90

Score

Black Button Distilling Cask Strength Straight (Batch 4), 55.1%

Price: $75 Issue: Summer 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

Complex and layered on the nose; what starts off as herbaceous, with pine cone, tea leaf, lemon oil, and toasted nuts, develops into sweet aromas of candied nuts, cinnamon challah bread, maple syrup, and toffee. A full-bodied and chewy palate is heavily spiced with cinnamon, pepper, caraway, and roasted elements once water is added. A mouthwatering finish shows good length, herbaceous oak, licorice, and coffee bean. Time and water both help this whiskey's full plumage to emerge.