Cleveland Black Reserve Bourbon, 50%

Price: $30 Issue: Spring 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The nose is grainy with strong wood notes and hints of vanilla, lilac, and cinnamon candies. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, spice, and citrus tussle with cedar, tea leaves, and oak tannins before a lengthy, assertive finish of tobacco, caramel, cinnamon, clove, and orange peel.

This or whiskey has been matured using alternative aging technology.

Actual Time in Barrel: varies, usually 3 to 6 months;

Processing: Distillate from Indiana and Ohio is aged in new charred oak barrels before undergoing Cleveland's proprietary process using new charred oak pieces.