Backbone Bourbon Uncut (batch 13), 56.5%

Price: $55 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Right up front, there's really rich caramel with a lovely vanilla undertone. Then fruit, and lots of it: blackberries, blueberries, baked apples, and canned peaches, followed by wood, nutmeg, and maple syrup. It's borderline complex, with a seamless balance and transition to the flavors. Extraordinarily rich caramel reappears over a medium, buttery, and satisfying finish.