Booker's 2017-02 “Blue Knights Batch,” 63.7%

Price: $75 Issue: Winter 2017 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Think corn: roasted, canned, creamed, mashed, pan-fried, in salsa, and in bread. The corn pops early and often. This complements hazelnut, caramel pudding, and baking spices. A drop of water really opens this up, softening the corn-heavy notes and bringing forth fruits and spices. Even the finish is better with water. Perhaps this whiskey was meant to have a lower proof.