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This straight rye contains no corn whatsoever - it's a large percentage of rye with a small amount of malted barley.
The colour is a deep, dark orange with coppery highlights. Somewhat floral on the nose, with mint, eucalyptus, oak, pencil shavings and orange pith. Dark chocolate. Cloves; quite spicy. Fantastic but avoid water as it lowers the volume.
Sweeter on the palate, with honey, more mint / eucalyptus, birch bark and pine. Quite spicy with smoked paprika and cinnamon. Herbal and medicinal - this tastes like it was made in 1860...and I love it! Water adds a touch of dark fruit but still kills the nose.
The finish is a bruiser - long, peppery and mouth-drying, leaving black cherry and wet sawdust. I love rye, and I love this - complex, powerful, endlessly fascinating. One of the best, absolutely unbelievable. Jim Murray scores this a 97; I dock it a touch lower as it doesn't hold water on the nose well. Obviously though - this is incredible.