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Sierra Norte Native Oaxacan Red Corn Single Barrel (No. 67), 45%

Price: $45/375 ml Issue: Spring 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Master distiller Douglas French unveils the single-barrel results of his latest heritage corn experiments: a dry and spicy nose with graham cracker, cornbread, red licorice, buttered corncobs, and a cloud of spices. It's a big mouthful with flavors of fruit concentrate, red bell pepper, baked orange, clove, star anise, peppercorn, and toffee, with the spices congregating around the tip of the tongue, then a slightly vegetal finish.