Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey, 45.2%

Price: $35 Issue: Fall 2018 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

This malt whiskey shows some maple syrup and honey sweetness, but its character comes from savory notes of earthiness and wet leaves. The easygoing palate offers some stone fruit and sweet overripe banana, like a banana cream pie with graham cracker crust. But the finish circles back to savory and herbal, suggesting youth. A creative, if peculiar choice for Woodford, crafted from 51% malted barley.