Cedar Ridge Slipknot No. 9 Reserve, 49.5%

Price: $80 Issue: Summer 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

Same components as the No. 9 Iowa whiskey, but selected from casks aged at least 4 years and bottled at a higher proof. A vibrant nose shows signs of lemon oil, cake batter, and sunflower seeds. There's toasted oak, wintergreen gum, and vanilla on the palate with better balance achieved when water is added. The finish isn't quite as lively as the rest of the experience, with sweet oak and persistent hot spices.