Color: Rich polished copper, Mahogany color with pretty stubborn large teardrops eventually turning into slow moving oily legs.
Nose: Subtle and surprisingly way more on the fruity side than you would expect rather being spicy... Peaches, bananas and nutmeg. Salted caramel, vanilla extract and apple and pear compote. Cookie dough, hot chocolate and spearmint laves. It is not powerful or punchy but quite enjoyable.
Palate: Still very even-tempered but all the spicy notes the nose didn't offer are here: Cinnamon, red pepper flakes and nutmeg. Some Calvados-like fruitiness: Baked apple and pears, toasted wood and ground cloves. Canned peaches, rum and raisin ice cream and green herbs: Tarragon, marjoram and fennel fronds. Slightly thin texture for a 50% abv spirit but no complaints here. Actually makes it perfect for mixed drinks.
Finish: This is where the spices peak the most... Medium long with black pepper, paprika and allspice. Oak and raisins.
Overall: This whiskey is definitely one of my favorite rye whiskeys at its price range with Old Forester Rye... It's always a good idea to have a bottle at home and always a good sign to spot one on a bar shelf when you walk into one. Seriously solid whiskey for the price you end up paying for...