In terms of value for money this is excellent! You get a whiskey that is comparable in many ways to the best from Scotland's single malts at a very acceptable price.
I bought this after looking at American whiskeys in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible and he scores it highly - I usually like his high scorers and this is no exception to that rule. I've tried Buffalo Trace (superb) and Woodford Reserve (some excellent but it varies) and thought it was time to try a pure rye. I'm not one to describe things in some of the exotic terms used by the professionals but in my view this is a really enjoyable straight rye; perfect on its own or with a touch of water.
Mustn't forget to mention the excellent, fast, service from the suppliers Dram Good Drinks.
Bought another bottle more recently and found it a bit disappointing - Bulleit rye is 10 times better!
A few years ago I had a bottle of this, but the taste of my current bottle from Christmas 2014 seems a bit lacking in the flavor from then. The first bottle kicked like a mule with full flavor, a biting, almost acid like lingering taste on the tongue, plenty of oak barrel taste. This time it taste "cleaner" almost watery, lacking in the same biting flavor it had 3-4 years ago. It's supposedly based on a Revolutionary War formulation, similar to what my American forefathers drank. It says 3 years old, but not "aged" 3 years. As for taste, it's like it spent a year in a lightly burned oak barrel. Almost no after taste to it now. Sad, it really used to give you that "retro" feeling in a whiskey, but now it's only a bit more biting than Canadian Club, which is a smooth whiskey. It was a gift this year, but I will probably look for another straight rye instead, unless I hear it's returned to it's former glory.
There isn't as much variation in US whiskeys as in scotch malt whiskies - but difference there is. Found this rye by accident and loved it just on the rocks. It also makes a great sazerac when mixed with absente! Great value at this price, and my local drinks merchant cannot always get supplies - so on-line is the way to go.
Usually drink Bourbon. Tried this and Jim Beam Rye for a change. Oh boy, these are better. Sharper with a less sweet taste. This one is slightly sharper than Jim Beam Rye therefore I prefer Jim. Even though, this is an excellent Whiskey.