West Cork Barrel Proof (2018 Release), 62%

Price: $55 Issue: Summer 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Uh-oh, here comes trouble. Sourdough, lemon, toffee, creamy vanilla, banana bread, and a few floral notes compete with the intimidating high alcohol. It begins with orange-shred marmalade, fleeting nutty-chocolate notes, and lots of peppery spice before a substantial onslaught of alcohol tramples the taste buds. Sure, it can be tamed with water, but is that really the point? Provocative, hedonistic, raw, and reckless; I'm very glad it's around. (5,300 bottles)