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March 2015 - North American Whiskey

March 2015 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Jim Beam Distillers Masterpiece Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$199.99
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
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$49.99
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
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$59.99
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
W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$24.99
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
Jim Beam Signature Craft Brown Rice Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$49.99
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
Westland Peated Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$69.99
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
Pike Creek 10 Year Old Canadian Whisky
93 points
$39.95
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
High West Double Rye! Whiskey
93 points
$40
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.
The Steward’s Solera Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$49.99
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
Corsair "Buck Yeah" Buckwheat Whiskey
93 points
$55
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.
Westland American Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$55
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.
High West Campfire Whiskey
93 points
$65
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.
OYO Oloroso Wheat Whiskey, Double Cask Collection
93 points
$79.95
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
Ranger Creek .36 White Whiskey
92 points
$32.99
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
J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$35
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.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$39.99
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
High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
92 points
$60
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.
Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels
91 points
$45
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.
Oola Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$48
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.
Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection High Rye Whiskey
91 points
$49.99
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
Manhattan Moonshine Prohibition-Style Whiskey
90 points
$45
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.
Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$47.75
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
Five & 20 Spirits Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$49.95
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
Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection Whole Rolled Oat Whiskey
90 points
$49.99
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
Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$69.99
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
Sugarlands Shine Silver Cloud Moonshine
89 points
$25
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.
James Oliver Bourbon Barreled American Whiskey
89 points
$29.95
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
Lexington Finest Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$29.99
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
Pike Creek Canadian Whisky
89 points
$29.99
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
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Tenderfoot Whiskey
89 points
$45
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.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49.99
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
Oola Whiskey Discourse
89 points
$54
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.
Corsair "Oatrage" Whiskey
89 points
$55
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.
Dry Fly Cask Strength Straight Wheat Whiskey
89 points
$59.95
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
Honey Hole Whiskey
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Mulligan’s Bourbon Premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$23.99
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
Dark Corner Distillery Worlds Best Moonshine
88 points
$29.95
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
Rogue Spirits Dead Guy Whiskey
88 points
$39.95
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
Quincy Street Distillery Laughton Bros. Illinois Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$56
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.
Ranger Creek .36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$74.99
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
Watkins Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$15.99
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
Watkins Select Honey Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Jim Beam Kentucky Fire Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$15.99
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
Old Hickory Great American Blended Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$29.99
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
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
86 points
$39.95
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
Rogue Spirits Rye Whiskey
86 points
$39.95
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
Lone Elm Texas Wheat Whiskey
86 points
$49.99
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
Tap 8 Rye, Sherry Finished Canadian Rye Whisky
85 points
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.
Sugarlands Shine Jim Toms Signature Unaged Rye Moonshine
85 points
$25
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.
Mill Street Distillery Moonshine Corn Whiskey
85 points
$28.50
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
J.J. Renfield & Sons 8 Year Old Canadian Premium Reserve Whisky
85 points
$28.99
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
The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey
85 points
$39.99
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
Watkins Select Cherry Flavored Whiskey
84 points
$14.99
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
Sugarlands Shine Butterscotch Gold Moonshine
84 points
$25
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.
TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey
84 points
$29.95
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
Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
84 points
$29.99
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
Spirit of America Handcrafted Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$39.99
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
Whistling Andy Straight Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$45
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.
Watkins Select Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
83 points
$14.99
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
J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Canadian Whisky
83 points
$19.99
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
Sugarlands Shine Appalachian Apple Pie Moonshine
82 points
$25
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.
Black Eagle Cinnamon Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
81 points
$12.99
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
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