Upon first inspection most people are going to say, "woah, this tastes like spiced rum" and I don't think you're in the wrong. The sweet spices of this rye remind my palate of a flavorful spiced rum. My first, second and third impression is that of bright and sweet vanilla with oak. The bottle reads something about dried fruits with muted vanilla flavors and I've got to contend with that a bit... it's more of a sweet vanilla and cake with muted hints of whisky.
Spiced rum is an acquired taste but this Canadian spiced whiskey is quite unique. Derrick does a sample test and reviews the whiskey. He also offers a few fun ideas on how to incorporate the whiskey into a unique cocktail.