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Penelope Barrel Strength Four Grain Straight Bourbon (Batch 4), 58.3%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: David Fleming

The nose offers cherry, raspberry tart, dried orange slices, butterscotch, black pepper, and antique closet. The palate is powerful, with sweet syrup up front, bold flavors of herbs and spice, grain, dusty oak, and an earthy note of warehouse floor. More spice emerges with water, bringing semi-sweet chocolate, cooked raspberries, and leather. Creamy and well-balanced, with its spice tempered by deep chocolate, cooked cherries, and a musty yet interesting character.