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Coming form the world of single scotch malts, I've tasted this one as my first american whisky and rye in general. The cheap price and the decent reviews created a somewhat mixed feeling of what to expect, though. So here are my thoughts:
Nose: at first i thought Rye, Rye and...Rye. Very spicy, quite complex (or unsusual based on my experience) but also a little Vanilla and sweetness in the background. The longer I smelled it and after some sips, it got a little more balanced in my nose but still quite new terrain. (19)
Taste: Quite strong and intense Rye. Spices and wood. No more sweetness. But quite nice and tasty ;) (20)
Finish: Average length, quite warming, a little dry, lots of wood and oak, still spicy. In the final 3rd a lil bitter. (20)
Balance and conclusion: In my opinion not a very well balanced Whisky. (18) But a very nice entry point to the world of Rye Whisky at a decent price. Aromas are quite limited and even at 40% it feels quite strong. However, this all could be a lil influenced by my first real Rye experience ;) A nice dram though...will continue to check out higher quality Rye's to get a better feel for it.