Whiskey Del Bac Distiller's Cut (Fall 2021), 55.7%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

Chocolaty up front, with notes of Fudgsicle, cacao nibs, and cocoa powder as well as brown paper bag, ripe banana, honey, and oats. The palate is syrupy and zings; cinnamon Red Hots, lemon candy, fruit pastry, and chile pepper give it added dimension. There is a bitter oak note that softens with water. The high proof makes this spiky and hot at times but there's great underlying flavor.