William Larue Weller 12 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection), 64%

Price: $99 Issue: Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

A decadent whiskey with deep aromas that unfold sweet pipe tobacco, cedar cigar box, hot caramel sundae, candied peanuts, toasted coconut, and hints of paraffin. While the oak is here in abundance, it is in lovely harmony, with juicy dark blackberry balanced with long, leathery oak. The finish rolls on and on, with waxy fruit and a cascade of spices ending in drying oak tannins laced with dark chocolate. Masterful.