Leopold Bros. Maryland Style Straight Rye (Barrel #139), 43%

Price: $45 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Aromas of black tea, clove, allspice, horehound, Vicks VapoRub, new wood, and wet leaves on a forest floor give way to a chewy palate led by green oak, with flavors of cinnamon, semi-dark chocolate, tarragon, mint, licorice, and allspice. It finishes with spiced dark chocolate, menthol, and a slight nuttiness. Water helps integrate the herbal and spice flavors with the oak.