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March 2013 - North American Whiskey

March 2013 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$39.99
Rich copper color. Aromas of fruity, buttery caramel fudge, roasted pecans, and fine brown spices with a plush, chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long,lingering cherry tobacco, toffee, raisin toast, charcoal, and peppery spice finish. A sensationally flavorful and deep bourbon for sipping or cocktails.
95 points $39.99
Spirits of St. Louis J.J. Neukomm Missouri Malt Whiskey
95 points
$45
Copper color. Very attractive aromas and flavors of smoky mango bbq sauce on smoked turkey, cream pie, and nougat with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lively, interplay of sweet fruit jams, bbq hardwood smokiness, cola, and spiced caramel nuts with woody tannins. A very cleverly conceived and executed smoky single malt that is absolutely delicious.
Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$79
Brilliant amber color. Dense, very spicy and complex, aromas and flavors of citrus-carrot chutney, exotic herbs, leather, beeswax candle, cocoa, and creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, generous finish with layers of flavor. Powerfully delicious and intricate.
Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$39.99
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of cashew brittle, buttercream, leather and salty spiced nuts with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, complex and vibrant finish with layers of dried fruits, spice, mineral, and cream vanilla. A rich and delicious bourbon that will be fantastic neat, in Manhattans, or with desserts.
94 points $39.99
Copper Fox Rye Whisky
94 points
$46
Copper color. Vibrant aromas of clay, butter roasted chestnuts, pickling spices, and rye grain sacks with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed rye toast, peppery spice, cola, fig, and mineral laden finish. A spot-on, wonderfully balanced rye whisky for all applications and occasions.
Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve Canadian Whisky
94 points
$69.95
Beautiful deep copper red color. Highly polished aromas and flavors of buttery caramelized nuts, dark chocolate fudge, candied ginger, and cherry cola with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, seamless wood spice, brandied raisin cake, honeyed rye toast, and caramel finish. Exceptionally smooth, complex and delicious.
94 points $69.95
Dark Horse Distillery Long Shot White Whiskey
93 points
$20.95
Best Buy
Clear. Aromas of peach poppy seed pastry, pressed linen, white flowers, spicy bread pudding, and earth with a silky, dryish medium body and very clean and gentle finish with perfumey dried fruits, granola, sweet cream, minerals, and delicate pepper. Expertly crafted and stylish; will be great in cocktails.
93 points $20.95 Best Buy
Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$48
Pale amber color. Aromas of fruity caramel, raisin cake, vanilla custard, and lather with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming charcoal mineral, spiced plum, and peppery spice finish. A fine fireside sipper or cocktail choice.
Woodford Reserve
93 points
$99.99
Deep copper brown color. Woody aromas suggest conditioned leather, saddle soap, honey roasted nuts, dried peach, granola and delicate spices with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a drying praline, vanilla, and pecan accented finish. A mature, wood-forward bourbon that will be nice with cigars.
93 points $99.99
Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$26.95
Aromas of buttery nut brittle, coffee cake, and spumoni ice cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a root beer float, dried fruit, raisin nut bran, and warming baking spice finish. Very mellow and flavorful.
92 points $26.95
Collingwood Hand-Crafted Blended Canadian Whisky
92 points
$27
Amber color. Interesting aromas of sweet pickle relish, Major Gray chutney, creamy cherry fudge, and pepper jelly with a silky fruity medium body and a orange blossom water, acacia honey, herbal tea and Asian spice accented finish. An amusing and fun collage of distinctive aromas and flavors that will be good in experimental cocktails.
Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
92 points
$29.99
Bright copper color. Aromas of caramelized roasted nuts, honeyed grain, and creamy porridge with a dryish medium-to-full body and a buoyant, spicy orange-date cake, nut, chocolate coffee bean and mineral finish. A flavorful, stylish, and nice balanced bourbon that will cover a lot of bases.
92 points $29.99
Journeyman Distillery W.R. Whiskey
92 points
$34.99
Clear. Sweet buttered raisin bread and fruitcake aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and creamy vanilla, grainy porridge, chalk, and peppery spice finish. Very flavorful and elegant; will be great in up cocktails.
92 points $34.99
Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$37
Rich amber copper color. Intriguing aromas and flavors of suede, olive tapenade, honey, dried fruit chutney and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and long, spicy orange marmalade on rye toast and root beer float-like finish. Distinctively flavorful and a great choice for artisan cocktails or sipping.
Jefferson’s Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$39.99
Bright copper penny color. Aromas of chocolate cherry and graham cracker, honeyed rye toast and corn bread with a rich, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nicely integrated finish with notes of cherry cola, sarsaparilla, mocha, putty and pink peppercorns. A delicious sipper and fine choice for classic cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Bulleit 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$44.99
Rich amber color. Aromas of polished wood, caramelized roasted nuts, dried fruits, vanilla pod and straw with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice drying, cedar, vanilla, and mineral finish. Very elegantly styled, vibrant, and nicely balanced for sipping.
92 points $44.99
Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross Whiskey
92 points
$49.99
Deep amber color. Fresh baked banana nut bread, dill pickle, clay, and dough aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a richly dimensional honeyed multigrain flour, oatmeal, chalk, and baking spice finish. Lots of pure grain character here; will be great in cocktails.
92 points $49.99
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$49.99
Copper color. Warming aromas of caramelized nuts, leather, saddle soap, dried tropical fruit, latex and white pepper with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy, cedar bark, mocha fudge, fruity toffee, pepper, and mineral finish. A powerful wood driven bourbon.
92 points $49.99
Downslope Distilling Limited Edition Series Double Diamond Whiskey
92 points
$50
Copper color. Bright aromas of cocoa, creme brulee, cinnamon raisin nut bread, and baking spices with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively peppercorn, chalk, and sweet potato accented finish. Excellent character and style for sipping or cocktails.
Masterson’s
92 points
$79
Brilliant copper color. Aromas of salted caramel, spiced nuts, new suede shoes, and buttered corn bread with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a dried tropical fruit, ginger, lemongrass, rye grain husk and mineral accented finish. Great vibrantly distinctive flavor texture and style.
Wylie Howell Whiskey
92 points
$100
Pale platinum straw color. Slightly smoky aromas of toasted raisin bran, roasted pistachios, vanilla cake batter, edamame and sweet rice vinegar with a fruity medium-to-full body and a warming apricot marmalade on cinnamon raisin toast finish. A very interesting and unique range of flavors that will be fun to play with in cocktails.
Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Copper color. Aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts with a hint of spice with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, warming peppery finish. A vibrant and spicy bourbon that will shine in cocktails.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
George Dickel Rye Whiskey
91 points
$24.99
Lustrous pale amber color. Attractively layered aromas of honeyed corn cake, creamy nougat, and herbal Provence soap with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a very smooth and balanced spiced cherry, cocoa, peppercorn, and cola accented finish. Very flavorful and great choice for cocktails.
91 points $24.99
Rock Town Distillery Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey
91 points
$29.99
Pale amber color. Aromas of suede, saddle soap, cashew nougat, and toasted fig bread with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long elegant finish with notes of praline, spice, and minerals. Very well balanced and classy, not really smoky though.
91 points $29.99
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$32.99
Deep amber color. Spicy aromas lead with suggestions of coffee cake, smoky toffee lead to a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chocolate cherry, frosted vanilla cake, peppery spice, copper penny, and charcoal accented finish. A robust, spicy bourbon.
91 points $32.99
Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$36.95
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of oily roasted nuts, leather, and salted roasted corn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming spicy raisin cake, wet grain, cream, pepper and slate finish. Great vibrancy and grainy complexity.
91 points $36.95
Spirits of St. Louis Vermont Night Whiskey Liqueur
91 points
$38
Copper color. Rich fresh baked fruit cake and pancakes with maple syrup aromas with a satiny thick fruity medium-full body and along, buttered Belgian waffle, maple, and cherry sauce finish. Delicious and pure; try in hot toddies.
Corsair Quinoa Whiskey
91 points
$49
Amber color with an olive cast. Complex aromas of bbq rub, curry leaves, olives, chocolate, leather, and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creme brulee, coriander, cinnamon, epazote, and peppery pickling spice finish. A rambunctious flavor ride that’s oddly reminiscent of añejo tequila.
Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Flavored Whisky
90 points
$12.49
Best Buy
Pleasant maple syrup and caramel corn aromas and flavors with a silky, sweet medium body and a long, toasty mocha accented finish. An expertly crafted caramel flavored whisky.
90 points $12.49 Best Buy
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Rich amber color. Layered aromas and flavors of toffee, orange cake and blossoms, and spicy peach buttercream with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha, mineral, cedar, and peppery spice finish. A fun, flavorful bourbon that is sure to please.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
James Oliver Rye Whiskey
90 points
$25.99
Amber color with a light salmon cast. Aromas of fruity granola, buttercream, rye grain, and cracked peppercorn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, honeyed nut finish. Very tasty with a nice spicy rye character for sipping or mixing.
90 points $25.99
Burnside Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$27.95
Amber color. Aromas of honeyed fruit cake, charcoal and herbed corn bread with a soft, dryish medium body and a warming praline, pink peppercorn, and slate finish. A solid choice for mixing.
90 points $27.95
Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$29.99
Bright amber color. Aromas of lacquered wood, creme brulee, roasted whole nuts, and honeyed fruit cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, nicely balanced finish. A rock solid everyday bourbon that is sure to please.
90 points $29.99
Rock Town Distillery Arkansas Young Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas of buttery, sweet corn pudding and kettlecorn, grain sack, raisin bran and suede with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cornucopia of dried fruits, Asian spices and sandalwood incense. An attractive and vibrant young bourbon that will be good in crafty cocktails.
90 points $29.99
Ranger Creek .36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$35
Deep copper color. Aromas of olive brine, leather, dried fruits, burnt sugar and tobacco with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a layered toffee, roasted grain, anise, and cola accented finish. Vibrantly flavorful and stylish.
Pow-wow Botanical Rye Whiskey
90 points
$41
Brilliant pale amber color. Bold aromas of creamy root beer float, turmeric, saffron, menthol lozenge and herbal tea with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and warming dance of tingling herbal barks, menthol tobacco, honey, and Asian spices on the finish. A fun, flavorful marriage of whisky and botanicals with a refreshing dryness. A must rye for experimental cocktails.
Homestead Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$42
Amber color. Rich coconut creme brulee and buttery toffee aromas and flavors with a touch of acetone. Supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a nicely balanced finish with notes of dried fruits, cocoa, root beer, and zesty baking spices. Very tasty and sure to please.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
90 points
$49.99
Attractive aromas of creme brulee, cashew brittle, cocoa dusted figs, smoky melted candle, with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tannic, honeyed whole nut, charcoal, pink pepper, cola, and twig accented finish. Lots of woody complexity and a good choice for cigars.
90 points $49.99
High West Campfire Whiskey
90 points
$59.99
Rich amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of peaty smoke, charred caramelized nuts, iodine, and grilled stone fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, lingering warming smoky cigar, putty, campfire ember accented finish. Really smoky, different and fun.
90 points $59.99
Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Deep amber color. Whisky barrel, red hots, and spiced honeyed nuts aromas with a supple, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a vibrant, warming and balanced candied cinnamon nut finish. Very tasty and sure to please as a gateway to whisky category for some.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
1835 Texas Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla and pistachio gelatos, sassafras and praline with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, even, lightly nutty and spicy finish. A nice sipping or mixing bourbon.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
TOPO Carolina Whiskey
89 points
$21.95
Clear color. Mild aromas of creamy porridge, pepper dust, roasted corn, and sarsaparilla with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a lively anise cookie powder, chalk, cream, and peppercorn accented finish. Very clean and lively; a solid cocktail choice.
89 points $21.95
Dawsonville Moonshine Georgia Corn Whiskey
89 points
$26.99
Clear. Grainy aromas of roasted corn husk and bread with hints of dried apple, nut and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nuanced finish with notes of flowers and pears. Tasty and expressive.
89 points $26.99
High West American Prairie Reserve Whiskey
89 points
$39.99
Copper color. Rich aromas of toffee, dried fruit, creme brulee, and touch of glued wood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, honeyed grain cereal, fruit gum, charcoal, and spice finish A pleasant sipping whisky.
89 points $39.99
Limestone Landing Single Malt Rye Whiskey
89 points
$42
Clear. Aromas and flavors of creamy pistachio nougat, raisin scone, and grain husk with a round, penetrating dryish medium-to-full body a warming, white pepper, fig rye toast, chalk dust, and pear eau-de-vie-like finish. Interesting flavor and dimension; opens nicely with water, and a creative cocktail choice.
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Double-Barrel Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky
89 points
$80
Deep copper color. Dense aromas of smoky grilled fruits and nuts, toffee and peppery spices with a vaporous, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a grilled tropical fruit, singed exotic herb, cayenne, rubber cement and charcoal mineral finish. Decidedly different and reminiscent of a lightly smoky mezcal.
Early Times 354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Rich amber color with an olive cast. Bright aromas of honeyed olive bread toast, praline, dried fruit, cola, and baking spices with a silky, fry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a banana cream accented finish. A rock solid bourbon for all applications.
88 points $15.99 Best Buy
Canadian Club Sherry Cask Small Batch Blended Canadian Whisky
88 points
$21.99
Bright copper color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, dried fruits, cola and delicate spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty hazelnut nougat, creamy pudding, pepper, and raisin scone finish. Tasty.
88 points $21.99
James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey
88 points
$27.99
Deep amber color. Delicately floral aromas of dried peach, nougat, creme brulee, and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a buttercream, orange spice cake, charcoal, and patent leather finish. Rounds out nicely with a few drops of water. Nice restraint.
88 points $27.99
Fog’s End Monterey Rye Whiskey
88 points
$32
Golden yellow color. Slightly angular aromas singed grain, corn oil and fritters, and granola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a raisin bran in sweetened condensed milk, dried fruit and peppery spice finish.
Wiser’s Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$33
Bright amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, cola, pistachio toffee, peppery spice, and slate accented finish. Very tasty and vibrant.
Oola Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$39.95
Pale amber color. Aromas of dill pickle, cedar saw dust, vanilla nougat and pine needle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory fruit chutney, olive, and smoked peppercorn accented finish. A zesty, young whisky with an interesting range of flavors; will shine on cocktails.
88 points $39.95
Journeyman Distillery Ravenswood Rye Whiskey
88 points
$49.99
Amber color. Aromas of buttery peach cobbler, mango-cherry buttercream, and delicate spiced almond with a satiny smooth, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gently spicy, peppery, honeyed rye toast accented finish. A very smooth sipper or cocktail choice.
88 points $49.99
Ellington Canadian Whisky
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of berry yogurt, grain, and cranberry nut toast with a soft, silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cherry tobacco, honeyed nut, and mineral accented finish. Flavorful and zesty.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Canadian Mist Blended Canadian Whisky
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Aromas of grain sack and husk, brown butter, and caramel taffy with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a charcoal and pepper accented finish. Nice grainy character.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Big House Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$20
Deep amber color. Aromas of banana cake, green peppercorn, chocolate pudding, and cedar saw dust with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lacquered wood, powdered sugar, and tingling white pepper accented finish.
Ransom WhipperSnapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey
87 points
$32
Amber color. Toasty brown spice aromas suggest nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppercorn, cream, piney incense, and herbed salt accented finish. Interesting, almost tastes like a gin hot toddy.
Spirits of St. Louis Hopskey
87 points
$45
Pale amber color with an olive cast. Big aromas of hop pellets, warm tapioca, alfalfa, and toasted pine with a supple, dryish medium body and a pronounced floral European hop, honey tea, orange marmalade on grainy bread crust flavors on the zesty finish. A whisky for hopheads; try in a beertail.
Black Eagle Honey Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Bold aromas of raw Manuka honeycomb and lipstick with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a honeyed corn pepper bread finish. Very natural tasting honey flavor.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Black Velvet Reserve Canadian Whisky
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Aromas of fruit cake, nut brittle, and mild baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery spice, bread crust, and mineral accented finish. Pleasant.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Big House Tupelo Honey Whiskey
86 points
$20
Somewhat vague aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, honeyed raisin toast, dilute cola, and nougat with a glycerous fruit sweet medium body and a tingling pepper jelly and honeyed nut finish. Will work well in cocktails.
Fog’s End California Moonshine
86 points
$25
Interesting Concord grape juice and putty aromas with a warming, fruity medium-to-full body and a cashew brittle, pepper jelly on raisin toast, and wet stone accented finish. Different, try in clever cocktails.
New Holland Artisan Spirits Beer Barrel Bourbon
86 points
$29.99
Amber color. Mild pistachio gelato, cherry tart, and lemon waxed wood aromas and flavors with a soft, dryish medium body and a vanilla soy milk, nutshell, and chalk accented finish.
86 points $29.99
Goldrun Rye Whiskey
86 points
$59.99
Deep amber color. Raw grainy aromas suggest grain sack and husk with a dash of rye dough, peppery spice, salted nuts, and raisins. Smoothes out nicely on the palate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cinnamon raisin toast, pepper dust, mineral and apple pie like finish. A tasty, earthy rye that will be fun to mix with.
86 points $59.99
Black Eagle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$12.99
Golden amber color. Honey toasted corn bread, corn syrup, and nut aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a clarified butter on kettlecorn and peppery spice finish. Simple, but pleasant and a solid choice for everyday cocktails.
85 points $12.99
PennyPacker Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$22.99
Pale amber color. Attractive aromas of nut brittle, milk chocolate and dried fruit with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-o-medium body and a gentle honeyed grain and spice finish. A solid mixing bourbon.
85 points $22.99
Colorado Gold Colorados Own Corn Whiskey
85 points
$23
Pale golden straw color. Mild aromas of vanilla yogurt covered raisins and nuts with a very soft, almost dilute dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a vanilla milk on frosted flake finish. A bit thin, but good for shots.
Moylan’s Distilling Co. American Rye Whisky
85 points
$40
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of floral hops, candle wax, yeasty banana cake, and praline ice cream with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and cedar, nutmeg, cinnamon and pink pepper finish. Interesting.
Catoctin Creek
85 points
$64.75
Pale amber color. Slightly jumbled and hot aromas of toasty oatmeal, sour cream, rye flour and white pepper with a tingling off-dry medium-full body and an astringent corn syrup and fruit cake accented with lots of minerally heat. A bit a water evens things out and is recommended.
85 points $64.75
Jim Beam
84 points
$17.99
Amber color. Aromas of cherry cake, marzipan, toffee, and grain with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a long, honeyed sweet and spice finish.
84 points $17.99
Western Honey Pepper Flavored Whiskey
84 points
$19.99
Golden amber color. Mild honey creme, Anglaise aroma, old chili pepper, and yeasty peach pastry aromas with a lightly syrupy and sweet medium body and a nutty, peppercorn accented finish.
84 points $19.99
Quincy Street Distillery Water Tower White Lightning Unaged Corn Whiskey
84 points
$36
Clear aromas of corn cake and powdered sugar. Soft and dryish with medium body and a hint of licorice candy coating, rice candy wrapper, and gravel on the hot, slightly gritty finish.
Bowen’s Whiskey
84 points
$37.99
Deep copper color. Aromas of burnt sugar, tobacco and char-roasted nuts with a soft, somewhat flat, dryish light-to-medium body and a mild leather, nutshell and earth driven finish.
84 points $37.99
Dark Horse Distillery Reunion Rye Whiskey
84 points
$41.95
Copper color. Bold aromas of warm butter roasted peanuts, fruit cake and earth with a supple, dryish medium-full body and an astringent raisin bran, burnt rye toast, dried fruit chutney, topsoil, and peppery spice nuanced finish.
84 points $41.95
Early Times Blind Archer Spiced Apple Spirit
83 points
$14.99
Aromas of crusty spicy apple pie with soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium and a gentle relaxed honeycomb and a vanilla taffy finish.
83 points $14.99
See Seven Stars Moonshine
83 points
$27.95
Clear. Roasted corn and candy corn aromas with a soft, fruity medium body and a vanilla pudding, plantain peel, parchment and Coleman’s fuel accented finish. A fiery and fruity spirit whiskey.
83 points $27.95
Wiser’s Spiced Canadian Whisky
83 points
$28
Golden amber color. Rich aromas of fresh vanilla meringue, dried mango, toffee, and peppercorn with a silky, off-dry medium body and a caramel gelato and somewhat angular, hot pepper, fuel, and chalk finish. Really nice start, but fairly harsh on the end. For cocktails.
Thirteenth Colony Southern Rye Whiskey
83 points
$31.99
Aromas of melted crayon, suede, and dried fruit and caramel with a dryish medium body with suggestion of honeyed burnt rye toast, cola and a warming, peppery spice finish. A zesty rustic rye.
83 points $31.99
Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey
83 points
$45
Pale copper color. Angular aromas of wood polish, acetone, burnt sugar, grape nuts and herbs with a loose, dryish light-to-medium body and a cocoa, oak bark and leaves, and grassy herb and spice finish.
Flame Thrower Cinnamon Flavored Whisky
82 points
$14.99
Pale amber color. Pure and direct aromas and flavors of sweet cinnamon candy and apple butter on French toast with a glycerous, sugary medium body and a maple candy accented finish. Simple but effective.
82 points $14.99
Early Times Fire Eater Cinnamon Spirit
81 points
$14.99
Cinnamon and nutmeg laced egg nog and taffy aromas and flavors with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and a rice cake, pewter, and wax paper wrapper accented finish.
81 points $14.99
Ellington Reserve 8 year Old Canadian Whisky
81 points
$14.99
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas of circus peanut, latex, buttery praline and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grain, dried fruit, and pepper finish. A bit uneven.
81 points $14.99
Nahmias et Fils Legs Diamond Whiskey
81 points
$35
Clear. Aromas of melted crayon, putty, crab shell, and fig pastry with a silky, dry light-to-medium body and a pen ink, whipped cream, Asian spice powder, and peppercorn accented finish. A little fiery, fumey, and funky.
8 Seconds Honey Cinnamon Whisky
80 points
$21.99
Aromas of warm tapioca pudding sprinkled with nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate graham crackers with a soft, rather flat, off-dry light-to-medium body and a fleeting, astringent nut oil, old cinnamon bark, wax and pepper accented finish. Needs more stuffing.
80 points $21.99
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