June 2013 - World Whisky

This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky
World Whisky Reviews
202301
Jura
1977 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deep amber color. Elegant aromas and flavors of honeyed cake, stone fruit marmalade, cola, and baking spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry full body and a seemingly endless, warming finish with grassy herbs, peat, smoked nuts, raw honey, and peppery spice. A profoundly rich and sophisticated single malt whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202580
Highland Park
25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deep amber color. Intricately layered aromas of sea salted roasted almonds, suede, toasted fruit cake, floral honey, and faint smoked dried meat with a chewy fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, warming, and very complex finish with waving of exotic fruits, spices, vanilla, singed peat, and earth rushing forth on the palate. A stunningly flavorful and resonant whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202300
Jura
30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Copper color. Aromas of brown butter, roasted pecans and almonds, raisins, leather and toffee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful and rich mossy earth, white ash, and raw honey accented finish. A deliciously robust and layered Sherry influenced single malt that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202518
Stauning
Young Rye Whisky
Bright amber color. Rich aromas of grainy toasted raisin bran, nougat, pencil shavings, spice, apricot, and clay with a rich, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, honeyed grain and nut and mossy earth driven finish. Fantastically delicious and rich. A paradigm of young rye whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202363
Suntory
The Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas of sautéed almonds, suede, figs, honeyed cereal, and milk chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spice, grains, and earth layered finish. Impressive with great sherried wood character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202535
Speyburn
25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Rich golden amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of salty caramelized nuts, chocolate, flower patch soil, smoked ham, and dried fruits with a robust dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, complex finish. A really lovely Highland dram, try with a little water.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202581
Highland Park
15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deep golden amber color. Enticing aromas of honeyed cereal, salted caramel, peppery spices, wheatgrass and smoked nuts with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, zesty citrus marmalade, honey cake, smoky cedar, and mossy earth finish. A sensational vibrant Scotch whisky that is certain to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202387
BUCHANAN’S
Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, honey butter, sea salt, raisin bread and earth with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a elegantly meshed finish with delicate pepper and chalk notes in support. A delicious and expertly crafted blend.
95 points $82.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202510
The Glenrothes
1995 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Rich aromas of buttery sautéed nuts, dried fruit, caramel, and spice with satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, intricate finish with notes of vanilla toffee, peppery spice, and mossy earth notes playing nicely.
94 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202509
Nikka
Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old Japanese Whisky
Amber color. Rich roasted walnut, mocha, maple sugar and vanilla bean aromas with silky fruity medium-to-full body and a very nutty, peppery spice, chalk, smoky tobacco, and roasted grain driven finish. A hearty masculine dram that will go great with cigars.
94 points $129.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202578
The Famous Grouse
Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
Amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of salty roasted almonds, caramel, and delicate smoky ash with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, toffee, pepper and peat finish.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202519
Stauning
Single Malt Whisky Peated 2nd Edition
Brilliant golden yellow color. Grain forward aromas with layers of honeyed grilled fruits, raisin bread, and smoked nuts. Silky and fruity with a medium-to-full body and a clay, honeyed dried fruits, husk, candied menthol, straw and gravel on the finish. Interesting and effortlessly drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202507
The BenRiach
Heart of Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden color. Aromas of nutty pastry, vanilla creme fraiche, honeyed cereal, and dried fruit with a silky, fruity-yet-fry medium body and a raisin bran, chalk, and cracked pepper accented finish. Elegant and very representative of the grace of Speyside.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202539
Balblair
2001 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden yellow straw color. Complex aromas of frosted cake, golden raisin, dried apricot,and toasty nut brittle with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and rich, sweet spice, nougat, pepper and mossy earth accented finish. A pure and very delicious whisky.
92 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202364
Suntory
The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of buttercream, dried fruit, plantain, and pound cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling peppery spice, grain, fig and mineral driven finish. Very smooth and somewhat reminiscent of an Irish whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202365
Suntory
The Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and spicy nougat with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering peppery spice and mineral accented finish. An appetizing whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202530
Dewar’s
Pale amber color with an olive rim. Intricate aromas of raisin chutney, buttermilk biscuit, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, drying wood driven finish with brown spices, nuts, and minerals mingling nicely. A nice blend choice for cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202628
Laphroaig
Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright amber color. Layered aromas and flavors of cigar ash, honeyed roasted nuts and grains, fruity pepper jelly and iodine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering peppery, smoky peat moss accented finish. A must for cigars.
92 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202370
Grand Macnish
15 Year Old Sherry Cask Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
Pure amber color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, varnished wood, roasted coconut,and peppercorns with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming chocolate nut and raisin, salt, and cedar accented finish. Nice complexity and finesse.
91 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202526
Teeling
Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Golden color. Aromas of sweet creamy nougat and honey buttered raisin scone with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy caramel, peppery, dusty grain, mineral nuanced finish. A delicious, elegant, and well balanced Irish whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202692
Glenfiddich
15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of buttery roasted nuts, raisin bran, vanilla, and spicy dried fruit chutney aromas with a very soft, pillowy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with a graceful, nougat, mossy earth and pepper finish. A very smooth and well balanced dram.
91 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202566
Amrut
Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Old gold color. Aromas of honey toasted nuts, vanilla fudge, dried alfalfa, and buttered raisin bread with a rich, fruity medium-full body and a long, toffee, mocha cream, mossy earth, green tobacco, and peppery spice finish. Nice vibrancy and layers of flavor. Add a little water for more honeyed fruit and smoothness.
91 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202568
Sullivans Cove
Double Cask Single Malt Whisky
Golden yellow color. Aromas of salty butter roasted nuts, nougat, suede, and golden raisin with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sourdough pastry, cedar, chestnut honey, vanilla bark, and pink peppercorn accented finish. A nice range of nutty flavors make this a pleasant sipping whisky.
91 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202388
BUCHANAN’S
Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Intriguing aromas of raisin bran muffin, suede, saddle soap, and oily roasted nuts have a faint meaty quality with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and and a spicy, mossy, peppery and slightly medicinal iodine finish with penetrating length. Excellent vibrancy and unique range of flavors make this a true blend of all of the Scotch regions.
91 points $129.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202385
BUCHANAN’S
De Luxe 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of mocha buttercream and coconut macaroon with a silky dryish medium body and a peppercorn, honeyed nut, straw and chalk accented finish. A nice and even blend that is sure to please.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202693
Glenfiddich
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Amber color. Roasted nut and dried stone fruit aromas with silky entry to a dryish medium body with citrus, nut, moss, peppery spice notes and a warming mineral, herb honey, and straw accented finish.
90 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202093
Signature
Premier Grain Whisky
Pale amber color. Attractive and distinctive aromas of bbq spice rub, chocolate nuts, and teriyaki jerky with a wispy soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a vanilla milk and smoked nut accented finish.
89 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202380
Glendrostan
Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Mildly floral fruity taffy and pistachio brittle aromas and flavors with a soft, dryish medium body and a raisin bran and cream finish. A feminine, fruity, lighter styled Scotch. Very appealing.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202348
Cú Dhub
"The Black" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dark brown color. Dense aromas of prune-apricot chutney, chestnut toffee, molasses, and chocolate espresso bean with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted grain, chalk, and mossy earth accented finish.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202694
Glenfiddich
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Honeyed peach, raisin bran, and orange marmalade aromas with a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with a smooth, well balanced finish. Very tasty and sure to please.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202424
Jameson
Signature Reserve Irish Whiskey
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, new suede, and buttered toast and kettlecorn with a silky dryish medium-to-full body and a honeyed grain, peppery spice and wet stone accented finish. A nice choice for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202614
Something Special
Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttery caramelized nuts and mossy earth with a soft, dryish medium body and a gentle, oily pepper, cream and cereal finish. A very tasty everyday dram.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202369
Grand Macnish
12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of salty butter roasted nuts, dried wildflowers, and spiced caramel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pepper and mossy earth driven finish. A very nice sipper.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202534
Dewar’s
Highlander Honey Whisky
Attractive aromas of orange marmalade and honey butter on chocolate scones with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a long,warming orange blossom honey,earth, and delicately peppery spice finish. A delicious, almost liqueur-like after dinner treat.
88 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202368
Grand Macnish
150th Anniversary Edition Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Floral corsage, honeyed nut and grain aromas,and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy sweet butted scone, citrus marmalade, and mineral accented finish. A lovely carefree sipper.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202383
Old Parr
Grand 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed nut toast and cereal with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with a vanilla toffee and pepper finish. A very pleasant, easy-going blend.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202384
Haig
Supreme 1627 Blended Scotch Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of fruitcake and buttery spiced nuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, buttercream, toast, pepper, and nut oil finish. Flavorful and lively.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202382
White Horse
Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of praline, vanilla taffy, and creme fraiche with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and toffee, sweet potato, citrus, and mossy earth accented finish. Try in a Blood and Sand cocktail.
86 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202386
BUCHANAN’S
Master Blended Scotch Whisky
Aromas and flavors of buttercream, praline and dried fruits with a soft light-to-medium body and a gentle creamy vanilla and cake finish. A easy going sipper.
86 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202379
Snake River Stampede
8 Year Old Premium Blended Canadian Whisky
Luminous golden amber color. Aromas of peach buttercream and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-medium body and a creamy, pepper, oak and earth finish. A smooth, relaxed sipper.
85 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201306
Nestville
Blended Whisky
Pale amber color. Attractive aromas of banana nut bread, beeswax, and toasty buttery praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a baking spice and pistachio gelato accented finish. A fruity everyday sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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