Wood's Tenderfoot Whiskey (Batch #3), 45%

Price: $40 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Here's something interesting: all-malt, but not all barley malt, there's some rye and wheat malt as well. The rye pokes through as fresh grassy notes, struggling with the young barrel character. Detonates on the palate: spice, fudge, vanilla, grain, and oak. This is brash, loud stuff, broad-shouldered, insistent, and cocky. Could find favor with the hophead clan of craft beer drinkers. You'd think it could use some taming, but given a chance, its boldness is appealing.