Benjamin Prichard's Double Barreled Bourbon, 45%

Price: $65 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Many distilleries have released bourbon finished in a second barrel, but it's Prichard's who was savvy enough to copyright the term “double barreled.” As you'd expect, the nose is big oak, blending darker, more seasoned oak with lighter, new oak. The palate is unexpectedly balanced, with lush, sweet caramel in perfect sync with spicy oak, black pepper, clove, and cinnamon. That wonderful balance follows through to a medium finish that doesn't leave you feeling like you've been chewing on a barrel.