American Lifestyle Reviews By Katelyn Best / December 23, 2016 Laws Whiskey House is a fairly new craft distillery out of Denver, Colorado, whose whiskey first hit shelves late in 2014. We toured the distillery—the passion project of Alan Laws, a former investment banker—last year.The team at Laws uses the “craft” label perhaps more literally than most distilleries. They mean “craft” as in “arts and crafts”—specifically, the Arts and Crafts movement, a trend in design and art that sprang up in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and advocated for traditional methods, attention to detail, and a populist ethos toward thoughtful design. They draw a direct line between Laws’s hands-on distilling and distribution style, and the ideals of Arts and Crafts artists. The rectangular bottle is meant to recall a building, since architecture was an area heavily influenced by the movement.Laws’s lineup includes several four-grain bourbons (one of which, a bottled-in-bond expression, we reviewed earlier this year), malt and wheat whiskeys, and three versions of rye whiskey. This one, AD Laws Secale Straight Rye, is the lowest-priced one of the group.image via Laws Whiskey HouseTasting Notes: AD Laws Secale Straight RyeVital Stats: It’s made with 95% rye and 5% barley—both Colorado-grown—double-distilled, and aged at least three years in new American oak. It’s bottled at 100 proof. Each bottle is marked with a batch number; mine was from batch 2.Appearance: Dark, dullish copperNose: Quite grain-forward at first, with well-done toast and wholesome breakfast cereal—Cheerios?—coming in strong up front. A definite rubbery, nail polish-y chemical note is also apparent, but it quiets down after a few minutes in the glass.Some fat fruit notes are next; the smell of a bag of those sweet-sour unsulfured dried apricots comes through loud and clear in my mind. Finally, stale cardboard and a hint of vanilla.Palate: Also grain-forward, but more biscuity than toasty. The fruit is darker than what I got on the nose, more like cooked blueberries, and there’s a little baking spice. It’s prickly hot on the palate. Bitter wood lingers on the finish, which has some harshness. A little water reveals a buttery character, rendering the texture rather oily.Final Thoughts & Score/Buy A Bottle:Score: 79/100This is a decent, somewhat unexpected whiskey. The toasty grain nose isn’t what I’d expect from a 95% rye expression, although the fiery heat on the palate certainly suggests a good helping of rye. Both the nose and the palate have some intriguing facets, but overall, it comes off as disjointed, and the bitter wood/cardboard ending is a disappointment.I’m intrigued by this distillery, and by this whiskey, but it needs polish.