“We believe this could be the richest and most complex American single malt whiskey ever produced,” said Wolves CEO Jeremy Joseph in a statement. “ASM is an emerging category within the domestic whiskey landscape, and this is a best-in-class example of craftsmanship and flavor within it.” We got to sample the whiskey ahead of its release to see if his enthusiasm is merited. The color is a nice ruddy copper-brown, with some yellow highlights when the sun hits it at the right angle. On the nose, some hoppiness arrives first, followed by a bit of licorice, pear, apple, and dark chocolate. That chocolate note continues onto the palate, with a supporting cast of candied orange, vanilla, lemon, and a hint of herbal and grassy flavors.