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June 2013 - World Whisky

June 2013 - World Whisky
This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky

World Whisky Reviews

Jura 1977 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
99 points
$750
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.
Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
98 points
$400
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.
Jura 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
97 points
$550
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.
Stauning Young Rye Whisky
96 points
$87
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.
Suntory The Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$188
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.
Speyburn 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
96 points
$249
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.
Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$80
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.
BUCHANAN’S Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
95 points
$82.99
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
The Glenrothes 1995 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$99.99
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
Nikka Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old Japanese Whisky
94 points
$129.99
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
The Famous Grouse Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$29.99
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
Stauning Single Malt Whisky Peated 2nd Edition
93 points
$160
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.
The BenRiach Heart of Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$39.99
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
Balblair 2001 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$59.99
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
Suntory The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$60
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.
Suntory The Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$60
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.
Dewar’s
92 points
$65
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.
Laphroaig Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$69.99
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
Grand Macnish 15 Year Old Sherry Cask Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
$35.99
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
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
91 points
$40
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.
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$59.99
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
Amrut Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$79.99
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
Sullivans Cove Double Cask Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$99.99
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
BUCHANAN’S Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
$129.99
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
BUCHANAN’S De Luxe 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$29.99
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
Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$89.99
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
Signature Premier Grain Whisky
89 points
$17
Best Buy
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
Glendrostan Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Cú Dhub "The Black" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$39.99
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
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$39.99
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
Jameson Signature Reserve Irish Whiskey
89 points
$50
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.
Something Special Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Grand Macnish 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$24.99
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
Dewar’s Highlander Honey Whisky
88 points
$26.99
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
Grand Macnish 150th Anniversary Edition Blended Scotch Whisky
87 points
$16.99
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
Old Parr Grand 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
87 points
$29.99
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
Haig Supreme 1627 Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$24.99
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
White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$25.99
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
BUCHANAN’S Master Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$46.99
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
Snake River Stampede 8 Year Old Premium Blended Canadian Whisky
85 points
$25.99
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
Nestville Blended Whisky
84 points
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.
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