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15 Stars - First West Fine Aged Rye Whiskey - Review

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15 Stars

First West - Fine Aged Rye

A Select Blend of Straight Rye Whiskeys

Aged 6 Years (6, 7 & 8 Year Ryes)

Batch 001 / Bottle 2613

Distilled in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee

Bottled in Kentucky

52.5% Alc/Vol / 105 Proof

Mashbill: Various - Blended

Price: $89

Poured Neat in a Glencairn

Appearance: Amber

Nose: Dark Fruits, Baking Spices, Sprig of Mint

Palate: Light Dried Fruits, Black Tea, Chocolate, Mint and a touch of Leather & Tobacco

Finish: Medium to a Long Lingered Pepper Spice with a coating of Honey and Sweet Cream

Overall: "In 1795, America's 'First West' centered on Kentucky, the 15th State and the only state west of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as two US Territories around Kentucky known as the NW Territory and the SW Territory." - Bottle Label

I'm not surprised with how delicious this offering actually is. Coming on the heels of the Triple Cask and the Private Stock 7 & 15 Year Blend, this sets that bar another level higher. I tend to pick up quite a bit of mint on my palate when sipping certain Rye Whiskey. This is no exception. But add the delectable flavors and notes mentioned above and the combination works marvelously. A 91 Point rating from IWSL! But I still want to know what that 5th judge scored this one. Ha! This is quite special.

Thank you once again to the great folks at 15 Stars for providing this sample with no strings attached. The mail-calls have been quite impressive!

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Library Rating: 8.3 / 10


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