Note by Serge Valentin from whiskeyfun.com:
Crater Lake Rye (40%, OB, Bendistillery, Oregon, +/-2015)The mash bill containing 95% rye, and the distillers not claiming to the opposite, this is most likely young sourced whiskey from MGP – even if it says ‘handcrafted’ on the label. At least they haven’t ‘just found, in an old drawer, grandpa’s forgotten recipe that was such a hit before prohibition’. Colour: gold. Nose: easy, rather light, delicately spicy and caramely, with some vanilla and whiffs of geranium flowers, then more caraway and cinnamon. Really gentle. Mouth: indeed, it’s light and easy rye, with some fudge and some caramel, notes of buckwheat, bitter oranges, lavender sweets, and again some caraway. Finish: medium, bready. Even more caraway. A bitterness in the aftertaste. Comments: fine, but at 40% vol., it may lack the punch that you may find in, say Bulleit’s Rye.SGP:451 - 78 points.