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Masterson's 10 year old Straight Barley Whiskey, 50%

Price: $79 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Straight, 100% unmalted barley whiskey. This must be a first in modern times. The huge nose gushes unusual aromas of fresh-turned earth, wet corn cobs, sour green apples, anise, cilantro, and dill. An herbal nose becomes an herbal palate bathed in soft crème brûlée and hot, peppery spices. Earthy notes turn pleasantly musty, like damp straw. Finishes long on Scottish porridge. Like all Masterson's, this barley whiskey is from Alberta Distillers. And yes, Canadian whiskey with an “e.”