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XXX Shine Salted Caramel, 40%

Price: $25.00 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Appropriately caramel-colored. The smell of caramel and taffy pushes out of the glass, but as you get closer, there's the fresh green snap of clear corn whiskey laced through it like fruit in your dessert (with an authoritative boozy crack to it). Nothing's overpowering on the palate — a swirling, balanced ride of sweet candy, fresh corn, and estery booze — but the finish sings a clear, pure note of…salted caramel. This could teach flavored vodkas a thing or two.