Dogfish Head Alternate Takes Vol. 1: Whiskey Finished in Rum Casks, 45%

Price: $45 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

An intriguing first release from one of craft beer's most inventive producers. Like many whiskeys made by brewers, this one's charm is in its deceptive simplicity that reveals successively complex character with every sip. The rum-cask finish is evident throughout: caramel-banana sundae, marzipan, and pistachio pudding on the nose, along with rose petals, meringue, and a touch of suntan lotion. The palate has fresh banana, rose water, pistachio kheer, almonds, lemon, and lime sherbet. Oak asserts itself on the perfumy, elegant finish.