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The English Single Cask Rum Cask (No. 0471), 57.8%

Price: $156 Issue: Summer 2018 Reviewer: Adam Polonski

A heavily peated whisky finished in a single rum cask. Very smoky with a lot of heat, but a balanced depth. Quite meaty on the palate. Heather honey, supple leather, English peppercorn sauce, and salted vanilla wafers, with incense hanging in the air. Charred apple skins and red berry fruit keep this from being out of balance. Boysenberry, lavender, and smoke on the finish. Very forceful, but complex and intriguing. If beefeaters didn't already have a drink, they'd probably drink this. (360 bottles; U.S. only)