Barrell Cask Strength Blend of Straight Bourbons (Batch 025), 56.7%,

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

This basks in beautiful baking spices—clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon—with toasty oak and candle wax hinting at its maturity. The palate is wonderfully dense with fruit, including flavors of marmalade, strawberry jam, and bright tropical fruits, woven with more spice. Even with water the richness and viscosity stand tall, as more caramel and butterscotch emerge. The spellbinding finish is long, sweet, and nutty. Editors' Choice