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Berkshire Mountain Terrapin Finished Bourbon, 43%

Price: $45 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Another from a series of beer barrel-finished bourbons from this Massachusetts distiller; this one's from a Terrapin Brewing's Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA barrel. Nose is fruity and sweet, with an undertone of linen and old iron. There is the bitter and faintly piney edge of hops in the whiskey, which adds a cutting grip to the finish. Before that, there is spoonbread, oak, and a hint of anise. Interesting components, needs a bit more integration.