Sonoma County Cask Strength Rye, 54.4%

Price: $65 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

100% rye, unmalted and malted, direct-fire pot stilled, “old wood finished”: a detailed label, but no age statement or “straight.” Peppery, minty nose with a fleeting hint of coal smoke, lots of heat. Fierce rye flavor, hot and sweet, and then a fantastic finish that curls and flexes: sweet, oily, hot, pepper, and small barrel oak. The rest of it's okay, but that finish is a marvelous ride.