I'll just add on to this thread. Cheryl Lins was kind enough to send me some of her Deleware Pheonix Distillery Rye: One sample of new make, and one sample of that same rye whiskey aged for just three months. She also sent some white dog corn whiskey.
White Dog Corn Whiskey - 110 Proof: It's nice and clear, and has some thin coating action on the sides of the Glencairn glass. It has a sharply volatile nose of strong corn. It smells great. As good as any white dog I've nosed anywhere. I can never nose out the small grains. The flavor is of warm cornbread fresh from the oven. It has a nice oily mouth feel. The finish is extremely quick and suprisingly smooth with no harshness at all. Very easy drinking even at 110 proof.
New Make Rye Whiskey - 103 Proof: Guess What? It's clear too! HaHa! A somewhat subdued nose of faint corn; something close to rye flour or ryebread, and something a little spicey that I can't quite put my finger on - coriander seed perhaps. I don't get anything fruity like Mike Veach got from his. The flavor is where I get something peachy, and the finish is SWEET! Damn! That was totally unexpected. There is some late arrival of a bit of heat along with a bit of a bite, and some pepper too. This is pretty interesting as most unaged whiskies that I have tasted are very much monodimensional and rough. NOT these beauties from DPD.
DPD Rye Whiskey Aged Three Months - No proof written on the bottle: The color of very young whiskey never ceases to amaze me. Here we have a very nice golden hue along with some good viscosity/coating action in the glass with good legs. The nose gives evidence of rising complexity with just smallest hint of oak. In the flavor the corn and rye grain are more amalgamated. Spice notes are just begining to become pronounced, and it's not nearly so sweet anymore. This holds great promise for the future. It doesn't take much age for the true rye whiskey character to leap out! Tastes like a good solid rye to me. Not harsh or hot in anyway. A good finish that will only improve with age. There is some rye and black pepper heat in the finish of a nearly medium length.
Thanks Cheryl for sending me some of your whiskey and trusting me enough to write about it! You've got some winners here.