.36 Cask Strength Texas Straight (Batch 560), 67.1%

Price: $90 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Pleasant grapey and oak-influenced berry aromas on the nose. Sizzling and spicy on the palate, but water ushers in a rich array of flavors—raspberries, chocolate, bitter espresso, walnut, and pepper spice. Heat and lots of spice reemerge on the finish, with the berry and chocolate notes lingering. Hot and powerful, but it's worth braving the heat for this one. A bit of water turns a sledgehammer into a flavorful, friendly whiskey.