Giant French Oak Barrel 23 year old, 45%

Price: $47.00 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: John Hansell

Much more oak influence than its younger sibling. That lovely sweetness of the 19 year old Experimental Collection Giant French Oak Barrel bottling is there at the beginning, but it's quickly overtaken by oak spice, leather, and tannin notes. This one was left in the barrel a bit longer than I would prefer. If you like a wood-driven whiskey, then consider trying it. But if it's balance you desire, look elsewhere. Price is per 375 ml.