Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.3
Nose: Brown sugar glazed pecans. Caramel popcorn and toffee. Slight black licorice whip, hint of clove and allspice. Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.
Palate: Rye first then honey-granola notes. White pepper and mint. Add a splash of water to release some butterscotch and yellow apple.
Finish: Warm and sweet with soft spice.
Comments: A very approachable rye that can slide down an ice block for an enjoyable sippin’ whiskey.
Susan Reigler – 9.0
Nose: Distinctive spicy herbal rye note, with warm caramel and a whiff of caramelized lemon peel.
Palate: The initial taste is of caraway and horehound. Caramel and brown sugar mid-palate with ginger spice, more lemon peel.
Finish: Sweet with the brown sugar and caramel and dries out nicely without a trace of bitterness.
Comments: Adding a little water brings out nutty flavors and more ginger.