With a name almost as long as its finish, this is a serious 100 percent rye single-malt whiskey. Pot distilled and sourced from a single American oak barrel, it produced fewer than 200 bottles ($165 each). The Hotaling name was inspired by the old A.P. Hotaling and Co.’s whiskey warehouse in San Francisco, which miraculously survived the 1906 earthquake.
Serve: At 100 proof, a big rock of ice will add a slow melt to ensure perfect sipping.
Taste: Nearly two decades in charred oak has produced a vanilla-laden blanket wrapped around mandarin oranges and cherries dusted with baking flour.