If you like sticking a lit firecracker down your throat this is the whiskey for you. Absolute rock gut whiskey that makes me think its what the cowboys got at the saloon. I'd give it a 0 stars if I could.
Incredible aroma - vanilla, plums, oak, sweet flowers. After taking in the wonderful nose of this whiskey, I had high hopes for the taste, and was pleased, but also a little bit disappointed. The taste is certainly nice - with notes of dark fruit and the expected rye spiciness - but it didn’t “knock me over” the way that I’d anticipated when I first opened the bottle and caught a whiff of the aroma. Added a few drops of water and DID NOT like the result...the finish completely fractured and it took on a funky, “wet cardboard” aftertaste. Much better straight or in a cocktail. This may not become my “daily drinker,” but will definitely earn a place in my “I want something different” rotation. Makes a TERRIFIC Manhattan! All things considered, glad I bought - and will likely purchase again.
I have enjoyed this bottle as my first significant rye experience. I'm a fan of port, so I thought a port-barrel aged rye was a great and unique place to start. I'll admit that my ability to detect subtle flavors and aromas is still under development, but the flavor spiral for this one seems fairly spot on. It's easy to down a few glasses of this smooth-drinking rye.