Kilchoman USA Small Batch (No. 3), 48.9%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

There's no color added, so that striking red hue comes entirely from the ruby port cask that makes up 50% of this whisky's maturation program—and that cask shows up in full force, flavor-wise. Vinous aromas of red fruits, plum, blueberry, and pomegranate penetrate the charcoal peat of the nose. Zingy spice—ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and fresh chile—undergirds berries, salty and ashy peat, and dark chocolate on the silky palate, and the finish is mouth-puckering, with salt water and oak, fading gently. (1,266 bottles)