June 2014 - World Whisky

This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky
World Whisky Reviews
206626
Teeling
21 Year Old Single Malt Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206596
Jameson
Rarest Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206414
Ballechin
#8 Sauternes Cask Matured Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206607
Bastille 1789
Hand-Crafted Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206461
Knappogue Castle
14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206623
The English Whisky Co.
Peated Single Malt Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206608
The Irishman
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206612
The Tweeddale
Blended Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206391
Glen Garioch
1994 Vintage Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206457
LISMORE
15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206561
Laphroaig
Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206458
LISMORE
18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206595
Jameson
Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206515
GLENDRONACH
Cask Strength Batch 2 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206459
LISMORE
The Legend 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206413
Edradour
10 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Brushed amber color. Aromas of salt caramel, roasted nuts, and spicy bread pudding with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a malted chocolate, minted melon, sour cream pastry, and mossy earth finish. An interesting combination of grain, fruit, and earth.
92 points $55.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206513
The Glenrothes
2001 Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206462
Knappogue Castle
16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206451
Kilbeggan
18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206597
Jameson
Select Reserve Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206569
Lombard
Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206389
Auchentoshan
American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206588
Balblair
2002 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206392
McClelland’s
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206390
Bowmore
Small Batch Reserve Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206570
Storm
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206559
Laphroaig
10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of grilled peaches, iodine, bandage and campfire embers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasantly balanced lit cigar, powdered sugared nut, and mineral finish. A fun, iodine forward peaty Islay dram with great drinkability.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206627
Teeling
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206624
The English Whisky Co.
Classic Single Malt Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206388
Irish Mist
Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206511
Glen Moray
Classic Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206450
Kilbeggan
Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205736
2 Gingers
Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206494
Malloye’s
Irish Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206415
The Fat Trout
Blended Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206591
Concannon
Irish Whiskey
Golden yellow color. Aroma of honeyed raisin scone with a very soft light-to-medium body and a cake flour and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206585
Kennedy
Original Whiskey
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,
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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