New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, 40%

Price: $30 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Another MGP/LDI-sourced whiskey: but New Holland finishes it in oak barrels that they've used to age their Dragon's Milk imperial stout, an interesting reversal of the bourbon barrel-aged beers brewers are making. It gives a dark wood nose with cinnamon and hot fruit. The whiskey's a bit light in the mouth but enticingly smooth, a flow of corn, wood, and anise that flares up at the finish in a nice rush of heat. Quite good…but not great.