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Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon
This is one of the latest releases in a series of limited-quantity bottlings. Four Roses Distillery master distiller Jim Rutledge personally selected this 12-year-old bourbon from among 10 different recipes. It is uncut and unfiltered, and ranges from 100.6 to 114.4 proof (depending on the barrel). Only 3,600 bottles are available. ($90)

The Dalmore 1967
Most single-malt whiskies are aged in barrels that formerly contained either bourbon or sherry, or a combination of both, but this rarity—part of an extremely limited offering known as the Sirius Collection—was aged for 44 years in Caribbean rum barrels. Distilled on February 24, 1967, and bottled at the end of 2011, this 128.6-proof cask-strength whisky filled just 89 bottles after evaporation removed the “angel’s share” during aging. Dark and thick with flavors of molasses, chocolate, and candied dried fruit, the whisky exhibits the signature Dalmore undercurrent of marmalade. ($5,700)
 
Woodford Reserve Rare Rye Selection 
This double set of 375 mL bottles marks the latest offering in Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris’ annual Master’s Collection series. Both bottles are filled with 100-percent aged rye whiskey from the same distillation. However, the colors and tastes of the spirits are remarkably different, due to the two different types of barrels in which they were aged. Thanks to a new American charred-oak barrel, the New Cask rye is copper-bronze in color and exhibits cherry, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. Used barrels similar to those employed in aging Scotch whisky, on the other hand, lend the Aged Cask bottling its pale-yellow color and softer, more floral flavor characteristics. These spirits dramatically demonstrate what a difference a barrel makes. ($100)

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