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Broken Barrel Isle of Peat American Blended Whiskey, 55%

Price: $50 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

A blend of American single malt and wheat whiskeys, finished on staves from peated Islay scotch casks using Broken Barrel's proprietary process. The effect is herbaceous rather than smoky; this has tons of eucalyptus, bay leaves, black pepper, and juniper—more like an amaro in aroma than a whiskey. Dry and lean in the mouth, there's mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, cola spices, dark chocolate, licorice, and honeyed lemon tea. The finish is medium-length with oak, mint, pepper, and persistent herbs. Profoundly outside the box, but it works. (6,600 bottles)