Ironroot Harbinger Straight, 57.5%

Price: $60 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

Rich dessert notes on the nose: dulce de leche, flan, wet walnuts, strawberry syrup, milk chocolate, and blueberry pie. Syrupy with or without water. Plenty of heat on the palate alongside caramel and fruity sweetness, barrel char, and new wood. Water tames things down, bringing out cinnamon Red Hots, red chile pepper flakes, and chocolate-covered cherries. Fiery spice and barrel char continue on to the finish.