Proof and Wood 25 year old 100 Seasons American Light Whiskey, 51.15%

Price: $350 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The nose is sweet with vanilla cupcake, crushed almonds, pecan sandies, Granny Smith apples, and Chinese coconut jelly. There's a rancio element that pervades through the palate and finish—a bit like toasted oak, brown sugar, and even mothballs—that gives the whiskey gravitas to counterbalance the marshmallow and lemon bar flavors. Mellow and sweet, it has a lengthy finish that displays gentle finesse. (500 bottles)