Balcones Texas Pot Still Straight (Batch 19-1), 46%

Price: $30 Issue: Summer 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Oily, earthy, and a bit vegetal on the nose, with nori, moss, caramel corn, toasted pecans, barbecue potato chips, and butterscotch haystacks. The oily-textured palate is heavy on smoky char, roasted corn and nuts, savory mesquite-cooked meat, and spearmint. On the finish, it's all cigar wrapper, dark chocolate, mint oil, and coffee bean, with plenty of lingering char flavor.