This is a 5 year straight rye from the Frank L. Wight Distilling Co. It was distilled in 1941 and bottled in 1946 at 45% ABV.
Nose: Rye grain with overarching sour notes, prominent oak, coriander, and heavy molasses.
Palate: Very peppery rye full of clay and dusty, old oak. Slightly sour here as well with more thick molasses notes.
Finish: Pepper lingers along with rye grain for a long time as the oak fades.
Rating: 92/100 – I never know what to expect with these really old distillates, but this one left me impressed. Too bad they don’t make these anymore…
Value for the money: I bought into a bottle split of this one as it was damaged in shipping by the purchaser. I bought in at roughly a $480 bottle valuation which I wouldn’t pay for a whole bottle, but I’m glad I was able to try.