a little potent for my taste. It was drinkable, but I’d never make it through a bottle of it.
Got a chance to sample this in my first tasting box and was blown away by the minty-nutmeg flavor and cinnamon smells. It was definitely not what I expected.
I’m more of a bourbon drinker, but I like this. Got it in a tasting box and wish I could find a full bottle. The spiciness and cinnamon were a nice surprise and give it a flavor I haven’t come across before.
This would be perfect in something like eggnog. But a bit on the spicy harshness to drink alone. I could taste only the cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spice and the sweetness. On the nose though caramel and oak were most prominent for me. Not usually a rye fan, but not the worst rye I’ve ever had either.
Pretty smooth rye, I do taste the cinnamon everyone talks about, however it doesn’t dominate the flavor to me. There are hints of nutmeg and vanilla throughout and a nice finish. Some spice as well, overall above average that’s for sure
To high on the spice.
Smooth rye. Nice taste. Not very complex. Needs a little time in the barrel and a little more proof.
Great drink, the cinnamon and mint flavor come through first with a nice spicy finish and a good overall rye flavor.
Not bad. Cinnamon is pretty strong. Spice is also strong. I found the tobacco, too. The caramel and some of the others on the spiral, I got cinnamon and spice. Good, but not what I would say is a strong rye.
The cinnamon dominates the flavor profile and offers up a surprisingly spicy whisky with a smooth finish. It’s nice for chilly autumn and winter evenings. Be mindful though, you wouldn’t guess it’s 94 proof
Good - not usually a Rye fan
I thought this one was great. Better than the simple bourbon.