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Distillery 291 Aspen Stave-Finished Barrel-Proof Bourbon (Barrel #383), 64.8%

Price: $200 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: David Fleming

Carnival notes of candied apple, cotton candy, cherry cola, and a hint of orange peel on the nose, along with licorice, burnt brown sugar, and melted caramel. A deep, rich palate offers notes of dried fruit, toasty wood, dark chocolate, cinnamon spice, and light herbaceousness. Wood char, spice, bitter chocolate, and white pepper complete the finish. Thick, chewy, and remarkably complex for a relatively youthful bourbon. Water or ice recommended. (42 bottles)