N: Gently spicy on the nose with some cinnamon and black pepper, a fair amount of wood, a far-off pine quality. Light sweetness as well; quite mellow with age. Faint orchard-type scents; a little floral. Reminds me of the kind of subtly floral quality of a really ripe Fuji apple when you smell near the stem.
P: Nice, medium mouthfeel - gently spiced. Cinnamon, a faint dash of cayenne, touch of white pepper, plenty of wood and a bit of pine. Everything is nicely balanced.
F: A little heat and the wood is slightly bitter. Finish has some bubblegummy sweetness initially, but starts to slowly dry. Faintly medicinal.
Always a good rye. 2011 seems a touch too far on the wood presence, but I wouldn't turn it down.