Tamworth Distilling Eau de Musc Castoreum-Flavored Whiskey, 44%

Price: $70 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Most flavored whiskeys rely on lab-made additives, but not this one: Its unique characteristics come from castoreum, an oil found in sacs located beneath beavers' tails, as well as botanicals including birch oil, raspberry, and Canadian snakeroot. The effect is outlandish, but it's got panache, with potpourri, pine, sage, cinnamon, orange peel, and bubble gum aromas. Flavors run to piney, sweet, and spicy: sage, eucalyptus, grape Kool-Aid, cinnamon Red Hots. It finishes with Christmas pine and spice, as well as berries, chocolate, and tea leaves. Unconventional and certainly not for everyone, but if you keep an open mind, you might just be surprised. Price per 200 ml