Nose – A floral and sweet bouquet. This is really great. It carries the classic Whistlepig rye nose to a new level with some oak and just tons of floral notes.
Taste – Mouthfeel is big, soft, and…velvety. While it’s not thick or heavy, there’s just a certain structure that’s great. Sweet caramel stands out first before the barrel influence shows up. The oak is there, but not in a big way. This is a bourbon drinker’s rye with the amount of caramel and vanilla playing here, the rye stands up more after a few seconds.
Finish – This finishes for a while. At 109.5 proof it’s not hot at all, but that proof certainly plays well with the rye spiciness after the “Sweet Oak” fades away. If you’ll suffer through me getting poetic here, the finish really bounces between two different feelings: it’s a sweet floral summer breeze, and it’s also a golden caramel sunset that ends with spicy autumn rye. How’s that for a ridiculously pompous description? You’re welcome!