Four Gate Split Stave by Kelvin Cask-Finished (Batch 10), 56.25%

Price: $185 Issue: Spring 2021 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Lush cooked dark fruit and dark chocolate aromas, mingling with baking spice, earthen floor, leather, and iced tea hint at what's to come on the palate: chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry jam, a sweep of gingerbread spices, plus fresh mint and zesty dill, all with ample depth. There's no end to the white pepper, mocha, leathery oak, dark chocolate, and candied ginger on the finish, which remains complex and rewarding long after the glass is empty. (2,439 bottles)