Defiant American Single Malt Whisky (Cask #6), 41%

Price: $40 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Aggressive nose of bitter orange, dark chocolate, and pine comes boiling out of the glass. More gentle on the palate: the same notes, but wrapped in sweet malt. A bit hot and crinkly on the tongue, an assertive whisky, but it fades quickly at the end. Good flavor, but a lack of depth; everything Defiant has is right there on top, there's nothing to discover. The pine is off-putting, too; not sure where that's coming from.