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Vinn Rice Whiskey, 43%

Price: $50 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Delicate floral and sweet aromas—peach blossom, honeysuckle, fresh apricot, milk chocolate, and nougat—commingle with earthy, herbaceous notes: espresso bean, log pile, clay. The palate is light-bodied, but doesn't shortchange on flavor, with vanilla cookie, apricots, hazelnuts in milk chocolate, apple blossom, and salted light caramels. Take your time with this whiskey—it's mature in flavor, if not in barrel age, and it needs room to unfold its many intriguing layers.