Tasting pre-Prohibition rye is an unforgettable experience. Not just for the history-in-a-glass aspect—although drinking anything made more than a century ago is pretty amazing—but because today’s rye simply doesn’t taste the same. In addition to the characteristic spice, there’s a rich, honey-like sweetness on the palate, as well as delicate floral aromas that are both delicious and revelatory for 21st century whiskey drinkers. But to a whiskey drinker from the time of the Taft administration, this was simply what rye smelled and tasted like. Hardcore whiskey fans of today are willing to chase that quality.
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