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...please bear with me....
In 2009, Jim Murray published his 2010 whisky bible, in which he named the Sazerac Rye 18yo (2008 Fall edition) best whisky in the world.
This is the 2009 fall edition (the one after the 2008 edition which was 2010's best whisky (in 2009)), and we're going to see how it tastes. In 2009.
...Still with me?...
Nose - Incredibly powerful sweet rye, and delicious cinnamon-dusted french-toast. Maraschino Cherry, followed by a huge wallop of Oak. A Touch of iodine perhaps? Coconut makes an appearance right at the end.
Palate - Astringency initially, but this soon gives way to an astonishing wave of over-ripe banana.
Finish - Continuing complexity builds to a massive fanfare with Cola nut, and hazelnut latte amongst the more discernable flacours.
Overall - Massive, complex, and very, very grown-up. This is a 26 minute long rock opera of a Rye in comparison to others' 3 1/2 minute pop tracks.