Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye, 50%

Price: $90 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Peanut taffy, licorice, black pepper, tarragon, and lemon vie with Popsicle stick and a bit of solvent on the nose. The palate is laden with herbs—anise, licorice, tarragon, and basil—as well as cubeb, black pepper, and cough syrup. There are some enjoyable flavors here, but heavy-handed oak throws things off-balance.