Skunk Brothers Smoke Jumper, 45%

Price: $40 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Licorice, charcoal smoke, cured tobacco, black pepper, pencil eraser, and bicycle tires on the nose—but don't be put off, those are attractive notes in a whiskey that's making sooty phenols one of its central selling points. The palate is dry and peppery, with savory notes of mole sauce, roasted nuts, and coffee bean, along with peppermint and dry-roasted spices. It finishes with black pepper, bittersweet chocolate, more roasted nuts, and persistent char.