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Masterson's 10 year old Straight Rye French Oak Finish (Barrel F2-038), 45%

Price: $65 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Fruity with dried dates and figs, peaches, peach pits, purple plum pits, and hints of black licorice. Tingling cloves and ginger add zip to traces of bitter chewing tobacco. Powerful, firm, and drying with pulling tannins like a fine Bordeaux. While this is gorgeous whisky in its own right, the French oak flavors have overwhelmed the familiar clean, spicy, fruity base of the original Masterson's on which it was built. (U.S. only)