March 2014 - North American Whiskey

This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey
North American Whiskey Reviews
205767
Ballast Point
Devil's Share California Moonshine
Clear. Bold aromas of caramelized bananas and nuts, candy corn, and spicy meringue with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, coconut cream pie, peppery spice, honey, anise cookie, and white ash accented finish. Remarkably flavorful and smooth; a delicious artisan moonshine that is a benchmark of the category.
96 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205734
Skip Rock
Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey
Rich amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of hay stack, melted chocolate toffee, mocha cream, and toasted meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a rich, tongue warming menthol tobacco, peppery spice, and sandalwood incense ash finish. A powerfully delicious rye that is contemplative sipper and will shine in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205786
Corsair
Ryemageddon American Rye Whiskey
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of buttery toasted cranberry-cherry bread. honeyed nuts, and delicate spice with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a generous honeyed grain, malted chocolate fudge, and candied smoked nuts and citrus finish. Fantastically vibrant and flavor packed.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205650
Royal Canadian
Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of mocha, spumoni, and toasty praline with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy root beer float, dried fruit, pepper and mineral finish. A nice flavorful, traditionally styled Canadian whisky for sipping or mixing.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205733
Skip Rock
Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Grainy rye flour, pistachio brittle, mango-papaya pie, and chocolate mint cookie aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a baklava, dried fruit, and round browns spices nuanced finish. Seriously flavorful and elegantly styled with a pure rye grain character that jumps from the glass.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205632
OYO
Barreling Strength Rye Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of raisin bread pudding and graham cracker with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling cherry, honey on rye toast, and sweet and pepper spice finish. Great spicy rye character that will pop well in cocktails.
93 points $31.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205508
Knob Creek
Rich amber color. Aromas of toasty nut brittle, creme brulee, sarsaparilla, dried cherry, and sweet and peppery spices with supple, lightly tannic fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, vanilla toffee, dried fruit, pepper and mineral flourish. A full-throttled flavor packed bourbon that is delicious on its own and a superb choice for cocktails.
93 points $40.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205787
Corsair
Single Barrel Triple Smoke American Malt Whiskey
Deep copper color. Smoky aromas and flavors of applewood smoked caramelized bacon, toffee, and jerky with a penetrating dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and long, fuel-like mineral, white ash, chestnut honey on singed raisin toast, peat and praline finish. Super rich and lovely balance of smoke.
93 points $42.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205715
HUDSON
Single Malt Whiskey
Copper color. Aromas of barley flour, toasted fruit cake, chestnut honey, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, rich, caramelized nut and grain finish with lots of peppery spice, delicate anise, and tannic cedar. Impressive.
93 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205666
Bainbridge
Battle Point Organic Whiskey
Bright amber color. Rich aromas of caramel and vanilla buttercream frostings on white cake with mango marmalade filling, leather, and polished cedar. Supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, rich warming spice, honeyed raisin toast, and toffee finish. A decadently flavorful sipping whisky that is sure to please.
93 points $48.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205627
Few
Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber color. Aromas of honeyed dried peach, cherry buttercream, suede, nougat, and cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, rich and balanced granola, Indian spices, and mineral finish. An impressive sipper or artisan cocktail choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205470
Forty Creek
Heart of Gold Reserve Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of malted chocolate powder, honeyed figs, and roasted whole nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, creamy toffee, mineral and peppery spice finish. A delicious and elegantly balanced sipping whisky.
93 points $69.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205505
Redemption
Straight Rye Whiskey
Amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of brown spices, chocolate mint cookie, dried fruits, and root beer float with a penetrating, lightly tannic, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tongue warming, nut, dried apricot, and mineral kissed finish. Remarkable palatable at this high proof and a little water rounds out and amps up the rye character nicely. A great rye cocktail choice.
93 points $69.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205617
Bully Boy Distillers
American Straight Whiskey
Slight hazy pale amber color. Aromas of walnut toffee and cola float with a with a slightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery spice, pencil shaving, and honeycomb finish. Nicely balanced for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205619
Dark Corner Distillery
Moonshine Corn Whiskey
Attractive aromas of acacia honey, caramel corn, and pudding pie with a graham cracker crust with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, warming, sweet spices, anise cookie, and mineral finish. Amazing smooth and balanced at proof with great subtle sweet corn flavors. Great moonshine.
92 points $38.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205712
HUDSON
Manhattan Rye Whiskey
Copper color. Aromas of molasses, caramel buttercream, dried fruit, and baklava with penetrating, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sassafras, dried citrus, mint leaf, pepper jelly, and charcoal accented finish with lingering, numbing heat. Rounds out and integrates brilliantly with water. Definitely for cocktails.
92 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205714
HUDSON
Baby Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber copper color. Aromas of honeyed corn cakes and grain, dried fruits, and delicate spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant cedar, anise, mint, clove, cinnamon and white tobacco ash finish. Nice complexity and balance.
92 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205468
Forty Creek
Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of creme brulee, coconut macaroon, and spiced chocolate nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toffee, dried fruit, mineral, and spice finish. An excellent, complex and flavorful Canadian whisky.
92 points $59.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205766
Ballast Point
Devil's Share Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Robust aromas of spicy tropical citrus cocktail, pistachio gelato, oregano honey, and dried apricot with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, anise-hop candy, alpine mint lozenge, leather, sandalwood incense ash, and powdered sugar finish. Very distinctive with an alluring floral hop quality that will appeal to fans of herbal liqueurs and amaros.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205824
Jim Beam
Signature Craft 12 Year Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla tapioca, toasty fruit cake and brown spices with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and an elegant, resonant, cocoa, anise, mineral, and sweet and pepper spice finish. A fine sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205735
Skip Rock
Headwaters White Whiskey
Clear. Clean aromas and flavors of raisin bran and delicate minerals with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, peppery spice and sweet cream accented finish. A very precisely made and versatile white whisky with a lot of charm.
91 points $16.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205667
Alibi
American Whiskey
Light amber. Aromas of buttery cashew brittle and dried fruit pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a white chocolate toffee, mint, and pepper spice accented finish. Very fun, flavorful and a sure bet for cocktails.
91 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205467
Forty Creek
Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of mocha latte, praline, and toasted meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced spice, nut, rye toast, and vanilla cream finish with a coppery tang. Very nicely composed and flavorful.
91 points $28.45
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205509
Knob Creek
Smoked Maple Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of warm maple nut fudge and maple syrup on singed buckwheat pancakes with a satiny, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a snappy chocolate mint cookie, smoked nut, pepper, and mineral accented finish. Tasty.
91 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206087
Salado
Whiskey
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of nougat, chocolate rice bar, cedar humidor, and condensed milk with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a graceful, cola, vanilla pudding, and peppery spice finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
91 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205633
Quincy Street Distillery
Bourbon Spring
Rich amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, malted chocolate powder, fig, leather, sassafras and waxed wood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, honeyed raisin bran, nutskin, sea spray, and vanilla accented finish. Seems like a higher barley mash bill that gives this an almost Scotch whisky nuance; very interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205649
Caribou Crossing
Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of dark caramel corn, custard, and delicate spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, cola, mineral and pepper finish with a copper pot tang. Nice vibrancy and balance with a an interesting, almost potstill rum quality.
91 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205630
OYO
Wheat Whiskey
Deep copper color. Grainy aromas of honeyed cereal, buttery toasted zucchini bread, polished wood, and pistachio nougat with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy, wheat flour, raisin, pepper and ash finish. Lots of racy grain character for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205469
Forty Creek
Confederation Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of roasted and caramelized nuts and coffee candy with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle creme brulee crust, whole nut, and spice nuanced finish. A very classy Canadian whisky.
91 points $69.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205628
Few
Single Malt Whiskey
Minutely hazy amber color. Enticing aromas and flavors of dried fruits, roasted nuts, chestnut honey, and new suede with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, grainy barley flour, slate, dusty whole nut, and pepper accented finish. An intriguing, flavorful packed single malt for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205466
Forty Creek
Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple sugar, mocha, salted caramel, and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, delicately smoky, honeyed rye toast and tapioca finish. A rock solid Canadian whisky for all occasions.
90 points $25.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205653
Sazerac
Staight Rye Whiskey
Pretty amber color. Aromas of peach granola, honeyed raisin rye toast, and buttery praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, chocolate, pepper, and mineral kissed finish. Very tasty on its own and highly mixable.
90 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205696
Troy & Sons
Platinum Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of toasted fruit cake and light molasses on cereal with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate peach and plum pastry, sweet cream, peppery spice and mineral finish. Nicely refined and flavorful and appealing for newcomers to whisky from vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205732
Clyde May’s
Conecuh Ridge Whiskey
Aromas and flavors of banana pudding and cake, green apple and melon sorbet, and creme brulee with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a fruit cocktail, tobacco, peppery spice and mineral finish. A bit on the confected side, but very tasty, mixable, and crowd pleasing.
90 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205785
Thirteenth Colony
Southern Bourbon Whiskey
Rich amber color. Amusing aromas and flavors of toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apricot bonbon, vanilla coconut milkshake, and overripe apple have a hint of acetone and wax with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, warming and resonant brown spices, raisin cake, menthol tobacco, pepper and slate finish. This will be fun to mix with.
90 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205870
Short Mountain
Tennessee Moonshine
Clear. Aroma of vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, hominy, corn silk, and a whiff of rubber cement with a penetrating fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, warming sweet baking spice, dried fruit, white toffee, corn pudding, and cigar ash finish. Lots of alcohol heat, but lots of fun flavors for mixing too.
90 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205738
CH
Bourbon Whiskey
Pale amber color. Resinous aromas and flavors of pine needle, hop mint candy, juniper jelly, cashew nougat, bison grass, and Indian spice cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a herbal honey, chocolate mint, cola, menthol tobacco, and pink peppercorn flourish. A serious herbal/gin streak in this bourbon; quite curious and oddly appealing. A must try for adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205618
Ridge Reserve
Black Label Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color with a minute haze. Aromas of fresh roasted cashews, pear brandy, and honeyed granola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, tannic pepper, apple skin, cedar dust, and chalk finish. A bit rustic but interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205756
New England Distilling
Gunpowder Rye Whiskey
Burnished amber color. Attractive aromas of honeyed dried sour cherries, toffee, suede, and sandalwood with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced cinnamon rye toast, creamy milk chocolate, peppery spice, and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and versatile.
90 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205631
OYO
Michelone Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Amber. Orange sherbet, honeycomb, cola, and nougat aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed oily nut, licorice, and sweet spice finish. Very clean, gentle, and well made.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205554
Five & 20 Spirits
(SB)2RW Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Intricate aromas and flavors of orange-peach chutney, suede, and floral honey on rye toast with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty spiced tangerine, kiwi sorbet, pepper, mint, and praline finish. A uniquely flavorful rye that will add lots of character to cocktails.
90 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205691
Deerhammer
DownTime Single Malt Whiskey
Amber. Aromas and flavors of toasty peanut and cashew brittle, chocolate yogurt, oat cake, and hay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delicate creamy, peppery, mineral laden finish. A nice artisan cocktail choice or sipper.
90 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205765
Ballast Point
Devil's Share Single Malt Whiskey
Amber copper color. Rich aromas of toffee, fruit cake, coconut frosting and nougat with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasted coconut, oregano honey, ginger, sandalwood, and exotic spice flourish. A deliciously zesty and unconventional single malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205644
Triple Crown
North American Blended Whiskey
Light amber color. Aromas of maple sugar, nougat and faint cherry cola with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, clean, praline, mineral, and delicate spice finish. A tasty, easy drinking, crowd pleasing whisky.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203446
Town Branch
Bourbon
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramelized corn, anise, and brown spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a vanilla milk, pepper, and mineral finish. A rock solid bourbon.
89 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204136
Cyrus Noble
Bourbon Whiskey
Rich amber color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee, cola, spice, and pistachio toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasant, warming finish. Clean, precise, and flavorful.
89 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205751
Texas Silver Star
Texas Honey Whiskey Liqueur
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Robust aromas and flavors of exotic honeycomb, praline, and stewed fruits with a sweet, silky medium body and a pure, well balanced finish. Very natural tasting and well made; will be a great modifier in cocktails.
89 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205672
Cody Road
Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of oily roasted nuts, suede, dried fruits, and toasted meringue with a silky, dryish medium body and a smooth and even, rye dough, honeyed raisin toast, cedar, and mineral finish. Refreshing restraint, refinement and subtlety that grows on you when sipping.
89 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205538
8 Seconds
Black 8 Year Old Blended Canadian Whisky
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricot custard pastry, cashew brittle, and pineapple-orange marmalade on muffin with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gentle honeyed fruit and nut driven finish. A very fruity and appealing sipper or cocktail choice.
89 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205379
Hidden Marsh Distillery
Railroad Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Grainy aromas of rye sack and porridge with a silky, dryish medium body and a very even spiced cherry, cocoa, pepper, cola, jerky, and mineral finish. Excellent nuances of grain, spice and herbal note for sipping or cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205659
Batch 206
Barrel Raider Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber color. Smells like a banana sundae with extra nuts and a bit of apricot preserves. Supple and dry-yet-fruity with a medium body and a pleasant vanilla cream, chocolate mint cookie, dried fruit, leather, and nutty oak finish. A smooth and easy sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205680
Colorado Gold
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted plantains and coconuts, mocha, nuts, and caramel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried fruit pastry, creamy vanilla, peppery spice, rubber cement, and mineral accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205690
287
Single Malt Whiskey
Golden amber color. Perplexingly complex aromas of lavender potpourri, mint, rose hips, and candied Meyer lemon peels with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a perfumed finish with notes of ramp marmalade, hop candy, chocolate granola,leather, grain husk, and pepper. Very distinctive and oddly alluring; will be great in adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205626
Tatoosh Distillery
Whiskey
Pale amber color. Interesting aromas of freshly toasted raisin bran and granola cereal, molasses, cedar dust, and dark toasted zucchini-flax bread with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a white ash, baking spices, cocoa, and dried fruit finish with a metallic twang. Flavorful and fun, with an impression of "Scotchiness".
89 points $52.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205655
Benchmark
Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey
Pale amber color. Aromas of praline, vanilla, and dried fruits with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, warming spice and mineral kissed finish. Very tasty and versatile.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205658
CANADIAN HUNTER
Rye Whisky
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple sugar, praline, vanilla and spice with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming mineral, rye husk, and pepper driven finish. A solid choice for cocktails.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205685
1835
Bourbon Honey Whiskey Liquor
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Vanilla-almond cookie drizzled with honey aroma and flavor with a silky, sweet medium-to-full and a spicy honey cream latte and pepper finish. A solid, easy-drinking honey whisky for mixing.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205686
1835
Bourbon Apple Pie Whiskey Liquor
Hazy copper color. Convincing fresh, crusty apple pie and granola aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a snappy, peppery cinnamon sugar, peppery mole, and dusty cedar accented finish. A pleasure on its own or in cocktails.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205821
Jim Beam
Jacob's Ghost White Whiskey
Silver straw color. Aromas of fruitcake and toffee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a candy corn and nut pastry accented finish. A clean and very tasty white whisky.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205648
Legacy
Small Batch Blended Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, mocha gelato, delicate spice, fancy soap, and anise with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate cherry, pepper and buttercream accented finish. A tasty Canadian whisky for everyday enjoyment.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205790
Belle Isle
Premium Moonshine
Clear. Aromas and flavors of roasted corn and cane and molasses with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming candy corn, pepper, and mineral finish. A solid moonshine.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205671
Cody Road
Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Interesting aromas of singed praline, waxed wood, fruitcake and faint pepper smoked jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a racy, candied citrus and nuts, baking spices, cocoa, salted caramel, white pepper, and cedar finish. Good depth and intensity for cocktails.
88 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205681
Colorado Gold
Rocky Mtn. Whiskey Rye
Pale amber color. Aromas of raw nuts, dried fruit, carob, leather, and pepper with a dry medium body and a sassafras, crystallized ginger, and pepper spice nuanced finish. A very nice cocktail rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205683
Heritage Distilling Co.
Commander's Rye Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of frosted raisin bran, wax, plantain, and fig rye pastry with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming pink peppercorn, edible flower, straw and powdered sugar accented finish. Nice nuances of flavor that should show well in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205625
Tatoosh Distillery
Bourbon
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of caramelized pistachios, delicate herbs, pepper dust, clay, and grain sack with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nutty oak, dried pear, honeycomb and mineral finish. A pleasant sipper or bar mixer.
88 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205537
Black Saddle
12 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
Rich amber color. Aromas of spicy nougat, sarsaparilla candy, and creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, peppery spice and pencil shaving accented finish. Nice intensity of flavor that will stand up to cocktails.
88 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205620
Dark Corner Distillery
Lewis Redmond Carolina Bourbon Whiskey
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramel buttercream, praline, leather, dried apricot, and waxed cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, sarsaparilla, pepper, licorice, and oak dust finish. A solid all-purpose bourbon.
88 points $64.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205657
RICH & RARE
Reserve Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of creamy mocha, pepper and burnt sugar with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a honeyed raisin toast and mineral finish. A sturdy Canadian whisky for cocktails. Serve of the rocks.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205433
Louisiana Lightning
Clear Sour Mash Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of roasted corn cob, molasses and burnt sugar with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and powdered sugar, dried citrus, mineral and white pepper snap on the finish. A lively white whisky for cocktails.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205689
1835
Bourbon Peach Whiskey Liquor
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas of floral dried peach and melon sorbet with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a slightly tannic peach ice tea and pepper finish. A pleasant peach flavored whisky for mixing.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205551
Cooper’s Mark
Honey-Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla bean, dried cherry, and honey gelatos with a sweet medium body and a lingering, mineral and peppery spice kissed finish. A solid cocktail or "sore throat" selection.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205770
Jim Beam
White Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Aromas of nut brittle and creamy vanilla with a soft, dryish medium body and a honeyed grain, cedar, mineral, and peppery spice finish. A rock solid bourbon.
87 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205536
Tincup
American Whiskey
Pure amber color. Distinctive aromas of toasted fruitcake, mint syrup, peppercorns, and faint menthol tobacco with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed corn pudding, pencil, caraway, and charcoal accented finish with astringent tannins. A nice entry level bourbon.
87 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205871
Short Mountain
Apple Pie Tennessee Moonshine
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of apple butter, custard tart, and fresh baklava with a silky fruity medium body and a sweet apple cider, honey, and vanilla and coconut milk finish. Very tasty.
87 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205647
Syntax Spirits
White Cat Whisky
Clear. Aromas of apricot custard pastry and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty pepper, citrus marmalade, and grass finish with lots of minerally warmth. A snappy white whisky with good texture and dimension of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205750
Texas Silver Star
Spirit Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel, delicate spice, and vanilla cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a gentle, drying praline and pepper finish. Quite a pleasant, mellow sipper.
87 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205697
Troy & Sons
Oak Reserve Whiskey
Pale golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple creme brulee and spicy pralines with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a white chocolate toffee, mocha, pepper and charcoal accented finish. A nice and mellow, lightly aged corn whisky for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205553
Breaker
Bourbon Whisky
Rich amber color. Bold aromas of apricot marmalade, cola float, and peanut brittle with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy honeyed citrus, oak, and brown spices driven finish. A rock solid bourbon for sipping or mixing.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205684
Heritage Distilling Co.
Elk Rider Blended Whiskey
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Husky grainy aromas of rye flour, clay, and oat sacks with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a granola, chalk, nut oil, and delicate pepper finish. A nice, dry earthy whisky for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205752
Old Crow
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Grainy roasted corn, nutskin, and artisanal cola aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a praline, nut shell and mint sauce accented finish. Nice somewhat brash character for mixing.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205656
Kentucky Tavern
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of spicy chocolate cherries, peanut butter gelato, and banana creme brulee with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cedar, spice, and mineral accented finish. A solid bourbon.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205654
Zackariah Harris
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Lightly yeasty sourdough raisin bread and caramel bonbon aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed peppered polenta, honey, and mineral finish. A nice mellow bourbon for sipping or mixing.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205713
HUDSON
New York Corn Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of polenta, date cookie, and aloe vera with a silky, dryish medium body and a sweet cream, nut and mineral finish. Solid.
86 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205716
HUDSON
Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
Copper color. Rich aromas of molasses fruit cake, saddle leather, and dark walnut pralines with a supple, dryish medium-full body and drying pencil shavings, smoked nutshell, peppercorn, and mossy earth finish with heavy oak tannins. A very dry and wood forward.
86 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205651
Benchmark
Peach Bourbon
Golden amber color. Bright peach sorbet aromas and flavors with silky, fruity sweet medium body and a peach hard candy and praline accented finish. Tasty and well made.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205613
Willie’s Distillery
Bighorn Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Grainy, earth aromas of corn meal and rye flour sacks, fruity caramel, and pudding with a supple, dryish medium body and a slate and straw nuanced finish.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205717
HUDSON
Maple Cask Rye Whiskey
Burnished copper color. Aromas of caramel buttercream, maple sap and bark, and spiced nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a oak driven, roasted chestnut, mint, and lemon pepper accented finish. Interesting; well made but the flavoring is not very clear.
85 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205687
1835
Bourbon Cherry Whiskey Liquor
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aroma and flavor of maraschino cherry pie with a fruity sweet medium body and a lightly peppery, marzipan and honeycomb finish.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205542
Local Choice
Bourbon Whiskey
Golden brass color. Aromas of singed herbs and spices, crystallized ginger, and burnt sugar with a soft, dryish medium body and a buttery caramel corn, peppercorn, and white ash finish. A good mixing bourbon.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205645
Platte Valley
Straight Corn Whiskey Moonshine
Golden silver color. Floral geranium, honeycomb, dried fruit and pudding aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a grainy, parchment, peppery spice, and mineral finish.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206044
Deerhammer
Whitewater Whiskey
Clear. Sharp and worty aromas and flavors of yogurt coated raisins and nuts, brewer’s yeast, old porridge, and over toasted granola with a dryish medium-to-full body and nutshell, chicory, and dusty hay accented finish. An interesting, rustic, moonshine like white whisky. Try in barrel aged cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205378
Hidden Marsh Distillery
Lone Logger's Bourbon Whiskey
Grainy aromas and flavors of corn meal, caramel corn, and corn pudding with supple, dry, light-to-medium body and a clay, honeycomb, and faint spice accented finish.
84 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205698
Troy & Sons
Blonde Whiskey
Murky copper color. Aromas of Bananas Foster, toasty praline, with a hint of glued wood with a flat, dryish light-to-medium body and a terse chocolate nougat bar an mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205652
Benchmark
Brown Sugar Bourbon
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch and maple hazelnut danish with a glycerous fruity sweet medium body and a delicate roasted walnut and brown sugar finish. Rather liqueur-like in sweetness, but solidly made and mixable.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205543
Local Choice
Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of honeycomb, nettles, and green peppercorn with a supple, dryish medium body and a warming praline and charred pepper finish.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205545
Local Choice
Pixie Peach Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of powdered peach lemonade and clover honey with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a somewhat dilute peach ice tea and chalk finish.
83 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205552
Cooper’s Mark
Maple-Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of burnt sugar, boiled maple syrup, and faint crayon with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, lightly peppery finish. Try as a marinade for country ham.
82 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205854
Vermont Spirits
Black Snake Whiskey
Aromas of creamed corn, roasted pepper, and clay with a dry medium body and an earthy honeycomb and crayon.
82 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205544
Local Choice
Black Cherry Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of cherry mint cough drop with a soft, fruity medium body and a honeyed nut and hot pepper finish.
82 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205853
Vermont Spirits
No 14 Bourbon Whiskey
Copper color. Aromas of pecan pie crust, maple sap, and crayon with a soft, moderately sweet medium body and a round, buttery caramel corn, bark, and grass finish.
82 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205682
Heritage Distilling Co.
Fall Classic Apple Cider Flavored Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of over spiced apple cider, brown paper bag, and lemon waxed wood with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a mushy cinnamon raisin oatmeal and dusty straw mat finish. Clumsy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205153
Rogue Spirits
Chipotle Spirit
Clear. Aromas of bbq rub, pepper jelly, and tape with a flat, bone-dry light body and vaporous and terse nut, dry-roasted chili pepper dust and mineral oil finish. Rather boring and weakly defined flavor, but inoffensive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205688
1835
Bourbon Cinnamon Whiskey Liquor
Slightly hazy amber color. Aromas of molten wax, burnt apples with a flat, sugary sweet medium body and a saccharine, cinnamon stick, beeswax, and pepper dust finish. Too phenolic on its own, but mixable for well drinks.
80 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205737
Mill Street Distillery
Moonshine Corn Whiskey
Clear. Jumbled aromas and flavors of aloe leaf, melted crayon, old corn husk, straw, and clay with a tannic, off-dry medium body and a vegetal, green tea leaf and beeswax finish. Odd and disjointed.
80 points $28.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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