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West Cork Black Reserve, 43%

Price: $40 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

The double-charred, first-fill bourbon casks deliver Madagascan vanilla paste, dark-roast cocoa beans, caramelized sugars, and a wedge of pecan pie. Heightened vanilla flavors, maple syrup, a little chocolate, coffee grains, sweet char, and those dark, sticky, softening pecans prized from the pie. Alternately sucking on vanilla pods and chewing leather bootstraps describes the finish. A one-trick pony, some might say, but it's a highly distinctive and impressive steed all the same. (4,800 bottles)