Blue Note 17 year old Barrel Proof Straight (Barrel No. 12841), 54.45%

Price: $175 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Herbs, spice, mint, and saddle leather quickly reveal this whiskey's maturity. As it rests in the glass, vanilla ice cream emerges, along with melon and caffé latte. It's hot and muscular, but its aged and herbal flavors soon cede ground to melted milk chocolate and cinnamon-topped cappuccino. A thoroughly pleasurable melding of chocolate, herbs, and cinnamon spice, with oak influence in tasteful balance.