Black Maple Hill- Oregon Straight Rye Whiskey 2017

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47.5% alcohol/Vol 95 Proof

This is not the tall bottle of Black Maple Hill that is so highly coveted and revered.  Once sourced from Kentucky, now the juice is from Oregon.  This bottle has taken what was once a highly sought after name and tarnished it a bit.  Having not ever tasted Black Maple Hill before, I assume that the original juice would have been tremendously better than what I picked up recently.   I feel very lucky that the shop owner in Missouri gave me a multiple bottle discount, because the suggested MSRP of $80 would have been a tough number to swallow after tasting it.

Nose

The nose is very distinct, with scents of Licorice, Peppercorn, dried fruit and oak.

Eye

The appearance is dark copper with thin legs.

Mouth

The initial tasting notes are dry and slightly odd with flavors of Licorice, almonds, and oak.  The follow up flavors are more unique for ryes, with paprika and red pepper notes.  The finish is long, dry, and spicy.  I feel like this is a novelty bottle that is something fun to experience, but please don’t pay full price unless these are the flavor profiles you’re looking for, but this isn’t my glass of rye.

Rating: 🥃🥃

 

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