N: Lightly woody with traces of pine. Sweet with caramel, a light touch of confectioner' sugar, some gentle cinnamon and a touch of anise.
P: Medium richness, wood at the entry and a gentle cinnamon build. Wood lightens but remains present; more toffee and a touch of maple syrup in the background. Gentle heat and a reasonable balance between wood and sweetness. Slightly bready, like a fresh doughnut.
F: Sweet with a slightly minty note for a second, but then predominantly on wood with a little cinnamon and rye. Ever so slightly bitter; a little nutmeg goes along with the wood.
Pretty good. Not a bad rye for the price, in fact.
The nose is sweet and piney, like a sugar coated pine needle. The palate is very similar to the aforementioned Canadian ryes with strong, earthy, piney notes and a bit of brine but some sweetness as well. The finish is decidedly spicy and briny.
In comparing Jefferson's to the other two Canadian straight ryes, WhistlePig is stronger, and Masterson's is slightly more nuanced. When it comes right down to it, though, they are strikingly similar. Given that similarity, you might as well buy the cheaper one, and that is clearly Jefferson's.