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June 2014 - World Whisky

June 2014 - World Whisky
This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky

World Whisky Reviews

Teeling 21 Year Old Single Malt Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
98 points
$199.99
Brushed amber copper color with an olive cast. Layered aromas and flavors of dark raisin toast, honey butter, lightly smoked peat, dried peaches, and leather with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex roasted whole nut, dried flower, honeycomb, and delicately smoky mineral accented finish with noticeable wood tannins. A very complex, long-aged Irish whisky for contemplative sipping and cigars.
98 points $199.99
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
97 points
$207
Pale amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted pecans, honey pastry, dried fruit, suede, brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity and a very long and evolving, complex raisin chutney, passionfruit, creamy vanilla, and pepper accented finish. A superb marriage of grain and oak.
Ballechin #8 Sauternes Cask Matured Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$109.99
Golden amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of melted toffee, grilled fruits, honeycomb, and mellow fireside embers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and chewy creme brulee, peppery spice, and smoky peat ash finish. A superb combination of fruit, spice, and smoke. Delicious.
95 points $109.99
Bastille 1789 Hand-Crafted Whisky
94 points
$30
Bright amber color. Enticing aromas of honey roasted nuts, toffee, apricot and orange marmalades on wheat toast with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy peach gelato, pepper, and baking spices accented finish. An amazingly flavorful and fruity whisky with great balance and style.
Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$60
Old gold color. Rich aromas of honeyed raisins, blossoms, and buttery fruit custard pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, grainy, nut, pepper and dried fruit driven finish. A lush, flavorful Irish whiskey that will shine with cigars.
The English Whisky Co. Peated Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$69.99
Golden yellow color. Lightly smoky aromas of caramelized nuts and stone fruits, peat, and toasted muffin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, resonant campfire ember, creme brulee, smoked nuts, and peppery spice finish. A delicious marriage of grain, fruit and smoke element. An obvious choice for a great cigar experience.
94 points $69.99
The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$70
Rich amber color. Bold aromas of toasted fruitcake, praline, and creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a lush, warming finish with notes of sweet baking spices, roasted chestnuts, pepper, grain husk, and mineral ore. A fantastic sipping whiskey.
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky
94 points
$74.99
Golden yellow color. Complex aromas of salty smoked pecans, dried fruits, and toast with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, interplay of grains, fruits, nuts, spices, and delicately smoky, mossy peat. A fantastically flavorful and beguiling blend. Impressive.
94 points $74.99
Glen Garioch 1994 Vintage Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$109.99
Brassy yellow color. Rich, complex aromas of toffee, fresh cake, olive, cornichon, orange marmalade, and figs with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, spicy finish with notes of nuts, tobacco, earth, and honeycomb. Sweet cream of wheat, dried fruits, and cream brulee notes emerge with water. Sensational.
94 points $109.99
LISMORE 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$45.99
Amber color. Rich aromas of salty roasted nuts, apricot marmalade, floral honey and cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a raisin toast, brown spice, custard, and spicy chutney finish. A very tasty sipper or cocktail choice.
93 points $45.99
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$54.99
Old gold color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, caramel yogurt, suede, and mild white cigar ash with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a suede, dried fruits, pepper jelly and iodine driven finish. A nice confluence of sweet oak and smoky peat notes.
93 points $54.99
LISMORE 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$54.99
Amber color. Aromas of dried fruits, chocolate roasted pecans, leather, and creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy raisin apple compote, pepper, and mineral finish with nice rancio and umami notes. A rich and delicious single malt for after dinner sipping.
93 points $54.99
Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
93 points
$55.55
Pale amber color. Rich aromas of banana cake and coconut cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and smooth toasted praline, mineral, leather, and brown spices accented finish. A sturdy sipping whisky that will be great with cigars.
93 points $55.55
GLENDRONACH Cask Strength Batch 2 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$99.99
Copper color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried apricots, honeyed cream, Asian spices, and vanilla walnut fudge with a rich, fruity medium-full body and a long, caramelized nut, peppery spice, and mineral ore accented finish. Amazingly balanced at cask strength and a little water rounds this out beautifully emphasizing roasted nut and fruit notes.
93 points $99.99
LISMORE The Legend 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$109.99
Deep amber color. Exotic aromas of menthol mint, kiwi-grapefruit sorbet, cornichon, and white chocolate toffee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and mocha cream, marzipan and delicate honeyed herb and spice finish. A very distinctive and flavor packed dram.
93 points $109.99
The Glenrothes 2001 Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$69.99
Pale amber color. Rich aromas of roasted pecans, salted caramel, and banana cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, cinnamon creme brulee, honeyed grain, and dried tropical fruit finish. Great vitality of flavor and structure; try with cigars.
92 points $69.99
Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
92 points
$100
Golden amber color. Rich aromas of fig pasty, caramelized nuts, and floral honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, complex spice, grain, pepper, and mineral finish. A delicious and nuanced sipping whiskey.
Kilbeggan 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
92 points
$114.99
Golden amber color. Lush honeyed peach, pear and tapioca aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, warming baking spices, cake, nut, and mineral finish. A delicious and smooth fireside sipper.
92 points $114.99
Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
91 points
$34.99
Amber color. Aromas of banana bread toast, roasted pecans, and caramel with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed almond, date pastry, and mineral accented finish. A flavorful, flexible whiskey.
91 points $34.99
Lombard Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$24.99
Pale amber color. Aromas of roasted grain, dried beef, and caramelized nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a marmalade on date bread, sweet creme brulee, mineral, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty blend that is sure to please.
90 points $24.99
Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of coconut macaroon and peach marmalade on raisin toast with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a gentle honey toasted grain and mineral accented finish. A very smooth and delicate whisky that is sure to please.
90 points $39.99
Balblair 2002 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$69.99
Yellow color. Aromas of nougat, toasted pound cake, and delicate spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vibrant dusty grain and nut, grassy earth, and floral honey finish with chewy oak tannins. A sturdy, flavorful malt for sipping or in craft cocktails.
90 points $69.99
McClelland’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of spicy apple tart and white toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a fine, honeyed grain, whole nut, and grassy earth finish. A nice mellowly balanced sipping malt.
89 points $24.99
Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$39.99
Golden yellow color. Aroma of conditioned suede, barley flour, dried peach and pear, and smoked nuts with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a well balanced honeyed grain, pepper, and white cigar ash accented finish. A very nice Islay dram for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $39.99
Storm Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$39.99
Amber color. Aromas of goat’s milk caramel, papaya, and honeyed toast with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming peppery spice, dried fruit, and roasted nut and minutely smoky mineral finish. A charming whisky with wide appeal.
89 points $39.99
Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
89 points
$54.99
Brass color with an orange cast. Aromas of cooking porridge, caramel rice cake, and toasted raisin nut bread with a soft, dryish medium body and a honeyed whole grain, white peppercorn, gravel, and glued wood accented finish. Try with seafood.
89 points $54.99
The English Whisky Co. Classic Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$69.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fruity granola, nougat, and spicy custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, powdered pastry and limestone finish. A nice mellow sipper.
89 points $69.99
Irish Mist Whiskey
88 points
$28.99
Lustrous golden color. Mellow aromas and flavors of honey, bread, and sweet cream with a soft, dryish medium body and a gentle nut and mineral accented finish. An easy drinking sipper.
88 points $28.99
Glen Moray Classic Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$22.99
Golden straw color. Mild aromas of banana taffy and buttered spice cake with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dulce de leche, pepper, almond, and dried fruity accented finish. A nice mellow sipper.
87 points $22.99
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
87 points
$23.99
Golden color. Toasted grain and nut and floral honey aromas have a lightly metallic edge with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, roasted fruit and pepper accented finish. A solid mixing whiskey.
87 points $23.99
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
87 points
$31.95
Golden yellow. Aromas of floral honey, maple sugar, and cream of wheat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a powdered sugar on dried fruit finish. A nice easy going sipper.
87 points $31.95
Malloye’s Irish Whiskey
86 points
$18.99
Golden color. Aromas of toasted raisin soda bread and Brazil nuts with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sweet honey cream and hot pepper finish. A good mixing whiskey.
86 points $18.99
The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of burnt brown sugar, smoky roasted nuts, and wax with a supple, dryish medium body and a soft, creamy nougat finish. A nice relaxed sipper.
86 points $24.99
Concannon Irish Whiskey
86 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aroma of honeyed raisin scone with a very soft light-to-medium body and a cake flour and pepper finish.
Kennedy Original Whiskey
84 points
$22
Rubbed bronze color. Aromas and flavors buttered caramel corn, honey nut Cherrios, and apple tart with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk, grainy toast and chalk finish. Try over ice in the summer,
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