Hudson Baby Straight Bourbon (Batch 9), 46%

Price: $50 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The barrel dominates here, by design, and it manifests on the nose with fresh-cut oak, cinnamon, black tea leaves, cashews, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of spices. Savory and oak-forward on the chewy palate, which has roasted nuts, grilled corn, dark chocolate, peppermint stick, dried chile, black pepper, espresso bean, and tobacco leaf, all sweeping into a lengthy, chocolaty finish.