Excerpt: The palate reverses the equation, opening with vanilla and coconut, accented by tropical fruit, hops and cocoa, plus cinnamon and clove emerging on the drying finish. Adding water brings more vanilla and coconut forward.
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Caramel, wet cardboard (a weird papery note I get in a lot of younger ryes), molasses, pleasant rye spice, cereal grains and a good hint of brown sugar. There's almost no signature BF banana here but there is some hints of a light fruitiness. It's light though and very faint.
Medium thin mouthfeel, no heat. Mild banana here but only just so - followed by lots of sweet caramel and some sugar. There's an odd lack of activity here. No heat, mild flavors despite the relative boldness of the caramel / sugar. Kinda just halts.
Medium and also gentle. No sign of proof or heat here. It grows spicier and slightly astringent but this is a welcome balance with the one-note show of caramel and sugar laced with light fruit.
It's really awesome to see some variety and expedition in the Jack Daniel's line and since I love rye, this was also welcome. Unfortunately, this rye isn't my new favorite rye. It's good, but a little boring and sort of expensive. That being said, it doesn't have any gaping flaws and it was delicious either way. I'm giving this dram a Rank 5.
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