Pine Barrens Single Malt, 47.5%

Price: $45 Issue: Fall 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Distilled from a 10%, 70 IBU barleywine from Blue Point Brewing on Long Island. I'm smelling light pine hop notes, dried spruce plank, and heavy fudge; a muddled, heavy nose. Much better in the mouth: the fudge is restrained, the spruce and hops bring a lightness and verve to things. Not the “single malt” you might be expecting, but very much American craft distilling; like nothing else, intriguing, bold, a bit young, and with a lot of promise. Price is per 375 ml.