STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY // KENTUCKY, USA
Very popular with rye aficionados, this is a must try rye for those trying to expose themselves to the rich flavours of rye whisky. Rich in flavour and full of complex notes that run the gamut from sweet to savoury to spicy and back again it’s everything you want in a good quality whiskey and a strong and fearless bannerman for the rye category.
This complex, potent spirit is perfect for a rye Manhattan, and amazingly won ‘World’s Best American Whiskey’ at the World Whisky Awards 2010, beating off competition from the more popular George T. Stagg. Overall this rye is about as balanced, flexible and versatile as they come. Delicious neat? Check. Holds up on the rocks? Check. Amazing in cocktails? Double check.
To the eye, the rye is a dark rich caramel with hints of copper. Light on the nose, the rye spice floats out first followed by a modest caramel and vanilla. Pepper, leather and fresh tobacco mix with rye spice, a dusty oak and tiny bit of iodine to make for a light, but pleasant, sniffing experience.
Big bold rye spice floods the palate along with honey, red pepper, cinnamon and caramel syrup. There is a bit of fruit apple & pear and some leather hanging out in the back.
A splash of water brings out the vanilla, whereas ice seems to bring out more of the rye and in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned it makes one hell of a statement. The finish is long and delicious with the rye fading to some oak with a hint of caramel, corn and barley.
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