Baltimore Spirits Co. Epoch Rye (Batch 1), 50%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

This is one for the oak fanatics. Wood and grain assert themselves right from the start, but the nose retains balance with aromas of butterscotch, fresh ginger, and herbs. The oak-forward palate shows pleasant flavors of cherry cough drop, dark chocolate, blackberries, red licorice, star anise, and ginger. Oak continues on the finish, which has nice length. Don't be shy about adding water.