The nose has honey and spice; it smells like the baking aisle in a market. On the palate, the spice is in the forefront followed by the honey and some more perfume type notes. The finish is slightly bitter with a touch of honey sweetness.
This is quite different than my memories of the Rittenhouse distilled at Brown Forman and not in a good way. The sweet honey notes are a bit too prominent for my tastes. The honey gives it a floral/perfume note that hides some of the spice, and I don't generally like a lot of perfume in my whiskey. It's a very disappointing result for a whiskey that used to be an old standby at a great price.
n: pretty weak,really. Could be about any whisky. Not that there's nothing there... just nothing worthy of black ink.
P: Had I tasted this blind, I doubt I would have picked this out as rye. The honey and cereal could have passed for a Glenrothes. Perhaps together they'd be more obvious to distinguish, but I'd declare this the most so-so scotch of all the rye I've ever had.