Sazerac Rye 18 year old, 45%

Price: $48.00 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: John Hansell

This is a good as rye whiskey gets. It's powerfully spicy, yet there is a calming sweetness along with soft berry and citrus fruit behind the spice. I find its oily texture very soothing, and this also marries beautifully with the spice from the rye and the resinous oak. The flavors are crisp and incredibly clean, and the 18 years in oak has added formidable depth.