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Nose: rather subtle. Molasses leads into an earthy, organic scent, not unlike mossy tree bark. Unusual but not unpleasant. In time I start to notice cinnamon hearts and a dark scent somewhere between tobacco and ground coffee. Some fresh-cut wood in there too. Toasty and complex. The empty glass also yields a ton of sweet and smoky tobacco notes.
Taste: hot and spicy off the hop. Cinnamon hearts lead the way into bittersweet oak spice. The earthy/musty note emerges again. Quite a bold, heavy flavour. Reminds me, perhaps unsurprisingly, of Royal Canadian Small Batch.
FInish: the rye is most apparent in the finish, with flavours of sourdough bread as well as more oak.
Balance: a young, rough-and-tumble whisky where the oak overtakes the rye everywhere except perhaps the finish. An interesting dram which is Canadian in style but American in weight and impact. Never quite finds the sweetness to balance the sour and earthy flavours. Enjoyable nonetheless.