Taos Lightning Governor's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Rye
First Look: Bright vibrant gold in color with a thin clear hue.
Nose: "Varnish, sawdust, crème brûlée, light vanilla, cinnamon candy dust and a complex layer of caramel."
At first, the varnish wafts from the glass but then fades to sawdust. The crème brûlée steps up with hints of vanilla and the cinnamon candy melds with deep layers of caramel.
Palate: "Soft and delicate, showcasing the Rye with a nice balance of cinnamon candy, sawdust, and vanilla."
On the mid palate, this succulent Rye shows a crème brûlée layer of sweetness and a nice touch of caramel.
Finish: The finish is long, sweet and spicy with a nice coating layer of caramel and a touch of dusty cinnamon candy.
Fair Trade: $45
Verdict: At $45, this bottling is a must have. I found this to be great neat or on-the-rocks. It kills in a cocktail since its complex flavors work in perfect harmony. This has less cinnamon than your average Rye, which puts it on the next level. I’m definitely keeping it on hand.
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Santa Fe, NM 87508
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