ABV: 45 %
Origin: Indiana, USA
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Nose: This is black pepper and candy cane. There’s pine and a hint of basil. It’s herbal and grassy. There’s also a vanilla sweetness and a hint of oak peeking through. After opening up in the glass the whole thing turns to dill pickle juice.
Mouth: The pine and the dill pickle juice are dominant. There’s spicy flavours such as mustard and anis, and a fruitiness with some green grapes and apples. When the oak arrives it’s very dry and astringent. It’s still herbal and grassy and the vanilla is hanging on. A feint sour lemon note hides in the background and comes forward after a few sips.
Finish: The pine note is prominent with the green grapes and apples now accompanied by a honey sweetness. It’s still grassy and peppery, but soon a very heavy oak note takes over everything. It turns very astringent and now it tastes like dry soil and weathered oak. After a second or two the dill pickle juice returns and keeps the oak company all the way to the finish line. The mustard spicyness builds up in the end.
This rye is aged for around 6 years. The mashbill contains 95 % rye and 5 % malted barley. It’s stated that it’s sourced whisky from MGP in Indiana.