Reservoir Bourbon, 50%

Price: $80 Issue: Fall 2012 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

A hot wash of vanilla and sweet cloves and cinnamon, with shouty alcohol heat and a log of oak; whatever else this is, ‘subtle' is not on the menu. Wow, is that hot in the mouth! Still, it's flavorful with it; cinnamon candy and corn on the cob gush onto the palate. There are some cobby notes though, and a bit of mustiness. The finish is—surprise!—hot, and fades reluctantly. Doc Bryson prescribes more time in a large barrel.