Basil Hayden's Dark Rye, 40%

Price: $40 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

A blend of American rye, Canadian rye, and port. Gentle spice and sweet vanilla appear on the nose, but the impression of browning apple, wet leaves, and oxidized red wine are somewhat dreary. Simple and sweet up front, it feels thin, like fake maple syrup, with more sweet vanilla carried on a rather light body, almost resembling some rice whiskies.