June 2015 - World Whisky

This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky
World Whisky Reviews
210816
John Walker & Sons
2015 Private Collection Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Fruity, spicy aromas of fruit cake and spiced toffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long caramelized fruits, rich baking spices, smoked nuts, and pepper finish. A fantastically robust and flavorful blend with great fruit and delicate smoke.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210405
Laphroaig
10 Year Old Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear gold color. Rich, attractive, roasted herbal aromas of toasted focaccia, smoked nuts, fruitcake, and hot pepper jelly with an oily, lively, fizzy, dry medium-full body and a hot, involved, very long iodine, Band-Aid, chestnut honey, and white cigar ash finish. A smoky, fiery beast that needs a few drops of water to tame to an Islay gentleman.
96 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210939
GLENDRONACH
"Revival" 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Brilliant amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of dark roasted nuts, cocoa, and smoldering pipe tobacco with a chewy, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long toasty honeyed granola, toffee, rich spices, and smoked pepper and minerals finish. A superlative, seemingly endless Highland single malt with great flavor, personality, and poise.
96 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210936
Nikka
"Miyagikyo" 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Gold color. Medicinal aromas of grilled lemon, banana and papaya, conditioned leather and lacquer, praline, and sassafras with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long creme brulee, honeyed dried bananas, exotic spices, and sandalwood finish. A complex and intricate whisky with lots of tropical fruit, spice, and oak tones.
95 points $109.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210785
Aberfeldy
21 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, waxy aromas of honeycomb, dark caramel, raisin toast, and leather with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nuts, honeyed dried fruits, floral earth, and cedar finish. A nicely nuanced and layered Highland single malt.
95 points $133.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210815
John Walker & Sons
King George V Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Bright, inviting, floral aromas of dried blossoms, honeyed pancake, and caramelized nuts with a silky, crisp, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long dried fruits, brown spices, smoky earth, and pepper finish. A great Scotch blend with a vibrant, well balanced fruit and grain flavor profile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210814
John Walker & Sons
"Odyssey" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, attractive, complex aromas of creme brulee, tropical fruit compote, bananas foster, and leather with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long peach pastry, delicate baking and bbq spices, sweet cream, and minerals finish. A superbly balanced blended Scotch oozing with flavor and personality.
95 points $1100
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210778
Dewar’s
"The Ancestor" 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Gold color. Lively, curious aromas of creme brulee, toasted meringue, and peach-apple pie with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long delicate spice, nuts, and minerals finish. A lively engaging Scotch blend that will be quite versatile.
94 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210818
Cragganmore
12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Gold color. Inviting, roasted aromas of nougat, dried apricot, and fruit pastry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long roasted pecans, orange blossom honey, raisin cereal with cream, and pepper finish. A well balanced and attractively flavorful single malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210935
Nikka
"Taketsuru" Pure Malt Whisky
Bright gold color. Lively, attractive aromas of leather, cedar, sautéed almonds, and raisins with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long dried fruits, minerals, honeyed tea, and salted caramelized nuts finish. A superb and evolving whisky for thoughtful contemplative sipping.
94 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210937
BenRiach
"Horizons" 12 Year Old Triple Distilled Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear amber color. Lively, fruity aromas of waxy honeycomb, roasted pecans, and chocolate with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, long spicy peach marmalade, toffee, leather, and baking spices finish. A fantastic rich and flavorful sherry influenced Speyside single malt.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210836
Balblair
"1999" 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Bright, toasty aromas of fruit pastry, delicate spice, and orange marmalade on scone with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, honeyed nuts, peaches, flower patch, and cream finish. A delightfully engaging dram.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210750
Lagavulin
16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear brilliant gold color. Delicate, fruity, roasted aromas of toasty nut brittle and apricot pastry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long char-roasted nuts and peat, dried apricot and citrus, and pepper finish. A spot on Islay with well balanced and approachable smoke and generous fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210442
Glendalough
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Delicate, creamy, fruity spicy aromas of cola, cherry chutney, and white toffee with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length alpine honey lozenge, peppery spices, nuts, and minerals finish. A tasty and refreshing Irish whisky with a lots of appealing flavors.
94 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210616
Johnnie Walker
Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, interesting, roasted aromas of dark nuts, dark chocolate, hint of bouillon, and delicate peat and tobacco with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length spiced pears and peaches, floral honey, limestone, and cream of wheat finish. A nice, round, easy-drinking Scotch that is well put together.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210796
The Macallan
Rare Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of sautéed almonds, dried fruits, spicy custard, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long raisin compote, chocolate nuts, brown spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A flavorful and stylish, after dinner dram with a lot of attractive Sherry barrel character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210747
Mortlach
25 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Delicate, inviting aromas of dried apricot and papaya, herbal olive tapenade, peppercorns, and black walnut fudge with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long tobacco, peppery spice, almond skin, and honey buttercream finish. A supple, sensual single malt for introspective sipping.
94 points $1000
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210625
Irish Glory
Poitin
Clear color. Lively, creamy aromas of fondant and raisin scone with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, crisp honeyed nuts and grain and latte finish. A very smooth and flavorful moonshine with nuances that will mix well.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210501
Grangestone
Bourbon Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, attractive aromas of fruit pastry, dark roasted nuts and grain, and mocha cream with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy creme brulee, dried fruits, straw, and minerals finish. A nice delicate and well balanced single malt.
93 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210654
Cairnleigh
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Delicate, floral aromas of cashew brittle, orange and peach marmalades on scones, and melon gelato with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, long spiced nuts and creme brulee finish. A rich and tasty single malt that is sure to please.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210496
Kavanagh
12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Lively, confected, citrusy fruity roasted aromas of dried apricots and citrus in a suede pouch, roasted nuts, floral honey, and delicate polished wood with a soft, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long peach cobbler, creme Anglaise, chalk dust, and delicate spices finish. A delicate, elegantly balanced and fruit-forward whisky that is sure to please.
93 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210632
Craigellachie
13 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of honey butter on toast, caramelized nuts, and latte with an crisp, medium body and a warming, involved, very long dried fruits, baking spices, and vanilla cream finish. A great Speyside malt that delivers everything you would expect from the classic whisky region.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210751
Dalwhinne
15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gold color. Lively, savory, floral exotic unusual aromas of mango chutney, spicy cornichon, raisin cake, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long spiced nuts, toasted tropical cream pastry, peppery spices and mint, and leather finish. A robust, complex, and comforting after-dinner dram.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210938
The Glenrothes
Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, curious, meaty aromas of bbq char, grilled banana, salty dark roasted nuts, and lit tobacco with a supple, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length minerals and cream finish. An interesting savory, Sherried Scotch.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210748
Oban
Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gold color. Delicate aromas of buttercream, orange-peach scone, suede, and tree bark with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length sweet cream in apricot granola and delicately spiced apple finish. A nice easy drinking Highland malt with a pleasing creamy character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210749
Oban
14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gold color. Roasted aromas of nut brittle, dried peaches in cereal, and honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, minerals and pepper finish. A rock solid single malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210797
Highland Park
"Dark Origins" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear bright gold color. Delicate, roasted aromas of dark sautéed almonds, leather, sandalwood, and carob with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cedar, toffee, raisin cake, and minerals finish. A toasty, nutty malt with a contemplative old leather chair by a fireside appeal.
93 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210615
Johnnie Walker
18 Year Old Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Delicate, creamy, nutty aromas of nougat and creme brulee with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length grainy bread, sweet cream on granola, minerals, and delicate pepper finish. A nicely balanced and very approachable blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210746
Mortlach
18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of leather, olive, walnut spice cookie, and wet charcoal with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced melon, pear chutney, and melted toffee finish. A nicely matured single malt with interesting nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210711
Powers
Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Gold color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of spicy fruit cake, banana custard, caramelized pecans, and wildflower patch with a soft, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, long peppery spices and oak finish. A complex and flavorful Irish whiskey that makes a big impact.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210164
Glen Grant
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright light gold color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of soda fruit bread, white toffee, flower patch earth, and pencil shavings with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length sassafras float, cantaloupe custard, dried fruits, and delicate oak spices finish. A nuanced and lingering Speyside whisky.
92 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210614
Johnnie Walker
Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of honeyed nuts, dried fruits, and raisin toast with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length grain, pepper, and mossy earth finish. An attractive well made blend with a warming finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210613
Johnnie Walker
Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Delicate, creamy, smoky aromas of peat, creme brulee, and toffee with a velvety, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length fruit pasty, minerals, sweet cream, and iodine finish. A very smooth, creamy, and nicely smoky whisky with a health dose of Islay in the blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210610
Haig Club
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Clear straw yellow color. Lively, fruity, toasty complex aromas of banana cream pie, mocha salt water taffy, roasted nuts, and polished wood with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk sweet vanilla cream, toasted grain, straw, and lemon pepper finish. A beguiling and very approachable aperitif dram with a lot of subtle complexity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210752
Talisker
"Storm" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear gold color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, bread pudding, and dried apple with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long smoky peat, creme brulee, spiced dry fruits, and pepper dust finish. A delicious and vibrantly flavorful island dram that delivers unadulterated pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210165
Glen Grant
16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Light light gold color. Delicate, fruity, yeasty aromas of raisin soda bread and spiced figs with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy dried peach, honey roasted nuts, minerals, and peppery spices finish. A nicely comforting "afternoon" Speyside Scotch that would be good introduction to the single malt category.
91 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210834
anCnoc
"Cutter" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear straw color. Smoky, fruity aromas of herbal honey, white embers, peach danish, and spicy bbq rub with a glycerous, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long grilled melon and papaya, charred peat and nuts, and praline finish. A fun, rather atypical smoky highland malt with a generous core of sweet fruit and grain flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210705
REDBREAST
"Mano A Lamh - All Sherry Limited Edition" Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Bright, toasty, complex inviting aromas of cocoa dusted dark roasted nuts, conditioned leather, apricot custard pie, and smoked spices with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-long mocha gelato, nut brittle, figs, and cedar and pepper finish. A robust and intricately layered, well-aged Irish whiskey with a lots of refined wood character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210653
HIGHLAND CREST
Blended Scotch Whisky
Light gold color. Bright, alliaceous, fruity aromas of granola and nut brittle with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long toasted nuts and grain, fruit pastry, floral honey, and minerals finish. A very smooth and nuanced blended Scotch that would be a great introduction to the category.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210838
Speyburn
"Bradan Orach" Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pale light gold color. Bright, fruity, nutty aromas of peach granola, spicy custard pastry, and creme fraiche with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, relaxed toasted nuts and grain, sweet cream, grassy earth, and pepper finish. A subtle and very well balanced highland malt with an easy drinking appeal.
90 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210612
Johnnie Walker
Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Mild, creamy, fruity aromas of cream puff and fruit glaze with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, custard, peppery spice, dried tobacco, and chalk finish. A nicely put together Scotch blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210709
Powers
Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey
Bright gold color. Delicate, fruity, attractive aromas of pineapple upside down cake, creme brulee, toffee, and cedar with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long honey toasted nuts and cereal, baking spices, dried fruits, and leather finish. A great Irish whisky with wonderful layers of spice, fruit, and grain.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210764
Greenore
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Pale light gold color. Delicate, funky, creamy aromas of goat’s milk caramel, banana-peach yogurt, honeyed dried fruits, and varnished wood with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy roasted nuts, wet wood and grain husk, pepper, and slate finish. A cream, oaky Irish whiskey for cocktails.
90 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210817
Glenkinchie
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Medium gold color. Lively, nutty, fruity attractive aromas of buttery caramelized nuts, dried peach, brown spices, and floral honey with an oily, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, very long frosted raisin scone, delicate pink pepper, and moss finish. A rich and nuanced lowland single malt that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210502
Old Ballantruan
10 Year Old Peated Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gold color. Interesting, smoky aromas of smoky peat embers, custard pie, avocado honey butter, and oil with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, raisin compote, pepper spices, creme brulee, and minerals finish. A rather unique, smoky Speyside malt with great depth and balance.; a natural for cigars.
90 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210819
J&B
Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate aromas of praline, geranium, and sultanas with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length banana nut pastry, cream, and pepper finish. A solid, well made Scotch with a pleasing warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210626
West Cork
Original Classic Blend Irish Whiskey
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas of rubber eraser, honey toasted grains and nuts, polished wood, and banana leaf with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced cream on dried stone fruits, nougat, straw and suede, and copper finish. A vivacious whisky with a racy grainy and spicy pot still personality.
89 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210163
Glen Grant
"The Major's Reserve" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, complex aromas of honeyed nuts, sour cream frosting, and orange marmalade on scone with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, breezy peach tart, pepper, nuts, and minerals finish. A solid Speyside with a light appealing character.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210441
Glendalough
7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bright gold color. Bright, sulfurous aromas of raisin chutney, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and hint of fuel with a silky, racy, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, relaxed caramelized papaya and mango, pepper jelly, ground nuts, and balsa finish. A brash and boisterous Irish whiskey.
89 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210784
Aberfeldy
12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Lively, nutty, roasted aromas of peanut-cashew brittle, halva, floral honey, and buttercream with a satiny, soft, fruity light body and a warming, medium-length roasted grains and nuts, peach-apple preserves on toast, tobacco leaf, and chalk finish. A rock solid single malt with nice balance and style.
89 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210783
Dewar’s
"Scratched Cask " 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Roasted, oaky aromas of buttery dark roasted pecans and chestnuts, mocha spice cake, and figs compote with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long toffee, pepper, delicate smoke, and cocoa finish. A robust long-aged blend with a fine balance of fruit, smoky oak, spice, and grain; try with bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210503
Monarch of the Glen
Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Lively, alliaceous, creamy aromas of warm cereal with cream, toasted graham cracker, dried fruits, and butterscotch with a satiny, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long toasted grains and nuts, nougat, straw, and minerals finish. A rock solid Scotch blend.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210611
Johnnie Walker
Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty, nutty attractive aromas of nougat, roasted nuts, and spicy raisin compote with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long white chocolate bar finish. A silky smooth and nicely layered blended Scotch whisky for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210440
Glendalough
"Double Barrel" 4 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Brilliant light gold color. Lively, attractive, roasted woody aromas of honey roasted nuts, caramel corn, and fig cookie with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length praline, mocha, and banana nut toast finish. A nice nutty Irish whiskey that will be great in creamy cocktails or with desserts.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210504
Shieldaig
"The Classic "12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Mild, attractive aromas of praline, delicate spice, and figs with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length toasted grain, straw, and delicate smoke finish. A pleasant easy drinking blended scotch.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210495
Kavanagh
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Clear light gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of spicy peach-pear pastry and honeyed grains and nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nut oil, cream, straw, and minerals finish. A silky and smooth, well made Irish whiskey.
87 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210497
Kavanagh
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Medium gold color. Rich, oaky, earthy aromas of herbed charred nuts, polished wood, toffee, and pencil shavings with a lean, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long wet cedar, white pepper dust, and chalk finish. A nice woody Irish whiskey.
87 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210835
Balblair
"2003" Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pale straw color. Delicate, attractive, creamy aromas of fruity granola with cream, banana, and pie crust with an even, tart, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, relaxed honeyed raisin toast, baking spices, and macadamia nut brittle finish. A lively, spicy dram.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210500
Grangestone
25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Mild, creamy aromas of creme brulee, praline, and dried fruit pastry with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length roasted nuts, minerals, light peat, and pepper dust finish. A pleasant, very approachable Scotch.
87 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210633
Craigellachie
23 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright brilliant gold color. Muted, curious, smoky aromas of smoked wood leaves, and stalks, singed linens, and medicine cabinet with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length honeyed fruits, dried apricot, peppery spices, and potato finish. A rich, powerful Scotch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210499
Glen Ness
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, minty, peppery aromas of toasted grain, creamy porridge, melted praline, and rubber sap with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length wet cedar, nutskin, golden molasses, and grassy earth finish. A light and easy single malt.
86 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210762
Tyrconnell
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bright light gold color. Delicate, attractive aromas of spiced pears, praline, and soda bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, breezy nuts, white chocolate, apple, and pencil shavings finish. A solid Irish whisky that will cover a lot of bases.
86 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210608
Grand Macnish
Six Cask Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Bright, grainy aromas of fresh raisin bread dough, candied nuts, and delicate spice with a silky, soft, light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, relaxed granola, oat flour cookie, honey butter, and pepper finish. A nice grain-driven Scotch blend with a perky, youthful character.
86 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210763
Connemara
Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Brilliant light gold color. Bold, smoky, fruity aromas of peat, caramelized nuts, raisin bread, and latex with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, amusing, carefree candied citrus peels, white nut brittle, and white cigar ash finish. A fun, peated Irish whiskey with nicely balanced smoke, grain and fruit flavors.
86 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210406
Laphroaig
"Select" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear light gold color. Mild, creamy, earthy floral grainy aromas of suede, saddle soap, and cedar with a lean, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp white chocolate, wet white ash and leaves, and rubber pencil eraser finish. A gentle rising arc of light smoke makes this an interesting, mellow Islay choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210837
Speyburn
10 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear light gold color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of dried apricot and mango, honeyed raisin bread, and custard with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy white toffee, pepper, moss, and minerals finish. A vigorous and flavor packed malt with a comforting, gently warming finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210498
Glen Kirk
12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Bright, buttery aromas of creme brulee, buttercream frosting, and nut brittle with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cherry-apricot compote, nuts, and honey buttered muffin finish. A pleasant creamy single malt.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Kilbeggan
Blended Irish Whiskey
Light gold color. Mild, curious aromas of pencil shavings and eraser, medicine cabinet with gauze, carpet, and petrol with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy hay, pepper, and chalk finish. A sturdy Irish whisky for mixing.
83 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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