Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Barrel Finish Rye 2017 Release, 55.5%

Price: $75 Issue: Spring 2018 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

At first, it's truly American candy: melted chocolate-covered almonds and coconut. Then, it's cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch, gingersnap cookies, red pepper, and Rice Krispies. This mouth-coating offers lingering baking spices throughout. A drop of water offers even more complexity, with pronounced caramel chew notes developing. With or without water, a complex and long finish awaits with hints of jalapeño chocolate.