I love rye whiskey and this is an ok example, but not great. Buying in the UK I’d say it’s not worth the money and there are much better examples out there in the same price bracket (think e.g. Rittenhouse). This has those lovely earthy, spicy cereal notes that every rye lover is familiar with, but they are relatively low key compared to some. It is however very well balanced on the nose with promising complexity (that doesn’t deliver), including cherry cola, ripe pear, vanilla toffee and heather honey notes. Could be a good one for those who prefer a more toned down, subtle rye experience though.
The nose is where the complexity is in this whiskey. The earthy, spicy rye notes are complemented well by undercurrents of cherry cola, vanilla toffee, ripe pears and heather honey that develop throughout.
A slightly watery, thin mouthfeel, disappointing for a 45.2% ABV bottling. The spicy rye fills the initial palate, with slightly bitter dandelion and burdock (root beer) notes developing through the mid.
After a reasonably satisfying spicy rye swallow, the finish dies spectacularly and is probably the worst aspect of this whisky for me. A slight oak sweetness lingers, but I’d hardly call it a finish, more of an aftertaste.