Rye — (bottled in) Kentucky, Multiple Countries
Reviewed July 15, 2021 (edited September 10, 2021)
Nose: Fruity, spicy, herbal rye character - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dill, rosemary, etc. A variety of sliced apples. Bits of vanilla, oak, and a some white sugar sweetness. Under-ripe peaches and apricots. Blueberry scones with a touch of icing. The proof keeps this bright and present without being over the top or too aggressive. Palate: Peach cobbler, apple pie, and vanilla bean ice cream. Oak and tannin throughout. Clove, nutmeg, spearmint, lemon oil. Dill and anise are excellently integrated, too. Black pepper and leather are buried in here - like strawberries with black pepper and cheap maple syrup. A little bright and shiny overall, with a decent amount of treble. Hits towards the front of the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Finish: Apples, grapes, oak, and ethanol. Bitter lemon, naval orange come through, along with vanilla icing. A combo of rosemary and mint swirl show up, with touches of tobacco, black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Citrus, leather, spices... solid end to the finish. Medium-long length. Other notes: Fun expression, with the different casks really being put to excellent use. The madeira really helps keeps this cohesive and prevents things from getting too abrasive. If you dig rye or generally sweeter whiskeys, or are into interesting blends and finishing, this is right up your alley. I might try to snag a second bottle, even. Cheers!
This one did a summersault with every sip - truly interesting stuff!