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Maison Benjamin Kuentz Fin de Partie Single Malt, 46%

Price: $110 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Distilled at Lorraine's G. Rozelieures, this whisky from an erudite and cultivated independent bottler has a nose of peach, orange buttercream, asphalt, toasted oak, and black peppercorn. On the palate there is citrus, vanilla, and spice, developing more tangy flavors of candied peels, orange buttercream, and ground pepper. As it softens, a little smoke curls around a taste of taffy candy. Hot smoke, spice, and diminishing citrus notes signify game over. (1,0000 bottles)