Jim Beam Harvest Collection Triticale, 45%

Price: $50 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Triticale is a rye-wheat hybrid, so I'm expecting a rye-wheater hybrid bourbon. What I get is a screamer: spicy slice of a nose, hot cinnamon and sawn dry oak. Surprisingly light in the mouth, which is putting a smile on my face. Oak races through this, a spine coated with sweet grain, spicy notes, a bit of creaminess, and as the oak wraps up, I realize: no real rye bitterness. Cool stuff, a very good one. Price is per 375 ml.