Blanton's Single Barrel (no. 498), 46.5%

Price: $60 Issue: Fall 2017 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Oh, that rickhouse smell: charred oak, leather, vanilla, and a slight hint of coconut. Then it's caramel, toasted walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, and moon pie, with hints of black licorice and cumin. Strong tobacco and ginger notes present themselves just before a delightful finish with hints of crème brûlée and vanilla custard. This is a regular sipper in my house.