Corsair Buckwheat Bourbon, 50%

Price: $50 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Is buckwheat a grain, seed, or nut? Doesn't matter: you can malt it, so Corsair put it in their rye bourbon as a fourth…whatever. Aromas of corn, vanilla, and teaberry, with a pleasant broadness and light herbal notes. There's a nutty note to the sweet corn and vanilla, and a move in the direction of astringency, but it's intriguing, a definite plus. The layered finish has a woody nip to it, that dry earthiness, and sweet corn.