A cask strength expression of the above, with a fancier bottle design. My gut told me that an already boozy whiskey, light on character as it is, probably didn’t need even more alcohol to muddy the picture, and sure enough my instincts were correct. While a cask strength abv doesn’t completely detract from the experience, it sure doesn’t add much, and the overall impact of Broken Barrel at 58% being much the same as the standard edition — pungent, somewhat leathery, and heavy on the cloves. The ability to fine-tune things with water may offer special appeal to some, but I just don’t see much in here to recommend. 116 proof.