This spirit is essentially new-make, being less than 30 days old when put into the bottle. It's made from two-thirds rye (malted? unmalted? a mix? we're not sure) and one-third hand-malted barley, where the malting was done with light smoke from 60% apple wood and 40% cherry wood.
Wasmund's Rye Spirit, 62% ABV
Essentially new-make spirit
Price range, 750 mL: $27-32
Nose: A bit of rye spice, plus young fruit and a whiff of malted barley.
Palate: Red apple with a toasty rye backbone.
Finish: Clean, bright fruit.
Rating (of 100): 83. Pretty straightforward (whaddya expect?) but nice overall. I think it's a bit of an improvement over the 100% malted barley spirit, though I won't be chasing either one down as long as I can get my hands on some really nice aged whisky for the same price.