June 2012 - World Whisky

This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky
World Whisky Reviews
198324
The Dalmore
1974 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Rich copper brown color. Lush, layered aromas of roasted nuts, peach buttercream, cola, honeycomb, and brown spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a piquant, dried fruit, peppery spice, cola and praline nuanced finish. An incredibly balanced, contemplative whisky with a deep, feminine soul.
99 points $1250
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198322
The Dalmore
1978 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Lovely aromas of banana fudge, peach marmalade, pound cake and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a dense, seemingly endless finish with intricate layers of chocolate dusted figs and apples, nut, spice and mineral notes. Spectacularly complex and elegant whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198279
Jura
"Prophecy" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Rich peat and honeyed cake aromas and flavors with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, endless fruit cake, smoky peat, cedar, iodine, grilled fruit and mineral finish. Fantastic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198323
The Dalmore
1981 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Aromas of chocolate creme brulee, sautéed almond, and suede with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spry, almost feminine dried flower, honeyed apricot and raisin bread accented finish. Delicious and nearly impossible to put down.
96 points $1200
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198564
Laphroaig
18 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Rich peaty aromas with nougat, peach creme brulee, and smoky grilled fruits and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long melange and fruits, nuts, spice, lit menthol cigarette, and smoky earth peat. Excellent balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198275
The Dalmore
Copper color with an olive cast. Rich aromas of floral honeycomb, fig bread, caramelized roasted nuts, and chocolate with chewy, lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex refrain of lavish spices, dried citrus, toasty cereal, and earth. A rich, vibrant malt that demands attention.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198277
Jura
"Superstition" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of peach-raisin chutney, creamy bread pudding, Brazil nuts, and delicate mossy earth with a satiny smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a snappy, creme brulee, banana bread, delicate peat, and peppery spice finish. Very nice and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198278
Jura
16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright amber color. Aromas of buttery caramelized nuts, pretzel bread, and delicate dried fruits with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a lively sweet spice, cherry-vanilla gelato and nougat accented finish. Marvelously balanced with singing nutty sherry character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198465
Balblair
1989 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden yellow color. Aromas of creamy nougat, dried fruit chutney, waxy honeycomb, and perfume-like spices with a silky fruity medium-full body and a long, intensely spice and complex, panettone, chocolate malt, and creme brulee accented finish. Superb evolution of delicious flavors; a nice after dinner scotch.
94 points $124.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198280
Mackinlay’s
Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky
Golden yellow color. Intricate and smoky aromas of peat, toasty nougat, dried stone fruits, and chocolate cake batter with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, complex finish with notes of honey, peppery spice, white cigar ash, and grass dancing on the palate. A must try blend with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198294
The Dalmore
Beautiful amber color. Elusive aromas of toasted raisin nut bread and honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, grain, spice, cream accented finish. Wonderfully delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198297
Whyte & Mackay
Deep amber color. Dense aromas of toasted date bread, chestnut honeycomb, chocolate farina and toffee with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a compact, grain, dried currant, peppery spice, and mossy limestone accented finish. A rich contemplative blend, serve with a few drops of water.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198463
Old Pulteney
17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of creme brulee, cream puff, spicy fruit chutney, beeswax, and pressed flowers with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a vibrant, warming honeyed golden raisin cake, brown spices, straw-like peat, and mossy river stone nuanced finish. A delicious, complex and evolving single malt.
93 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198464
Old Pulteney
21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright amber color. Caramelized roasted nut, grainy bread, dried fruit, honeycomb and earth aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry full body and a warming, seamless lightly peaty earth and honeyed fruit flourish.
93 points $119.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198274
The Dalmore
Dense aromas of raisin bread toast, nut brittle, honey, leather, and delicate earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a round, warming finish with notes of toffee, nuts, honeyed citrus, moss, and peppery spices. A rock solid sipping whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198282
The Dalmore
"Cromartie" Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Rich salted caramel, roasted nut, dried pear, and chocolate raisin scone aromas with a soft, silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and wonderfully variegated nut driven finish with praline, toffee, cocoa, and dried fruit notes abounding. Fun and very flavorful; will make for superior cocktails as well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198308
Knappogue Castle
12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bright yellow color. Vibrant aromas of cashew brittle, coconut-apricot fruit bar, floral honey and granola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, creme Anglaise, nougat and delicate baking spice finish. An elegant polished whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198122
John L. Sullivan
"The Ten Count" 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Lovely honey toasted grain, spicy almond nougat, and creme brulee aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, resonant spiced praline, moss, and honey gelato finish. A delightful sipping whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198298
Whyte & Mackay
"Supreme" 22 Year Old Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of chocolate covered dried fruits, cereal, and buttery nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy, toasted grain, cake batter, nut, and mossy earth accented finish. A rich and lively blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198276
Jura
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of salted nuts, creme brulee, and dried fruits and flowers with a soft, silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a toasted grain and spicy raisin cake accented finish. A lovely, effortlessly drinkable sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198296
Whyte & Mackay
"The Thirteen" Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of fresh nutty toffee and buttercream with a soft, silky dryish medium body and a honeyed granola, toasted raisin bread, and tilled earth accented finish. A seamlessly balanced, easy going blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198295
Whyte & Mackay
"Special" Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of porridge, golden raisin, and praline with a silky soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy pound cake with creme Anglaise like finish. A lovely everyday dram that smiles at you.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198300
John Barr
Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Aromas and flavors of almond nougat, granola, grain, pepper and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, spicy chutney and creamy vanilla and caramel buttercream finish. A pleasant sipping whisky.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198522
Wemyss Malts
Bright amber color. Mild aromas of buttercream, dried fruits, delicate spice, praline, and peat with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nicely integrated finish with notes of honeyed cereal in cream, nuts, pepper, and peaty moss. A charming blend that grows on you.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198573
Kilchoman
"Machir Bay" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Light golden yellow color. Buoyant aromas and flavors of lightly smoky peat, charred nuts, iodine tincture and peach creme brulee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a honeyed cereal, dried fruit, pepper and campfire ember finish. A few drops of water rounds this out nicely and brings out the creaminess.
88 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198419
Label 5
Classic Black Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of buttery praline, honeyed porridge and creamy custard with a silky dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming dried fruit compote, stone, and spice nuanced finish. A very expertly blended lighter styled scotch that is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198299
John Barr
Select Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of spiced praline and toasted granola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy vanilla nut gelato and delicate floral moss finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198418
Bison Ridge
Special Reserve Canadian Whisky
Brilliant amber color. Pleasant toasted grain, maple and nut aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried fruit, custard, and nut brittle finish with a nice spicy tingle. Well balanced and a good choice for sipping or cocktails.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198301
John Barr
Finest Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of toasted grain, peppery alcohol, and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed cereal, vanilla cream, and a peppery baking spice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198550
Fort Glen
Distiller's Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale yellow straw color. Very mild nougat and cereal aromas with a linear dry light-to-medium body and a lightly tannic straw, honeycomb, and spiced toffee accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198309
Clontarf
1014 Irish Whiskey
Pale amber color. Aromas of molten plastic, rubber, and clay mask over roasted nut brittle and grain notes with a lean dryish light-to-medium body and a hot and jumbled over spiced nut, peat moss, white pepper, and waxy honeycomb driven finish.
82 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198408
Red Hot
Cinnamon Flavored Whisky
Pale amber color. Big Red cinnamon gum aromas and flavors with a bold, syrupy and sugary medium body and a cinnamon oil and roll and root beer float finish. Bombalbe
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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