Blackened American Whiskey (Batch 097), 45%

Price: $50 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: David Fleming

A blend of straight whiskeys that's finished in brandy casks using proprietary “sonic enhancement.” Sweet vanilla, lemon cream pie, spiced apricots, ginger, cracked corn, and licorice start off the nose, balanced against a soft influence of new oak. The palate is sweet and well-textured, with notes of spice, candied apple, cooked plums, chocolate nuttiness, and a fair amount of barrel influence. There's some good length on the finish, which offers sweet flavors of light chocolate, along with lingering spice and layered oak.