Black Maple Hill Straight Oregon Rye Whiskey
The color is a dark brown with copper overtones. On first pour the glass gives off an assorted nose with hints of licorice, dried fruit, and almond or nutmeg all nestled in a stealthy reminiscence of oak. The vapors are not overpowering and easy on the nostrils. I took some extra time here to admire the aroma and found it a pleasurable beginning to this taste adventure.
The mouth feel is thin with a medium warm sensation on the tongue and an upfront sweetness of licorice and more almond and nutmeg. The juice settles in the back of the throat with candy sweetness, nutmeg, hints of pistachio and oak spice. It has a medium finish that is warm and smooth with a tingle of sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and that reminiscence of the oak spice.
This juice drinks like a smooth young whiskey. The ABV is 47.5% with no age statement, with some observers guessing it is in the two to four year range.