Benjamin Prichard's Rye, 40%

Price: $50 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

An unabashedly spicy rye nose backed by cinnamon, marzipan, Bartlett pear, and oak. The rye spice is right there on the palate and immediately joined by cinnamon, clove, black pepper, solid oak, and a lingering pear note on the fringe. The finish is long, dry, and spicy with a hint of black licorice candy. Pritchard's rye is a perfect example of how you can have strong spice without a lot of fire, and create balance without adding a lot of sweetness.