Arizona Distilling Desert Durum Wheat, 46%

Price: $45 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Extremely dark color; aged in ten-gallon barrels. A thick burbling nose, full of dark aromas: smoke, molasses, earth, and moist tobacco, with a sharp woody twist around the outside. The mouth recapitulates much of that, but in a brighter fashion…and then the small barrel takes over; tight, intense wood that blows out everything else and leaves the tongue tingling. I find it hard to tease out any spirit character; what's this whiskey taste like under the wood?