Dad’s Hat White Rye – Review

Dad's Hat Pennsylvania White RyeDad’s Hat Genuine Small Batch Pennsylvania White Rye

100 Proof

Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML

Distiller: Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC



Trends come and go.  Pogs, Furbys, and snap bracelets all had their time, but where are they now?  Either in the back of the closet of your childhood bedroom or in a landfill decomposing for another decade or two.

Just like popular culture, trends in whiskey are abundant.  And just like JNCOs, many of them fade away over time.  “White dog”, or unaged, whiskey is a big trend right now in the industry.  It’s cheap to produce and it’s being sold at a premium.  But, if you were to take away the fancy label and the hip marketing buzz, would you still drink this stuff?  I’m betting that you wouldn’t.



Dad’s Hat has the classic white dog nose, although this one barely resembles whiskey at all.  There’s a strong aroma of rubbing alcohol, with an almost earthy quality attached.

The taste is just plain offensive – not much else to say.

Dad’s Hat burns on the finish, but not in a positive or pleasurable way.  Ouch!


Rating & Recommendations

Sorry Dad’s Hat, but you have earned my lowest rating ever with a 40 out of 100.

This stuff is undrinkable, repulsive.  Why would anyone spend money on this garbage?




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    • JohnnyBuckets on March 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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    Wow, Thanks for thr review. Having a crazy hat party and almost purchased this to try out. Guess I’ll save a few dollars as well as brain cells from your advise.

    1. Good idea. Cheers!


    • Jeff on March 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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    I could not disagree more. Unsigned reviews are rarely useful.

    1. Jeff-

      Perhaps you missed the “-Ryan” at the end of the review…?


    • Tom on February 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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    I tried the Dad’s Hat too. Tried is the key. Dumped the rest of the bottle down the drain. Did not care for it at all. Maybe others will have a different opinion.

    • Marc on January 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    I tried this because it won some award from Whisky Advocate – I bought it as a gift for my brother and was embarrassed. It has no redeeming quality. There is some nice taste/complexity going on, but it is completely covered by the burn.

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