Wiser's Red Letter 2013 Release, 45%

Price: $99 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, candy sweetness, and strong bitter grapefruit pith overtake an initial dry dusty rye. After years in an assortment of bourbon barrels, new wood is used to tame the rugged rye notes while adding complexity and breadth. The oak has left obvious traces behind, with barrel notes and hints of fresh-cut firewood. Candied, in the vein of Wiser's Legacy, but sharper, harder, and much crisper. Canada's non-chill filtered reward for being Wiser's biggest fan. (Canada only.)C$99