First of all, I dislike rye. However, I was given a taste of this at Wade's Wines and this changed my mind. One thing to note is that this batch is cask strength 127 proof. The casks were picked out by Wade's. If you do an Internet search, you will find this stuff, but it won't be cask strength and I have no idea how the watered down stuff would taste. Finally, I've realized that all the star or percentage ratings found on the Internet on bourbons, whiskies, and scotches are utterly useless bullshit, much like the star ratings on HF gear reviews. It's not that hard. Stuff is either good, very good, or great, assuming that the flavors will suit your preferences. This bottle was $129. A bit pricey and I would have definitely said rip off a few years ago. But that's just how things are. I think it's fairly priced. Some people might want to oversell you this and say it's comparable to $300 bottles. I don't think it's that good; but then again, I have a stronger preference for bourbon which is made from mostly corn. The downsides for the RE:FIND rye are that it doesn't have that last bit of refinement (probably from lack of aging) and that it could be smoother. Still it's smooth enough given that it's over 63% alcohol. The distillery aged this stuff in smaller barrels to get the product out faster instead of doing the 163 year deal. The whiskey is still very much a rye, especially upon the initial taste. The good thing is that the other yummy flavors overpower the rye. I'll borrow my kids' words when they got to sniff it since I am bad at describing this stuff: Pear, apple, hint of strawberry. Nutmeg, hint of cinnamon. Very complex and fruity with more intense flavors that build up at the throat with every sip. I saw five bottles left at the store and will probably pick another one up. Very good.