Nose: A far bigger and far richer nose than the Wheat whisky. Offering up ginger bread, cinnamon and dried fruit, you have all the subtlety of the wheat with the harder rye character fighting back.
Palate: Plenty of oak and spice, ginger nut biscuits, apple strudel and a distinctive flavor that I only get with well, Rye. Not quite as refined as the wheat whiskey, the rye is dominating the overall character with the subtle wheat charm losing out. The extra strength gives the mouth feel some real oomph.
Finish: The gingerbread comes back into the picture and a big hit of oak, spice and vanilla.
Overall: An interesting dram and would appeal to the whisk(e)y drinkers in pursuit of stronger flavor. Those of you who read these posts will know I'm very much of a peaty persuasion and although there's been no peat anywhere near this whiskey I really like it. Maybe it's not quite as refined as the wheat whiskey before, but it's got more guts and that ticks the boxes for me, whiskey you know you're drinking.