Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey Kentucky USA
A rich warming scent of toasted oak is instantly noticeable. This is unique for a rye, as oak usually isn’t the most powerful scent, simply because the majority of ongoing ryes on the market are relatively young. Rye spice, pepper, and baking spice follow, providing the typical rye notes one would expect. Interestingly, delicate scents of mint and pear are interwoven adding some freshness to the aroma. It’s an excellent nose overall that nicely balances the expected with the unexpected.
It's hard to deny the rye spice this whiskey features, as it hits hard and fast, yet quickly becomes tempered as the palate opens up. The focus then moves to vanilla, pear, nutmeg, and a dash of pine. This transition makes for an interesting sip, as too often rye whiskeys are one-dimensional. This whiskey also has an oily viscosity which coats the tongue in cinnamon and baking spice flavors. As an added bonus, the mouthfeel greatly enhances the whiskey and takes an already admirable palate to even greater heights.
A much more typical rye finish consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. It starts a little hot, but gently fades and mellows with the help of additional oak notes. Its oily mouthfeel transitions to provide an herbal aftertaste that further mirrors the freshness found in the nose. While it may not be the highlight of the sip, its finish is effective and certainly has its moments of welcomed intensity.