Leopold Bros. Small Batch American Whiskey (Barrel #1206), 43%

Price: $33 Issue: Fall 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The nose is plucky and herbaceous, with tarragon, dill, licorice, and heaps of chili powder and cornmeal—a bit like elote from a street vendor. Savory flavors dominate the palate, which is dry and nutty; water brings out meaty chili, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee bean. The finish has grilled corn, more chili spices, and roasted pecans. Water softens the edges, but use a light touch so as not to over dilute.