Coppersea Excelsior Bourbon, 48%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Fresh grains and sawn oak on the nose, with some green grass and stalks. Spicy, fresh flavors of corn and oak, along with a doughy softness that contrasts with the 48% ABV heat. There's a somewhat bosky note of leaves and duff, a salty cracker component, and a medicinal hint; the almost herbal complexity I've come to expect from Coppersea. Interesting, tasty, well off the beaten bourbon path.