Old Bones 10 year old Reserve, 55%

Price: $110 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

This straight bourbon is a race of notes trying to outrun each other. Out of the gate, it's caramel and vanilla, with a bevy of fruit, soft florals, and chocolate slightly trailing. Oak and smoke take the lead on the first turn, then an explosion of butterscotch and Spanish flan setting the pace. Then graham crackers, marshmallow, and melted chocolate eye the prize, with rich, rounded caramel custard taking the long route to the finish line. Definite contender!