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Ranger Creek Rimfire, 43%

Price: $35 Issue: Summer 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

A “mesquite smoked Texas single malt whiskey,” this is a distillation of Ranger Creek's Mesquite Smoked Porter. If you're expecting to get shot out of the saddle, surprise: the aroma is quite delicate, with light mesquite, malt, melon, and butterscotch. The mesquite strikes first in the mouth—ashy, drying, a bit medicinal—followed by the cooler, sweeter malt and melon, and a hint of the chocolate malts in the porter. Another good young (6 months) whiskey from Ranger Creek. Price is per 375ml.