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Seven Stills Chocasmoke, 47%

Price: $55 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Distilled from an oatmeal stout with a shot of peat, this intrigued even before the cap popped. It does smell like an oatmeal stout: cocoa, grains, fresh bread, restrained smoke, mixed with small-barrel oak. The smoke blows up in the mouth, much more evident, and the chocolaty, honey-sweet base rolls underneath…but it's shallow, without the richness of a properly-aged scotch. Craft whiskeys want to grow up so fast, but this is like a kid in his dad's clothes. (400 bottles only) Price is per 375 ml.