March 2013 - North American Whiskey

This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey
North American Whiskey Reviews
201422
Old Rip Van Winkle
10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201660
Spirits of St. Louis
J.J. Neukomm Missouri Malt Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201142
Masterson’s
10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201694
Four Roses
Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201673
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Cask Strength Bourbon Whisky
Amber color. Floral apricot jam, Italian spices, spumoni gelato aromas with bold, fruity medium-full body and warming creme brulee, violet candy, peppery spice, Cascade hops, and anise accented finish. A wild flavor ride that hides its proof well and will be fun in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202061
Copper Fox
Rye Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201282
Forty Creek
Port Wood Reserve Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201649
Dark Horse Distillery
Long Shot White Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201712
Angel’s Envy
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201297
Woodford Reserve
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201516
Corner Creek
Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201305
Collingwood
Hand-Crafted Blended Canadian Whisky
Amber. 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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201420
Jefferson’s
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201356
Journeyman Distillery
W.R. Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202060
Wasmund’s
Single Malt Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201421
Jefferson’s
Straight Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201387
Bulleit
10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201358
Journeyman Distillery
Silver Cross Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201296
Woodford Reserve
Double Oaked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201531
Downslope Distilling
Limited Edition Series Double Diamond Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201143
Masterson’s
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201691
Wylie Howell
Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201302
Old Forester
Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201388
George Dickel
Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201465
Rock Town Distillery
Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201295
Woodford Reserve
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201651
Dark Horse Distillery
Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201661
Spirits of St. Louis
Vermont Night Whiskey Liqueur
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201876
Corsair
Quinoa Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201483
Black Velvet
Toasted Caramel Flavored Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201301
Old Forester
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202378
James Oliver
Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201459
Burnside
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201693
Four Roses
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201466
Rock Town Distillery
Arkansas Young Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201895
Ranger Creek
.36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201558
Pow-wow
Botanical Rye Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200897
Homestead
Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201303
Old Forester
Birthday Bourbon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201555
High West
Campfire Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201776
Jim Beam
Red Stag Spiced Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201572
1835
Texas Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201777
TOPO
Carolina Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202066
Dawsonville Moonshine
Georgia Corn Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201556
High West
American Prairie Reserve Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201359
Limestone Landing
Single Malt Rye Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201677
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Double-Barrel Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201298
Early Times
354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201897
Canadian Club
Sherry Cask Small Batch Blended Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201557
James E. Pepper
1776 Straight Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201758
Fog’s End
Monterey Rye Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201936
Wiser’s
Small Batch Canadian Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201447
Oola
Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201357
Journeyman Distillery
Ravenswood Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201361
Ellington
Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201304
Canadian Mist
Blended Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201424
Big House
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201859
Ransom
WhipperSnapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201662
Spirits of St. Louis
Hopskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201364
Black Eagle
Honey Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201482
Black Velvet
Reserve Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201425
Big House
Tupelo Honey Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201759
Fog’s End
California Moonshine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201766
New Holland Artisan Spirits
Beer Barrel Bourbon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201475
Goldrun
Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201271
Black Eagle
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202114
PennyPacker
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201725
Colorado Gold
Colorados' Own Corn Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201674
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
American Rye Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201276
Catoctin Creek
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201775
Jim Beam
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201460
Western
Honey Pepper Flavored Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201683
Quincy Street Distillery
Water Tower White Lightning Unaged Corn Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201862
Bowen’s
Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201650
Dark Horse Distillery
Reunion Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201300
Early Times
Blind Archer Spiced Apple Spirit
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201532
See Seven Stars
Moonshine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201939
Wiser’s
Spiced Canadian Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201389
Thirteenth Colony
Southern Rye Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201515
Dad’s Hat
Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201363
Flame Thrower
Cinnamon Flavored Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201299
Early Times
Fire Eater Cinnamon Spirit
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201362
Ellington
Reserve 8 year Old Canadian Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201784
Nahmias et Fils
Legs Diamond Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201497
8 Seconds
Honey Cinnamon Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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