Masterson's 10 year old Straight Rye (barrel #A2-052), 45%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

A single barrel release, selected by Julio's Loch & K(e)y society, focused very much on wood. An oak-forward nose features old split wood, pencil lead, and rye spice. On the palate the balance with oak improves slightly from the addition of brown sugar, vanilla, and cherry. Oak intensifies in the mid-palate, keeping some semblance of balance with the sweet undertones, but oak is clearly the star. A dry oak finish is the exclamation point at the end of this riff on wood. Sourced whiskey. (Julio's Liquors only)