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Adirondack Distilling 601 Bourbon, 43.2%

Price: $65 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

The bottle states “Aged less than four years” but the nose says probably less than two. Unseasoned oak and sawdust dominate the nose. If you can get through the oak you'll find honey, corn, cinnamon, and beef jerky. On the palate it's dry cornmeal, caramel, and a hefty portion of abrasive oak. The mid-palate is big spice with cinnamon, black pepper, clove, and oak. A short dry finish puts a bow on a whiskey that's overly tannic, dry, and oaky.