J. Rieger & Co. Monogram Oloroso Bota (2020 Edition), 52.5%

Price: $100 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Form a line, sherry lovers: This blend of 10 year old corn and 5 and 11 year old ryes is driven by its finishing casks, like many single malt scotches. Though the nose is reticent and hints at the luxe flavors, the palate is a sherry bomb: brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, hazelnuts, nougat, and figs, with sprinklings of spice and subtle saline. Drying tannin and mouth-puckering saltiness on the finish, with raisins and chocolate. The sherry is the point here, but it integrates splendidly with the muscular whiskey. (1,887 bottles)