Five & 20 Spirits Rye (batch 3), 45%

Price: $50 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

There is lovely freshness here, with sawn oak, bread dough, and baking spice aromas. Despite the generous 80% rye content, the malt component really comes through, offering good backbone, creamy caramel sweetness, and approachability. A streak of pleasingly peppery rye is balanced with sweet vanilla, leading to a lively finish with mint and chocolate malt balls.