Twelve Years Later

Stellum Rye

The deep copper color is looks old and rich, a theme that continues in aromatics and onto the palate. Hot licorice hits up front followed quickly by Moroccan spices and orange peel. The finish has long echoes of sherry framed by deep char, mint, and pepper. Taken at cask strength (bottled at 116 proof) and neat, the flavors are dizzyingly fast, but water helps relax this beast and makes it more approachable. Like its bourbon sibling, it is showy at first, but then slows down to a companionable ease. Very modern style, but that char harkens generational memories. 92 Points (Sample) $55