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On a sunny spring day, I got the idea to make an Old Fashioned, but what whisky to use for it? After other good experiences with Wild Turkey I gave this one a try. It has a fairly high Rye content in the mash; about 70% so I should be able to taste the rye very well.
Nose: Red fruit like cherry and strawberry, big vanilla, light spicy rye notes and a little bit of glue. It smells a bit like a young cognac.
Palate: quite assertive but soft arrival, all the flavors come at once. Its not so sweet, which I like a lot. Its quite dry actually with bitter but fresh oak, roasted nuts, cocoa, apricot brandy, Indonesian spekkoek, toffee, honey.
Finish: The first wave quickly fades, but a warming glow remains for quite a while with cocoa, wooddust, cloves, honey, mocha and some strange but tasty green vegetal notes. Green asparagus or who ever heard of the vegetable Bimi? Something like that.
Compared to the violent power and bursting bold flavors of the Millstone 100 rye, this is the happy, easy to drink, summery equivalent/counterpart. It serves the purpose of making an Old Fashioned beautifully, better than most bourbons. Because of the dryness, more creativity in the sweetener is possible. (try maple syrup, honey, demerara sugar) but what I later found out when the bottle was nearly empty, it kind of holds up as a sipper too.