Dark Horse Reunion Rye Barrel Strength, 56.8%

Price: $62 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

A rare barrel strength 100% rye release from a craft distiller. (Dark Horse, Lenexa, Kan.) No age statement on this other than “less than four years.” Young wood leads things off with pencil, graphite, and sawdust. Once you get past the sharp wood, there's lush maple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rye spice. At 113 proof it's still soft, supple, and lush but slightly tannic. The finish is spicy but not overly hot or dry. Great distilling hampered by small barrels, but still something special.