March 2015 - North American Whiskey

This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey
North American Whiskey Reviews
210107
Jim Beam
Distiller's Masterpiece Bourbon Whiskey
Copper color. Lively, complex aromas of custard, fruit cake, and rich spices with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, very long spiced nuts, dried fruits, minerals, and peppery spices finish. A superb sipping whisky with great power and balance.
96 points $199.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209821
Stagg Jr.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Copper color. Bright, attractive aromas of toffee, raisin toast, spicy vanilla custard, and floral honey with a supple, racy, fruity full body and a peppery, elegant, long oak, rich brown spices, minerals, and pepper finish. A rich and delicious barrel strength bourbon that delivers a chewy, ton of flavor.
95 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209823
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr.
Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Rich aromas of toasted coconut, creme brulee, fruit danishes, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, massive, long sarsaparilla, oak spices, vanilla gelato, and smoked peppercorn finish. A robustly flavorful and multilayered wood nuanced bourbon.
95 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209822
W. L. Weller
12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber copper color. Rich, attractive aromas of creme brulee, fruit pastries, brown spices, and cherry cola with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long Asian spices, honeyed shredded wheat, minerals, and pepper finish. A plush, flavor packed bourbon with great fruitiness and smoothness.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208957
Jim Beam
Signature Craft Brown Rice Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber color. Bright, inviting, spicy aromas of buttery praline, brown spices, chocolate, and banana-peach pie with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cherry cola, anise cookie, sweet and peppery spices, and ginseng gum finish. A very lively and spicy bourbon with exceptional balance and versatility.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209619
Westland
Peated Single Malt Whiskey
Amber color. Lively, creamy aromas of honey roasted nuts, creme brulee, dried fruits, and band aid with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long toasted grain, peat moss, pepper, and charcoal and iodine finish. A remarkably Scottish tasting US single malt.
94 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209585
Pike Creek
10 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas of mocha gelato, chocolate banana, and delicate spiced nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, subtle, long vanilla buttercream, coconut macaroon, sandalwood, and limestone finish. An elegant and very polished whisky with lots of layers of flavor.
93 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210146
High West
Double Rye! Whiskey
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas of vanilla buttercream, dried peach, leather, and nutmeg with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-long cola, chocolate nuts, pink pepper, and cedar and minerals finish. A very nice oaky rye whisky for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209471
The Steward’s Solera
Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber copper color. Rich, attractive aromas of peanut brittle, sweet corn pudding, creme brulee, and chocolate with a silky, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, long sarsaparilla, pepper dust, cream nougat, and cinnamon raisin toast finish. A robustly flavorful bourbon that will mix brilliantly.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209484
Corsair
"Buck Yeah" Buckwheat Whiskey
Amber color. Lively, curious aromas of cinnamon spiced nuts, buckwheat crepe, chestnut honey, and model glued wood with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced hot cereal, sweet creamy meringue, peppercorns, and pencil shavings finish. A very spicy and interesting whisky that will be fun to make creative cocktails with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206610
Westland
American Single Malt Whiskey
Amber color. Rich, fruity, inviting aromas of granola, peach and pineapple cobbler, and baking spice with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long dried fruit, pepper, vanilla cola, and minerals finish. A vivacious single malt that delivers a lot of flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210147
High West
Campfire Whiskey
Pale amber color. Rich, inviting, complex smoky aromas of malted chocolate, roasted nuts, and delicate smoky earth with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, very long mango chutney, vanilla cream, rich baking spices, and peat and tea finish. A superb delicately smoky whisky that is sure to please and bridges American and Scottish styles beautifully.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209514
OYO
Oloroso Wheat Whiskey, Double Cask Collection
Clear deep copper color. Lively, fruity, creamy, spicy aromas of toffee and buttered fruitcake with a supple, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long creme brulee, dried fruits, pepper, and minerals finish. A powerfully delicious wheat whisky for all applications.
93 points $79.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209616
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Single Malt Whiskey
Bright dark copper color. Delicate aromas of chocolate granola bar, leather, fruit compote, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, lively, fruity body and a warming, elegant, long anise cookie, gingerbread, exotic spices, and sandalwood finish. A powerfully delicious, elegant and nuanced sipping whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209631
Ranger Creek
.36 White Whiskey
Clear color. Lively aromas of raisin bran, frosting, granola, and roasted chestnuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, long sweet cream, peppery spices, dried citrus, and chalk finish. A deliciously fruity and vivacious white whisky that will mix fantastically.
92 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209714
J.R. Revelry
Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of toasty fruitcake, raisin-peach chutney, and baking spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long spice rub, vanilla toffee, pepper, and sandalwood finish. A delicious, well balanced bourbon that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208955
Jim Beam
Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Bright, nutty aromas of chocolate cherry nut bar, sweet corn pudding, and cola nut with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length salty roasted nuts, sassafras, and praline finish. A rock solid bourbon for all occasions.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210148
High West
Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Rich, spicy aromas of fruitcake, vanilla toffee, and baking spices with a lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long oak spice, caramel, and minerals finish. A delicious and vibrant rye for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209615
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
Copper bronze color. Delicate aromas of dried peach, leather, chocolate nuts, and cigar tobacco with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long anise cookie, cola, toffee, and earth finish. A sumptuous, velvet brick of a bourbon with lots of subtle wood tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209562
Dad’s Hat
Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Brilliant bronze color. Delicate, fruity aromas of raisin cake, caramel buttercream, suede, and pepper jam with a silky, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, toasted fruitcake, cedar, exotic spices, and minerals finish. A great well aged sipping rye; try with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209574
Oola
Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey
Bright deep amber color. Lively, fruity, spicy floral aromas of creme brulee, spice nut cake, orange marmalade, and delicate perfume with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long toffee, brown and peppery spices, and minerals finish. A zesty, spicy bourbon that will mix brilliantly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210108
Jim Beam
Harvest Bourbon Collection High Rye Whiskey
Bright deep amber color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of fruitcake, creme brulee, mocha, and peppered chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long cola, brown spices, anise, and pink pepper finish with moderate oak. A nice spicy bourbon with a solid backbone of flavor.
91 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209486
Manhattan Moonshine
Prohibition-Style Whiskey
Clear clear color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas of vanilla coated apricots, frosted cereal, toasted nuts, and wet toasted grains with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, long honeyed grains, minerals, pepper jelly, and chalk finish. A very nicely balanced and vibrant white moonshine with lovely smoothness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209412
Rogue Spirits
Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
Hazy golden amber color. Mild aromas of honeyed grain, hazelnut brittle, and flower patch with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long honey cream, raisin bread pudding, spiced cherries and peaches, and pepper finish. A mellow yet gently warming single malt reminiscent of a lowland Scotch.
90 points $47.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209659
Five & 20 Spirits
Bourbon Whiskey
Deep amber color. Fruity, earthy, inviting aromas of conditioned leather, spiced dried apple, and buttery roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-length toffee, sandalwood, brown spices, and cracked pepper finish. A well composed, graceful bourbon.
90 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210109
Jim Beam
Harvest Bourbon Collection Whole Rolled Oat Whiskey
Bright copper color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas of toasted pastry, caramel cookie, brown spices, and sassafras with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length candied nuts, brown spices, dried fruits, and leather finish with light oak. A delicious and hedonistic bourbon that is sure to please.
90 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209620
Westland
Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey
Bright amber color. Bright, creamy, toasty, fruity aromas of peach custard pie, butter roasted nuts, leather, and chocolate toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long dried fruits, baking spices, minerals, and pepper finish. A robust and flavor packed single malt.
90 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209350
Sugarlands Shine
Silver Cloud Moonshine
Clear clear color. Lively, fruity aromas of frosted strawberry pastry, granola, pickled watermelon rind, and straw with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length honeyed grains, cream in cereal, white toffee, and minerals finish. A nice combination of fruit and fire.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209684
James Oliver
Bourbon Barreled American Whiskey
Pale amber color. Interesting aromas of fruit custard, honeyed grains, mocha cream, and glued wood with a satiny, racy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pink peppercorn, cedar plank, and minerals finish. A creamy, oak driven whisky that will mix well.
89 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209622
Lexington
Finest Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Lively aromas of spiced candied nuts, dried fruits, honeycomb, and leather with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long creme brulee, peppery spices, and minerals finish. A very tasty, rock solid bourbon that is sure to please.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209584
Pike Creek
Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas of caramelized nuts, grilled bananas, leather, and coconut yogurt with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, long cigar box, toffee bar, cherry cola float, and baking spices finish. A vibrant and nuanced Canadian whiskey.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209510
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Tenderfoot Whiskey
Pale amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of raisin bran, dried peach, and suede with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length sweet and peppery spices, nuts, charcoals, and rye flour finish. A very zesty, tongue tingling whisky with warming rye character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208958
Jim Beam
Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright copper color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of toffee, fruity pastry, white chocolate mint, and cream with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long spiced nuts, honeyed toast, lacquered wood, and pepper finish. A great bourbon with lots of character and subtlety.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209573
Oola
Whiskey Discourse
Brilliant copper color. Bright, toasty, creamy aromas of caramelized fruits, toffee, and spiced nuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long brown spices, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and minerals finish. A superb straight whisky with great vibrancy and depth of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209485
Corsair
"Oatrage" Whiskey
Golden amber color. Bright aromas of mocha latte, creamy hazelnut nougat, granola, and saw dust with a body and a peppery, long peppercorn, lit cigar tobacco, and Coleman’s fuel finish. An interesting combination of softness, creamy coffee, and brashness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209546
Dry Fly
Cask Strength Straight Wheat Whiskey
Brilliant deep amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity, exotic, grainy aromas of buttery cashew brittle, floral honey, vanilla custard, and rice and sesame candies with a supple, lively, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long toffee, peppery spices, charcoal, and oak finish. A bold, character rich wheat whisky with a lot of guts.
89 points $59.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209617
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Double Cask Rye Whiskey
Deep copper color. Rich, complex, attractive, spicy aromas of spicy carrot cake, gingerbread, varnished wood, and conditioned saddle leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, prodigious, medium-long cinnamon-ginger-mint candy, pink pepper, sandalwood, and minerals finish with woody tannins. A nuanced rye with lots of exotic barrel character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209558
Honey Hole
Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Bright, inviting aromas of floral honey, warm bread pudding, spicy vanilla praline, and tonka bean with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length honeycomb, peppery spices, bark, and minerals finish. A zesty honey-flavored whisky that will mix very well.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209492
Kirkland Signature
Blended Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Delicate, floral aromas of praline, honeysuckle, delicate spice bread, sandalwood incense, and with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp sassafras, cedar, cashew cream, and minerals finish. A pleasant, easy drinking whiskey.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209551
Mulligan’s Bourbon
Premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Mild, interesting, fruity, earthy aromas of honeyed dried fruits, spiced nuts, earthy cucumber skin, and chalk with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, buoyant honey, sandalwood, white pepper finish. A great whisky for cocktails.
88 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209564
Dark Corner Distillery
World's Best Moonshine
Clear clear color. Mild, toasty, grainy aromas of toasted fruitcake, nut brittle, and warm cream with a satiny, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length dried stone fruits, sweet cream, pepper, and metallic minerals finish. A sleek and stylish moonshine with good power, fruit and viscosity.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209413
Rogue Spirits
Dead Guy Whiskey
Minutely hazy deep gold color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas of dried apricot, tapioca, and raisin bran with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length toasted grain, frosting, and granola finish. A nice, fruity, easy drinking single malt.
88 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209552
Quincy Street Distillery
Laughton Bros. Illinois Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Bright, interesting aromas of wet clay, buttered nuts, fish oil, and fruit granola bar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed white peppercorn, Asian spices, caramel cream, and nuts finish. An interesting flavor ride of a whisky that will make adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209630
Ranger Creek
.36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant copper color. Lively, spicy aromas of buttery praline, citrus marmalade, and pound cake with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long brown spices, honey roasted nuts, minerals, and pepper finish. A lively bourbon with a fun peppery kick.
88 points $74.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209488
Watkins Select
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Bright, interesting aromas of wet grain, dried cherries and papaya, Playdoh, and pink peppercorn with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length salted nuts, sweet cream, sarsaparilla, and licorice roll finish. A nice mixing bourbon.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209490
Watkins Select
Honey Flavored Whiskey
Old gold color. Delicate, earthy aromas of waxy honeycomb, dried fruit and flowers, anise cookie, and pepper with a silky, bright, sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, delicate spice and vanilla-honey ice cream finish. A very nice honey flavored whiskies with good mixability.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208962
Jim Beam
Kentucky Fire Bourbon Whiskey
Bright deep gold color. Lively, spicy, sweet aromas of cinnamon rolls and cinnamon red hots with a glycerous, lively, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length pepper jelly finish. Nice cinnamon flavor for mixing or on the rocks.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209557
Old Hickory
Great American Blended Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Bright, spicy, attractive aromas of spicy cherry custard, pistachio gelato, and almond nougat with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length white toffee, dried cherry, and honey custard finish. A fun, lively crowd-pleasing bourbon.
86 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209283
Maker’s Mark
Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas of toasted sourdough fruit bread, caramel apple, and honeyed nuts with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, medium-long peanut brittle, polished wood, and cherry tobacco finish. A feisty, spicy bourbon that will shine in cocktails.
86 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209414
Rogue Spirits
Rye Whiskey
Clear deep gold color. Curious, fruity, toasty aromas of dried fruits, leather saddle, and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, complex, medium-long peanut brittle, chestnut honey, smoked pepper, and hop cone-like finish with woody tannins. An very intriguing and nuanced, lightly hoppy rye whisky.
86 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209596
Lone Elm
Texas Wheat Whiskey
Brilliant copper color. Rich, floral, fruity, complex aromas of figs, suede, honeyed nuts, and polished wood with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long dried peach and cherry, cedar, and earth finish. A great combination of fruit and earthy tones.
86 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210111
Tap
8 Rye, Sherry Finished Canadian Rye Whisky
Amber color. Delicate, toasty, nutty aromas of melted toffee, polished wood, and raisin bread toast with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length cream in cereal, white chocolate mint, and delicate spiced nuts finish. A nice mellow Canadian whisky with a good range of fruit and spice flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209351
Sugarlands Shine
Jim Tom's Signature Unaged Rye Moonshine
Clear color. Lively, fruity, grainy aromas of raisin bran and figs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length honey cream, rye flour, and nutshell finish. A nice fruity white rye whisky that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209559
Mill Street Distillery
Moonshine Corn Whiskey
Minutely hazy clear color. Lively, brash aromas of overripe apples, beeswax, tropical fruits, and Coleman’s fuel with a velvety, bright, dryish watery body and a tingling, breezy peach and berry yogurt, nougat, wet balsa, and acetone finish. A solid moonshine for mixing
85 points $28.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209316
J.J. Renfield & Sons
8 Year Old Canadian Premium Reserve Whisky
Golden amber color. Delicate aromas of vanilla nougat, fresh meringue, and caramelized plantain with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed fruit nut bar, delicate spice, cedar, and cola finish with light oak. A rock solid, well-made Canadian whiskey.
85 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209508
The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand
Whiskey
Golden amber color. Bright, toasty, nutty aromas of fruitcake, nougat, and spicy egg nog with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length cedar spice rack, pepper, chestnut honey, and charcoal finish. A pleasant, spicy young whisky.
85 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209491
Watkins Select
Cherry Flavored Whiskey
Gold color. Bright, spicy aromas of marzipan cookie and maraschino cherry with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, almond cookie and cherry lozenge finish. A pleasant cherry whisky for mixing.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209349
Sugarlands Shine
Butterscotch Gold Moonshine
Old gold color. Rich, confected aromas of caramel cake, butterscotch, nougat, and cajeta with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, quick caramel bonbon, burnt sugar, mocha syrup, and wax finish. A nice caramel flavor for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209597
TOPO
Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey
Clear amber color. Lively aromas of caramelized fruits, licorice, toffee, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, pepper, wood plank, and nut shell finish with light oak. A fun flavored lightly aged whisky.
84 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210110
Tap
357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
Bright pale amber color. Bright, toasty aromas of maple syrup, toasty pastry, nut brittle, and mocha with a soft, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy peppery spice, nutskins, porridge, and minerals finish. A pleasant maple flavored whisky for mixing.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209452
Spirit of America
Handcrafted Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of lit beeswax candle, figs, spiced nuts, and pepper with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length spiced cherries, roasted nuts, anise, and cola float finish. A fun arc of flavors to mix with.
84 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209502
Whistling Andy
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear pale amber color. Earthy aromas of clay, dried fruit, whole grain, and cracked pepper with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length nuts and honey cream finish. A rock solid bourbon with nice fruit and wood tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209489
Watkins Select
Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Bright golden yellow color. Spicy, fruity aromas of crusty apple pie with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy cinnamon candy and clover honey finish. A pleasant, pie like cinnamon whisky.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209581
J.P. Wiser’s
Spiced Vanilla Canadian Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Lively aromas of toasty cream pastry, spice cake, and butter pecan gelato with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length nutskins, white pepper, raisin scone, and stones finish. A pleasant peppery spiced whisky.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209348
Sugarlands Shine
Appalachian Apple Pie Moonshine
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas of apple yogurt, wood glue, apple jolly rancher, and pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209315
Black Eagle
Cinnamon Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
Pale amber color. Lively, fruity aromas of spicy apple pie, cookie spread, and cinnamon with a silky, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length apple custard and cinnamon candy finish. A fun, zesty apple pie like cinnamon whisky.
81 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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