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This was my first rye whisky so there was some suspense in the air. That's why Agatha Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye is more than suitable as my movie reference (yes, there's been a TV movie about it).
A Pocket Full of Rye is exactly what this Jim Beam dram is. Even though I hadn't tasted rye whisky before, I knew what rye was about. A very popular grain for us Finns.
I must say, I'm gonna like rye whiskys. I started with a cheaper one and it tasted okay. How good can it get with the top players of rye whisky?
Nose: Light aromas. Honey and fruits with some gingery/stingy vanilla notes.
Taste: Strong rye, like tasting Finnish rye bread that's been marinated with spices. Some bitter and sweet notes appear: wood and vanilla.
Finish: Short and spicy, feels like a quick breeze of peppers and barbecue spices on its way down.
Balance: Otherwise pretty mellow but strong on the taste because of the rye.