Grand Canyon Distillery Star Shine American Single Malt (Batch 001), 46%

Price: $49 Issue: Spring 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

This whiskey shows no reticence in asserting a unique and frankly thrilling personality from first sniff: tea leaves, coconut, brown sugar, saline, raspberry, plum, cinnamon, incense, and the freshness of a cedar-filled forest rush out of the glass. Such layered complexity—belying its 18-month age statement—carries ably into the palate, which is fruit-filled with dark plums and berries, lush with dark chocolate and baking spice, and tannic with oak and tea leaves. The well-balanced finish showcases dark chocolate, sandalwood, subtle spices, and cigar wrapper. Very approachable. (600 bottles)