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Old Pepper Straight Rye (Barrel G18Q), 55.35%

Price: $80 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

A characterful, if peculiar whiskey that suggests younger rye. Horehound, citronella oil, scented geranium, and lemon balm contribute to an intensely herbal, slightly antiseptic aroma. There is a compelling bitter edge to the flavor, like biting into orange peel, while the finish is intensely woody and mouth-coating. Not for everyone, but quite captivating and flavorful.