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This is a straight Rye Whiskey which means the mash bill must contain at least 51% rye. Bottled in bond at 100proof / 50% ABV.
The colour is golden caramel and it has good legs and a nice oily sheen.
The nose is punchy with cherries, aniseed, vanilla, citrus and a floral hint. Adding a tiny drop of water brings sticky dates and develops the aniseed slightly.
Lovely on the palate. Spicy, vanilla, dark chocolate, rye, dark fruits. It's sweet, quite rich and full bodied.
The finish tingles the gums and tongue with sweet yet peppery aniseed that is slightly drying at first before then making me salivate quite a lot. Long and lingering and extremely pleasant.
This bottle had been open for 1 month and in my opinion is all the better for it. The slight oxidation has bumped it up several points. When I opened this it seemed more closed off, bitter and locked down. Now it's bigger, spicier, fresher and more full bodied.
This is a really nice Whiskey. I know opinion is subjective and I might score it differently tomorrow but I have waited before writing this review and I'm glad I did.