What the nose lacks the taste more than makes up for. Big bold rye spice floods the palate along with honey, red pepper, cinnamon and caramel syrup (like Torani, not the ice cream topping). There is a bit of fruit like those apple pear hybrids and some leather hanging out in the back. Subtle, but definitely making themselves known. A splash of water kicks up the vanilla, ice seems to bring out more of the rye and in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned it makes one hell of a statement.