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Old Pepper Finest Kentucky Oak Straight (Batch K02), 58%

Price: $70 Issue: Spring 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

This whiskey's lush qualities are immediately evident on the nose, which is redolent of Mexican chocolate, cedar spice, fresh dark berries, raisin-studded stollen, and balsam boughs. Without water, oak dominates the palate, but add a few drops and much more unfolds: grape cough syrup, blackcurrant jam, mocha, and rich spice, with more blackcurrant, allspice, pepper, and lingering herbs on the finish. There's lots to unpack here, all of it good. Editors' Choice