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Barrell Private Release Tokaji Cask-Finished Kentucky Whiskey (Batch No. AH02), 60.71%

Price: $109 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The sweet vanilla, almond, and coconut aromas don't prepare you for the chocolaty
richness of the palate, but don't stress; just enjoy the journey. It starts with Almond
Joy, crème brûlée with fresh blackberries, nougat, and marzipan, then progresses to
cacao nibs, dried cranberries and cherries, and a striking amaretto flavor. Everything
wraps up neatly—and lengthily—with cocoa powder, black pepper, mocha, and
roasted walnuts. Don't be shy about watering generously; this can quite a bit.