American – Brooklyn Rye
That Boutique-y Rye Company bottling
Batch 2 has been finished in an ex-Applejack cask which is considered a type of apple brandy.
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The nose is lighter initially than I would expect from a rye, and given it’s colour. It starts by offering Victoria sponge cake and sugared almonds, it definitely has a sweetness to it. Behind this sweetness is a slightly earthier character trying to break through however, which it begins to with time in the glass. This brings with it the spice that I expect to find in a rye, they are sweet spices though, cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of ginger. With time the sweetness dies down a little and ushers in some oaky notes.
The palate offers an initial sweetness but not like the nose, it’s cleaner and fruitier. I get apple flesh which must be coming from the Applejack cask and will explain the crispness I guess. This light, refreshing fruitiness is however backed up with a fistful of spice to completely counterbalance it, it packs a punch does this one.
This finish is long and spicy but not cloggy, still quite fresh.
This is very impressive for a 2 year old rye. Yes it’s young and that does come across but not in a bad way, the Applejack cask helps to balance it’s youthfulness out a little.
6/10 (rating for personal reference only)