Redemption High Rye Bourbon (Batch 1), 46%

Price: $25 Issue: Fall 2011 Reviewer: John Hansell

Aged “over 2 years” and with over 38% rye in the mashbill (high for bourbon). It's fresh, youthful, and brisk, with sweet corn, bright fruit, brittle mint, cinnamon, and a dusting of cocoa, leading to a slightly aggressive finish. A bit too youthful, actually, for sipping—it would benefit from a few more years' aging. Save this one for your next Manhattan. Its sibling, Redemption Rye (of similar age), fares better (84).