Not to be confused with Canadian rye (which doesn’t actually have to include any rye in the mix!), an American rye whisky contains at least 51% rye in the mash bill. As with bourbon, the term "straight" can be used if the spirit has been matured in charred, new oak barrels for at least two years. Rye whiskies were the grain of choice for the America’s first distillers and rye whiskies are all the rage again. A delight from start to finish. This is a great example of American rye, spicy but not in the slightest bit sharp, acerbic or aggressive. But the fun of this whiskey is at its core, where you can find rich and irresistible dark chocolate cherry liqueur and some menthol and hickory. The finish is long and delightful.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Vanilla, clove, anise and pepper.
Palate: Candied spices and citrus.
Finish: Smooth, licorice and smoked pepper.
Retails for around £30