Kilchoman USA Small Batch (No. 1), 48.5%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Lemon curd on shortbread and sweet, salty smoke hit the nose to start, followed by stone fruit, fresh pears, citrus, and peppermint candies. In the mouth, it's ashy and oily, with oyster shell and cigar; add a few drops of water and suddenly it bursts into Technicolor—blueberries, juicy dark fruits, spiced chocolate, and vivid peppery spice. Explosive on the finish, with powerful notes of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, espresso, and lingering ash. (1,260 bottles)