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.
n: straightforward nose, rye spice - heavy on the vanilla, and inviting. Pumpkin pie spices and graham crackers.
t: smooth and simple, very easy to drink with a nice rye forward profile and vanilla oak from the cask. Not much depth, it's just too light. I wish they wouldn't have had it above 40% ABV so there would be more intensity and flavor. It still comes off as young (new makey). This would be fine for manhattans with less Vermouth portion.