The nose is beautiful; full of rye spice with pickling herbs, very characteristic of a strong rye and very nice. The flavor is doesn't fully follow through with the nose. There is some good spice, but also a bit of soap and a watery quality which dulls the spice. I'd like to try this at a higher alcohol level, which might allow it to retain a bit of the punch from the nose. For now, I'll just enjoy the aromas.
I purchased a bottle of this on a trip to Chicago a while back and really enjoyed it. Perhaps it was because I was sequestered working 12 days, but it really hit the spot as a nightcap. Not a very big rye, but it had a great balancing sweetness, floral character, and clean finish. I happen to like what might be described as thin dry ryes, like Old Overholt, so take that into consideration with my grade.