95% Rye 5% Malted Barley
Nose: HEAVY Peppermint, brown sugar, hints of vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee, polish remover, sugar maple and subtle char. All in all, a fairly robust, full sugary nose with the typical maple sugar in your face vibe that I except from Georgey.
Palate: Mmm, let me savour this. Sweet maple arrival with a spicy kick all the way through, very smooth and syrupy. Minty at the back. Very chewy. Slight bitterness.
Slightly dry and astringent (same as the No.12), yet maintains its sweet, full round body character throughout. This is quite delicious. Not sure if I prefer the No.12 or the Rye better now?
Finish: Decent. Not exceptionally long, but it maintains its spicy wood sweetness and minty characteristic first found in the nose for some time. A splash of water brings out the sweetness even further and lowers the alcoholic bite, but another strange flavour appears. What's this? Oh yes…. the famous sugary crystals that were first present when I tasted the No.12. Oh this is good stuff… the fizz has arrived. gulp
Conclusion: Another delicious and exceptionally crafted treat from the Dickel distillery. I have another bottle of the No.12 in the cabinet unopened and waiting for a special quiet night. That should be enough to tell anyone how much I love the taste of this whisky! 90 points for the Rye.