At this point, I haven't had enough rye whiskies to determine whether it is that I don't like rye whiskey or whether I just don't like the few I've sampled. I have a plan to remedy that. But until then, my impression of this particular bottle is that it is harsh all around. It smells enough like bourbon that you might expect a little sweetness, but it is sharp on the tongue and even a little hard to swallow. I wouldn't hold out hope that it would finish any differently, because it does not.