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Tom’s Foolery Bonded, 50% Price: $50.00

Brand: Tom's Foolery
Category: Craft Whiskey

One of the first non-Kentucky bonded bourbons since the 1950s. There’s trepidation in this glass. Floral, pear, peach, and chocolate tickle the nose, leading to relief that its aroma isn’t over-oaked like some smaller distillers’ bourbons. Apricot meets dark chocolate, mint, and smoked corn, with hints of caramel, walnut shell, and a long, chicory-coffee finish. The taste is definitely not Kentucky but is convincingly delicious, especially the bitter notes toward the end. Taste this lineage; something special is starting.
(Summer 2016) Reviewed by: Fred Minnick

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Tom’s Foolery Ohio Straight Bourbon (barrel 19), 61.5% Price: $60.00

Brand: Tom's Foolery
Category: Craft Whiskey

With 4 years 3 months of age, this is a fine selection, with poached pear, stone fruit, brown sugar, and floral aromas nicely integrated. At cask strength, it serves up a bold and spicy punch to the palate, with peppery notes that quickly overpower the dried corn, treacle, and caramel sweetness. A little water allows that sweetness to shine through before the slightly tannic finish of drying oak and black walnut. (Lincoln Road Package Store exclusive)
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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