Redwood Empire American Whiskey, which is the newest bottling from Sonoma-based Graton Distillery Company, is inspired by the local flavors and rugged terrain of Northern California. The liquid is a blend of house-distilled rye whiskies—some of which were aged in port and wine barrels—and stocks of four, five and 11-year-old bourbons aged in classic, charred American oak casks. The complex nose is bursting with stone fruits, herbs, vanilla and a subtle hint of spice. On the palate, this whiskey is light and mouth-coating with bright flavors of coffee, sage, black and white pepper, and mixed nuts. While we love sipping Redwood Empire straight, it would work equally well in a classic whiskey cocktail like the Old Fashioned.