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Ridgemont Reserve 8 year old, 46.85%

Price: $30 Issue: Summer 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

The last time I reviewed this whiskey was back in 2004, and this new bottling is an improvement. It's beefier, thicker, and richer, with a good dose of rye spice. Very nice! Good balance of flavors on the nose and palate, with caramel custard, bright fruit (clementine, golden raisin, orange marmalade), a peppering of spice (fresh mint, warming cinnamon, dried vanilla), green tea, a hint of toasted marshmallow, and a pleasing dried oak, tobacco-tinged finish. Lots of character!