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February 14, 2024 (edited February 16, 2024)
4.0 out of 5 stars
Glass: Glencairn, rested 15 minutes.
Color: Medium amber.
Nose: Stone fruit and herbs, some minty notes.
Palate: More herbs and mint, without the fruity notes from the nose.
Finish: Medium length with very little heat.
Splash: The minty notes really shine.
Overall: 8/10 - I'm not a big rye drinker, but this was a pleasant departure from bourbon. It's MGP 95/5, but the minty notes are really pleasant without being too forward. For a budget rye, this was impressive.
This is a high rating, I know.
This isn't a crazy complicated, high proof, and finished rye that'll do a tango in your mouth.
But considering it's $23 and EVERYWHERE, for 90 proof it's honestly excellent.
Seriously. Find me another Rye Whiskey in this range of criteria that is anywhere as good as this.
In the proof range, I prefer Redwood Empire Emerald Giant, but it's for all intents and purposes, 2x the price.
In the price range, it's got more character than the Elijah Craig Rye and the Jack Daniel's Rye IMO. Maybe the Ezra Brooks 99 Rye beats it. I think I'll do that blind tonight. But it's also 10 proof higher.
Seriously, I think it's very good given the limitations on it price/proof wise. Is it gonna change your world? Probably not. Is it worth a buy? I say absolutely.