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Pale golden straw body
Legs appear slowly, but once running our voluminous and speedy.
Ethanol is a major contributor to the nose. Getting past that, there is some toasted white bread and a touch of vanilla that comes through the Pine-Sol. A bit of clove and green apple round out the underwhelming nose.
Palate is soft and a bit sticky in a very pleasant way. Like those yellow wrapped butterscotch candies... The sweetness makes itself known, and stays nearly all the way throughout. There's almost a bitter, dry woody moment following the swallow, followed by the off-putting ethanol. It turns around with a moderately long but not complex finish.
It tastes better than it smells, and it makes a very good old fashioned with some help from some quality bitters and a proper cocktail cherry. That is definitely what it will be used for in our house over the holidays.
Caramel, butterscotch, baking spice, copper, dried fruit and acetone.
The Cask Strength version has a more intense, deeper, aroma, but this isn’t bad, or at least wouldn’t be if that industrial/acetone note wasn’t there.
Caramel, watery butterscotch, copper, orange peel, touch anise and herbal spice with a hint of something industrial/solventy.
Again, not bad, but that sharp note at the end keeps throwing me off a bit.
Medium-Short -> Darkly sweet and spiced with a light touch of that acetone.
A lighter, Canadian-styled rye, that still has plenty of spice. At first, the flavor seem subdued, but after several seconds, the body opens up and the zippy rye does a tarantela on the tongue. This is followed by notes of cinnamon candy (red hots), and a subtle smoky sweetness. For a pure rye, you can’t go wrong with the price point here. A friendly and easy on the pocketbook whiskey. We like this in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Smell: Peppermint and bubblegum are the main notes I get from the nose. There is a light grass/hay note in there too. Some caramel, baking spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and vanilla extract. Green apple skin and light chlorine.
Taste: Caramel and baking spices are on the forefront in the taste as well as the vanilla extract. The peppermint and bubblegum are still there but not as strong. The hay is barely there. Surprisingly decently strong flavors for 40% ABV.
Finish: Light milk chocolate, almonds, cinnamon, peppermint. Some light green apple juice. Decently long again for the ABV.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light, but it's impressive it's not completely watery considering the minimum proof. Some oiliness.
Overall: For the price, this is quite a surprisingly decent whisky. It's got good flavors and intensity, it's a little complex and it drinks easily. A great everyday whisky. I did notice it benefited quite a bit from breathing a little bit. The first glass of the bottle was nowhere near as good as this one (beginning of the second half of the bottle).