Company on Label: Heaven Hill
Whiskey Type: Straight Rye Whiskey
Mash Bill Percentages: 35% Corn, 51% Rye, 14% Barley
Age: 6 years
Further identification: Purchased early 2020
Great caramel forward nose for a rye, definitely suggests that this must be a "barely legal" rye. Dust and some kind of floral note that kind of reminds me of a retirement home (in a good/nostalgic way). Peppery citrus. The herbal notes are unique for me; I can't quite nail it down. It is kind of earthy like perhaps a spring garden that is just getting started but not in full growth phase. Sweet flavors are present but sitting in the background on the nose. Palate is also very unique. Chocolate covered raisins and medicinal... pear? Great tobacco note is now present on the nose as this opens. Okay we are settling into a more reasonable profile now. Really everything has come together well so far. Cherry is settling in with a slight cinnamon spice that is like a dark cola without the sugar. A light spice and lingering vanilla produce a more than satisfying finish.