Sortilège, 30%

Price: $28 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

According to the maple syrup geeks who make Sortilège, Quebec's sugar maple forests produce their sweetest, woodiest, most robust flavors in the early days of the late-winter syrup season. This maple whisky is proof positive. Creamy sweet, slightly peppery, leafy in a good way, and richly imbued with woodsy maple, Sortilège stays firmly in the whisky camp, though just downwind from the sugar shack. Like maple syrup itself, it leaves the palate slowly. Price is per 375 ml.