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As its name implies, this whisky is madeof at least 51% rye and has spent at least two years in charred new oak barrels. It is bottled at 50%.
The nose is a bit closed and initially offers top soil and oil of cloves.
The palate is first a spicy vinegar then becomes spicy. Clove and cinnamon dominates. The result is sweet and medicinal. It reminds me of the little sweet cinnamon-shaped goldfish you can get from the candy store. The wood and earth comes to the finish, but always sweet. Like barley sugar.
By adding water, I perceive aromas of cedar and ginger. Also notes of furniture polish. On the palate, molasses comes to the front with cinnamon and a little butter and pepper. A lot better. The final finally becomes wooded.
Less complex than the Wiser's Small Batch, my goto rye, but well done.