Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Small Batch (Lot 1867 L), 40%

Price: $65 Issue: Spring 2020 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

A complex nose with citrus fruits, hints of sultanas, barrel tones, mild vanilla, butterscotch, and manuka honey. The sweetish palate is rich in stone fruits—peaches and apricots that merge into a vaguely pithy nuttiness, then dried Mediterranean fruits: dates and figs. Classic slippery corn sweetness complements hot, sweet rye spices. Ends in a medium, vaguely oaky, smoky finish.