A.D. Laws Secale Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye (Barrel #29), 55%

Price: $90 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Mashbill of 95% rye, 5% malt; both Colorado-sourced. Aged 3 years in full-size barrels. Same grass and spice in the nose as the Straight Rye, but a sweet, almost sherry-like note as well. Flavors are similar—rye grain, bitter oil, alcohol heat—but there's an added hit of dry cocoa, more heat, and a better, non-sticky finish with a grudging hint of sweetness at the end. Dialed up overall.