Iowa Legendary Rye, 40%

Price: $35 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

An unaged whiskey from Carroll County, Iowa, with rye grain and sugar mash. The nose is all kinds of barnyard funk: hay, horse, and manure. Underneath is a bite of sugar and vanilla. On the palate it's less funky, with sugar, strawberry, and a grappa-like note. The rye spice emerges mid-palate, but it's fleeting and leads to an edgy and fractured finish. Time in oak might help, but there are issues here that wood won't resolve.