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Balcones Single Barrel American Oak Single Malt (Barrel #16582), 63.3%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Persimmon pudding, guava juice, baked apple, blueberry, and pineapple on the nose, as well as fresh clay, pencil shavings, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salty ham. The palate is big and chewy, with Popsicle stick, dried chile, roasted nuts, black pepper, and juicy guava and pineapple. More tropical fruit rounds out the palate, mingling with pepper, nuts, and plenty of dry oak.