Hudson Maple Cask Rye, 46%

Price: $41 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Rye whiskey aged in casks used to age maple syrup. As penetrating an aroma as maple is, it's very subtle here. The nose is rye whiskey—spicy, oily, bitter/minty—with just the barest hint of maple. The maple peeps up mid-palatefor a sweet turn and lingers into the finish. I need to be convinced of the attraction; the maple and rye jar a bit when jammed together. And the price—$82 for 750 ml—seems crazy. Price is per 375 ml.