Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider, is chaos for the fly.
I guess their European customers are not so inquisitive.
Perhaps one of our European members would care to chime in and tell us exactly what is on the label there.
Shoppers Vineyard has their barrel available, for those who want to do mail-order. Three years old, 115.3 proof:
I just got a few bottles in and I must say I am impressed for such a young rye..
As for color I find it a bit darker than I expected. The nose is spice, honey, oak, ginger and a real sweetness. Very attractive with little of the proof coming forward.
As for the palate this is a very sweet rye... lots of honey, gingerbread and a rum/raisin ice cream kind of flavor. The mint is there but to my palate it is very reserved unlike the Bulliet Rye which was like mouth wash. No bitterness and surprisingly the heat while there is not a distraction. Decent complexity, good balance and what is most unusual, a nice long finish. I still can't get over the sweetness of this rye.... and I am a sucker for sweetness. Helping the length is the fact that it has a very creamy and coating mouth feel. To me this shows far better than a 3YO, possibly due to the proof. The best of the Willett 3YO rye's so far. This will make a kick ass Manhattan or Sazerac....
"The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"
This has probably been covered but whose juice is this? LDI?
Col. Charles K. "Crotchety" Cowdery
"Whiskey Don't Keep."