Kentucky Peerless 4 year old Small Batch Barrel-Proof Straight Rye (#R150420204), 54.85%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

A nicely layered nose reveals cocoa, fruit, nougat, nuts, and spice in abundance. The dark chocolate envelops the fruit like chocolate-covered blueberries, while the warming spice evokes fresh-baked gingerbread cookies, with traces of paraffin wax hinting at maturity. The rich palate is noticeably hot, but water treats it well, and is necessary to fully unleash the confectionary notes of Jordan almonds and root beer barrels candy as persistent vanilla and cherry coulis ride to the pepper-laced finish that's long and expressive with drying oak.