Booker's “The Lumberyard Batch” (2022-02), 62.4%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2022 Reviewer: David Fleming

Notes of fresh lemon, chocolate, and candied orange slices emerge on the nose, while the palate is deliciously rich, creamy, and smooth, with balanced spice and a pleasant texture. It definitely benefits from water, which unlocks more sweet orange, spice, and seasoned oak. The rich finish offers a crescendo of espresso and tart black pepper melding with dark chocolate and a hint of orange peel. A complex whiskey with lots to enjoy.