I was in the mood for a rye last week and picked this bottle up. Bottle open for a week, pour is neat in a glencairn.
Nose: Nippy for 90.4 proof at first but setttles down after sitting for a few minutes. Fruit and vanilla. Think blackberry, red caramel apples, and pears covered in congealed vanilla cream. You know, that dessert fruit salad. Light and delicate.
Palate: Fruity and delicate. Sugar wafers, berries, apple. There is a bit of rye spice as well near the end but no grain notes or nutty notes (which is what I prefer in a rye.) Still getting vanilla fruit salad, and an oaky bitterness.
Finish: Short, starts fruity, ends a bit bitter. Not much rye spice.
Overall: This is a light, delicate, fruity rye. It's not bad, but not really my preference for the style. And at $30USD I think there are better options. Going forward, I'll forgo the glencairn and enjoy this in an old fashioned glass, make no fuss about examining it, and have larger pours. It's sessionable if nothing else.