The first aromas are strong, nutty, and mocha-like; further sniffings pick up deep-seeded scents of walnut, new leather, flax-fiber and soft cheese. The sweet and honeyed flavor profile bursts onto the tongue in the entry stage, then turns drier, grape seed-like, and woodier at midpalate. Ends up incredibly honeyed. A tour-de-force rye whiskey that delivers at…
This small-batch whiskey is a treat, butter-soft and loaded with sweet toffee and hazelnut aromas and flavors. The long finish rolls toward dry espresso and mocha flavors, pepped up with clove and cinnamon.
Dark amber color, strongly and sweetly aromatic with hints of cigar tobacco and allspice. Pleasant, deep toffee flavors almost threaten to turn sweet, but the finish is brisk, brief and dry. Medium body.
Crazy-sweet aroma, full of caramel, vanilla and a slight floral touch. The bite comes first (and lingers awhile), followed by vanilla, caramel, coconut flavors. It mellows considerably with ice, and becomes quite likeable, drinkable and mild.
Bouquet opens with aromas of hazelnut, asphalt, fennel, steamed asparagus and damp hay; additional air contact adds metallic/botanical fragrances that suggest lead pipe, rust, popcorn, dill, brine and charred oak. In the mouth, loads of rich, maple-like flavors delight the tastebuds. Finishes softer than I expected.
The opening nosing passes detect soft scents of spicy rye; aeration adds notes of black pepper, marmalade and plum preserves. The oily palate entry makes the tongue tingle pleasantly; at midpalate this whiskey’s youth is accentuated by racy tastes of alcohol, spicy grain and light caramel. Finishes as sprightly and carefree as it starts. A straight rye with attitude.
The bouquet has a dry, grainy aroma which is accented by peppery/spicy scents. The palate entry is surprisingly sweet and corny, considering how dry the aroma is; the midpalate point is deep, corny sweet, sap-like and a bit syrupy. Ends up well and balanced, with a backnote of dried red fruit (raisins, prunes).