This is a single barrel of rye distilled at Driftless Glen and selected by the Colorado Bourbon & Rye Collectors. Taking this picture, I realize now that perhaps my 5+yr old glencairns need to be put to rest in favor of newer, much less scarred ones. Anyways, this comes from barrel #1558 and was bottled at barrel proof with no filtering. Let's get to it.
Sweet toffee, cinnamon roll and waffle cone. Dessert on the schnozz. Nice pastry note with some great oak on the nose.
Sweet on the palate, though not the richest mouth feel. Heat is very much in check for almost 60% ABV. Apples, pears, plums, sweet cream and a dollop of honey. Almonds, almost an orgeat character, with orange peel. Heat grows a bit with time, but matches the impressive flavor well.
Long finish but the heat starts to take the reigns. Fruits fate, giving way to more vanilla, almond, wafer cookie. A bit younger on the finish, the youth is clear but by no means offensive.
I really like this. The nose and the palate are outstanding, its only weekend manifesting itself in the finish. This isn’t the best rye single barrel I’ve had from them, but it’s still a good rye, with plenty going for it. In 2 years, I bet this barrel would slay.