Gibson's Sterling, 40%

Price: $26.00 Issue: Summer 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

This entry-level Gibson's is cut from the same fine cloth as the exquisite Gibson's 18 and their lavishly flavorful 12 year old. Immediately, rum and butter laced with spirit and hot pepper seep into sweet and sizzling rye spices. Then light berry-ish notes turn to Concord grapes, pear juice, and soft yellow apples, as bitter walnut skins counter rich maple ice cream. A slight waxiness lends a satisfying weight. (Canada only)C$26