Copper & Cask “Melted Eye” Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey (MI-222)
Age: 5 Years
Recipe: 51% rye, 49% malted barley
Price Paid (MSRP): $70 ($70)
Nose: Peppermint, clove, cinnamon, malt, caramel, nutmeg.
Palate: Drinks well below proof, moderate to thick mouth feel, oily and viscous, spearmint, herbal, malt, toffee, fresh oak, and pepper spice.
Finish: Long, peppermint spice, and menthol. Minor dill note and gentle oak.
Rating: 83/100 – Excellent | Really quite exceptional
This stuff is just fantastic. I love the super minty flavor profile and it drinks well below its spicy 119 proof. I can’t say I remember ever trying a rye with such a high percentage of malted barley. It’s really interesting and subtle, with the malt and toffee notes doing a great job of complimenting and tempering the bolder herbal rye portion. I’m excited to see more of this strange MGP mash bill making its way to other NDPs. It seems to be a winner.