Abraham Bowman Double Barrel Bourbon, 50%

Price: $70 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Hot wet oak, berries, Red Hots, and wet cornmeal. Closer to the nose, it's sharper and woodier. Lots of wood on the entry, but sweet corn and cloved hard candy, too, with heat from the 100 proof that lingers through the oaky finish. At 7 years, this is extra-spicy, and a touch of water tames the heat and the oak. Bowman's still finding its way, but the path seems right.