In terms of flavor profile, how does it compare to the heavy hitters in the category (i.e. VWFRR, Saz 18, V21, etc.)?
I'd say its in between VWFRR and V21s profile. It's got a hint of creaminess and roundness that is pleasant but not to the levels of VWFRR. True rye character that is super fresh and vibrant, better than saz18. V21 shows its age more and the HW 16 shows its youth when compared. HW16 is a good example of a middle road between VWFRR and V21.