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Straight Edge Bourbon, 42%

Price: $55 Issue: Fall 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

A composite of 5, 7, and 8 year old Kentucky and Tennessee bourbons. It offers exceptional color at this ABV, but the grain and oak-forward nose suggests youth, with hints of medicinal boiling oatmeal and cinnamon. Slightly dry to adhesive mouthfeel is followed by menthol, heavy smoke, cinnamon-custard pie, licorice, caramel, and a hint of cherry cough syrup. With the stocks selected for this batch, I'd hoped for more, but it tastes unlike traditional bourbon. Sourced whiskey.