Wyoming Barrel Strength Bourbon (Barrel 443), 58%

Price: $199 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

An authoritative nose: deep oak structure, cracked corn, warehouse reek. Minty and lively, but deep and almost ponderous at the same time, and not anywhere near as hot as expected. A bare hint of mustiness (which a bit of water helps wash out) keeps it from being truly exceptional, but this verges on greatness. A show-stopper.