TAOS Lightning 17yr Rye Review | Whiskey Raiders
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TAOS Lightning 17yr Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    KGB Spirits

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This one took me a long time to figure out. I initially went back and forth because this dram throws a lot at you. Fruits, sweets, then spice, then sweet, then dill, then spice
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  • Nose:

    Dull spearmint and dill notes followed by char and confectioners sugar. There's also this funky but oddly tasty marshmallow note I'm picking up.

  • Taste:

    Mellow and sweet with only a little hint of rye spice. No dill to speak of here and an odd orchard fruitiness. Apples and strawberries and cream with some faint clove and a modest helping of punchy rye. Its balanced but far fruitier and sweet than Id expect given the age.

  • Finish:

    Medium, fudgey and spicy. Here's that rye spice. Some cherry cola notes, still no dill and only faintly minty. Sweet, fruity and unique.

  • Overall:

    This one took me a long time to figure out. I initially went back and forth because this dram throws a lot at you. Fruits, sweets, then spice, then sweet, then dill, then spice. All over the place. Eventually though, after savoring it all, I realized I liked it a great deal. I wish it was punchier and more bold but for what it was, I really found myself enjoying every sip. For this reason, Im giving it a Rank 7 rating. This might shock some of you - it certainly surprised me at the end how much I missed it when it was gone. With a rating like this, the TAOS 17yr Rye sits among High West Rendezvous Rye, WhistlePig 10yr rye and SAOS 7yr Rye. Thanks for reading!

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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