Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 40%
Score: 90 points

Dr. Pearse Lyons comes from a long line of Irish whiskey coopers and distillers, and now runs Kentucky-based Alltech. He’s created a rarity: a Kentucky single malt whisky, and even though it was bottled at between two and three years of age, it tastes like whiskies much older and smoother. The nose is sweet with notes of molasses and brown sugar, a touch of nutmeg, and vanilla. The taste is smooth and spicy with hot chili peppers that fade slowly to reveal slightly tart notes of lemon creme and molasses. The finish is dry and long with a subtle touch of oak and a hint of brown sugar.