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Wiser's Small Batch

A great everyday rye

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@jfpilonReview by @jfpilon

28th Jun 2012


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Recent addition to the Wiser's stable, it's a very affordable rye with a nose of spice cake: caramelized sugar, cloves, nutmeg and Jamaican pepper with a hint of candied apple and orange peel boiled. A beautiful dark vanilla is added and is followed by green wood, compost and fresh cranberry. One of the most spicy nose that you can find. I said, spice cake, but I might as well have said fruitcake, club lion style.

The mouth is a beautiful spicy vanilla with cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of fresh toffee and apple-cranberry. Not to mention a beautiful green wood with clove and a long spicy finish.

Adding water brings a floral nose and wrings out the sweetness and a somewhat medicinal taste. A bit like clove oil syrup. It thus becomes a much cooler and fresher whisky.

Superb. We take it with water in summer and straight the rest of the year.

Rye has quite a bit of spice, but Wiser's found a way to not get too earthy, a taste often associated with rye whisky. If you want to see a rye heavy bourbon for which it they were not able to balance that so well, try the Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon. Barley sugar and earth. Strange

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