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New Holland Cask & Smoke Whiskey, 45%

Price: $35 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Peat-smoked American malt whiskey. Nose isn't so much peaty-smoky as it is sweet and husky; like cocoa bean mulch that's been rained on a few times. The smoke's there on the tongue, though, beautifully restrained, light and sweet. For small-barrel whiskey, this is surprisingly subtle, and the dance of the smoke is enticing. The oak's a bit sharp though, and clamps on the finish; points off there. Promising.