Barrel Proof Rye
Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: Fresh pear and butterscotch. Milk chocolate and brilliant nuttiness of roasted peanuts. Bread crust, herbal cascade of sage, and finally oak.
Palate: Blast of cornmeal and buttered popcorn. Slight mint with dense oak and tobacco. Marshmallow and golden-brown sugar. Black pepper.
Finish: Drying leather and black pepper with some warm caramel.
Comments: The finish has some oak muscle and grains galore.
Nose: Rising rye bread dough, vanilla, caramel, raisins, and a pinch of allspice. Very gentle nose – impressive given the proof.
Palate: Rich mouthfeel delivering umami and fruit notes. Grilled pork tenderloin sauced with mango and ginger chutney and rounded out with some peppery, almost smoky, oak.
Finish: Rye herbs surface, beginning with faint dill and rolling to oak and black pepper.
Comments: Very well balanced. Treat this whiskey with respect.