J.R. Revelry Bourbon, 45%

Price: $32 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Very sweet and simple aroma, like plain jelly beans, with only a whisper of the heat you'd expect at 45%. Better on the tongue; proper heat, some cornpone, a bed of oak. Smooth, good balance, good finish. Nothing stands out, but nicely made. Loses points on the nose, and typifies the Small Producer Dilemma: why bottle a good bourbon? Beam and Heaven Hill do that already, cheaper than you ever will. Sourced whiskey.