Brown sugar, cinnamon spice, vanillas can be found. It drinks more like a bourbon but the high abv. gives it that rye spice. If you are looking for a gateway into rye try this with a few drops of water. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Color is a reddish copper. Nose starts with a little ethanol, definitely needs a minute to sit and breathe. After allowing it to breathe, a mildly sweet aroma emerges. Notes of cocoa, subtle cherry, and mild spice. First sip packs a bit of a punch from the proof and rye spice; it is a little less sweet than the nose lets on, almost dry. Rye spice and black pepper are the predominate flavors on the palate initially. As acclimation to the proof and rye spice occurs, notes of cream, leather, and just a hint of tobacco finish off the palate. Finish is a long linger of the rye spice, accentuated by the drying of the palate by the high proof. Overall a fantastic example of Rye Whiskey, with a high proof high spice flavor.