Thomas H. Handy Rye, 63.45%

Price: $70 Issue: Spring 2011 Reviewer: John Hansell

One of the best Handy offerings yet. Very vibrant with dynamic spice (firm mint, warming cinnamon, allspice, hint of clove) and lush fruit (citrus, orchard fruit, golden raisin, brandy, and teasing coconut), all tamed by a bed of soothing caramel and honey. It's not easy for a whiskey to come across as excitingly youthful, yet nicely matured. It's a difficult balance to achieve, but this whiskey pulls it off. Editor's Choice