Ranger Creek .36, 48%

Price: $35 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

That's “.36” as in '36 caliber,' the first of this Texas distiller's Small Caliber Series of Texas bourbon whiskeys. Sharpish on the nose with some hot alcohol, cinnamon, and oak, warmed by burnt sugar and vanilla. A kick of hot oak spice on the tongue, a flush of hot, dry corn, and flashes of mint and vanilla, then a long, spicy finish with more dry mint. One of the better young bourbons — only 8 months — I've had. Price is per 375 ml.