Man this smells great! Medium-strong caramel, cinnamon, apples, hints of dill, some other herbal-floral thing (lavender?), and a wisp of varnish.
Palate is quite good, rather sweet, with a cinnamon-clove-spice finish that lingers mildly but at length, with decent grip. That herbal-dill thing returns as well.
Nothing too unusual here, but it's good quality and pretty-tasty rye that solidly hits what I want it to. Really drinkable neat, and I think I'll enjoy this on the rocks (yep, sorry purists and The Duke) on a nice summer day or at a party. A good buy.
The nose is pure LDI with loads of pine and green wood. The palate comes on sweet and piney, like a sugar coated pine cone, or what I imagine one would taste like anyway, having never dipped a pine cone in sugar and started munching on it. That first flavor burst is nice, but it doesn't hold up; the palate goes flat midway through, ending on a bitter note. The finish is mostly bitter but there is a pleasant cooking spice in the background, and eventually the bitterness recedes and you are left with the pleasant spice and a happy feeling.
This is a big fat rye, and being a 95% LDI rye, it's quite different in character from the Kentucky ryes that are in short supply. It's imperfect, but it's bold and spicy, and for $20, it's hard to beat if you need a solid rye for sipping or mixing.