Sapling Vermont Maple Rye Whiskey, 35%

Price: $40 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Located in the heart of Vermont's syrup belt, Saxtons River distillery makes both a Vermont maple-flavored rye and a maple-flavored bourbon whiskey. The rye is the better of the two and does a solid job of mixing oak, cinnamon, black pepper, and rye spice notes with vanilla and rich maple syrup. The rye whiskey is a little young, but the maple syrup complements it well and is more companion than cover.