Cherrywood Smoked Rye
Sonoma Distilling Company
Peggy Noe Stevens 7.2
Nose: Robust grains and spike of oak gathers quickly. Apparent wood sugars with smoke that comes and goes. Banana bread and white raisin.
Palate: A little tight on the tongue with the tannins. The char outweighs the height of the rye note. Doughy yeast and cardamom play a role.
Finish: Somewhat sassy on the char that lingers and then it takes over the finish.
Comments: For those that like a good Ardbeg, would like this as a rye.
Susan Reigler 7.8
Nose: Cellulose herbal rye first, followed by carraway spice. There is a suggestion of unripe fruit and a little bit of baking spices.
Palate: Sweeter on the palate. Fruit notes of Granny Smith apple, unripe pear, and figs, joined by some faint smoke and new leather.
Finish: Aromatic wood note, more cedar than oak, show up at first and dries to light tannins at the ending.
Comments: A solid rye that would hold up very nicely in a Sazarac or a Manhattan.