Trader Joe's Rum Cask Finish Highland, 40%

Price: $20 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Somewhat vegetal on the nose, with stewed fruit, licorice, tarragon, ginger, butterscotch, and hazelnuts. More stewed fruit, salted licorice, and hazelnuts appear on the palate, along with white pepper, clove, and bitter oak. An abrupt whisky whose better characteristics are muddied by the first-fill rum cask finish. (Trader Joe's)