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September 2016 - World Whisky

September 2016 - World Whisky
This month's Spirits feature is World Whisky

World Whisky Reviews

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
Clear gold color. Creamy, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of peach custard and granola, pineapple buttercream, spicy praline, and orange cola and blossoms with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long orange and pineapple marmalades and panettone finish. A fantastically robust and fruity Irish whiskey.
Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey
95 points
$69.99
Dusty gold color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, dried tropical fruits, pink peppercorns, and pencil shavings with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long creme Anglaise, delicate spice, sarsaparilla, and white cigar ash finish. A creamy, inviting whisky that is sure to please.
95 points $69.99
The Dalmore 15 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$110
Brilliant dark amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of butter sautéed nuts and barley, toasted fig bread, leather, and maple nut fudge with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long mocha creme brulee, delicately spiced dried fruits, and smoked tobacco finish. A supple, very refined highland malt with pitch perfect balance.
Barr an Uisce "1803" 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$79.99
Gold color. Nutty aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and figs, muesli, and clay with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, creme brulee, spicy pie crust, and minerals finish. An elegant, nuanced Irish whisky with a great combination of fruit and spice.
94 points $79.99
Scapa Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
Clear gold color. Fruity, tropical, inviting aromas and flavors of peach-guava compote, pineapple creme brulee, fruit cake, and white grape with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, elegant, very long honey roasted nuts and grain, cream, minerals, and grass and peat finish. A rich, fruity, elegant dram that is sure to please.
94 points $79.99
The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$84.99
Clear golden straw color. Creamy, sweaty, attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, chocolate toffee and cream doughnut, maple nut fudge, and orange blossoms with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, spiced stone fruits, sweet and peppery spices, honeyed cereal and nuts, and dreamsicle finish. A robustly flavorful cask strength Speyside whisky that blossoms with water.
94 points $84.99
Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$149.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, white toffee, and perfumed spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long creme brulee, mocha pecan fudge, minerals, and smoked peppercorns finish. A superbly poised and flavor packed highland malt with a deft touch of smoke.
94 points $149.99
The Dalmore 18 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$200
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, vanilla coated graham crackers, sassafras float, and floral honey on microgreens with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, very long chocolate covered apricot, horchata, and delicate spiced toffee finish. A wonderfully layered and long finishing highland single malt.
Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey
93 points
Bright golden amber color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of banana cream pie with whipped cream, coconut macaroon, spicy fruit compote, and amber perfume with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long creme brulee, nougat, spiced nuts, and sassafras finish. A sensationally vibrant and elegant whisky.
The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
Dusty light gold color. Green aromas and flavors of morning dew on a meadow, spiced peach and plum, kidd leather and lipstick, and floral honey butter with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long peat, minerals, spice, and cigar tobacco finish. A spry, scintillating malt whisky with a delicate dash of peat.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
Bright golden amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of butter sautéed almonds, leather and wet clay, dried fruits and ancient grains, and chocolate caramel bar with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length peach tea, cedar mulch, and gravel finish. A nicely sherried and delicate Speyside malt.
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
Light gold color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, white mint toffee, pickled cucumber, and sweet and peppery spices with a silky, lively, off-dry medium body and a warming, intricate, long panettone, leather and cigar box, licorice, and clay and putty finish. A vivacious, spicy Irish whiskey for all occasions.
Grand Macnish "Black" Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$29.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden amber color. Roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of peat, bbq pork, caramelized fruits, and pipe tobacco with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long smoked nuts, white cigar ash, honey pastry, and iodine and gauze finish. An impressively smoky and well articulated blend that is sure to please fans of Islay.
93 points $29.99 Best Buy
Hankey Bannister Heritage Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$40
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of nougat, vanilla maple fudge, chocolate cherry and apricot, and hint of cola with a silky, vibrant, medium body and a warming, complex, long browns spices, praline, caramelized stone fruits, and pepper and limestone finish. A wonderfully smooth, flavorful, and masterfully blended scotch whisky that is sure to please.
Barr an Uisce "Wicklow" Rare Blended Irish Whiskey
93 points
$49.99
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, warm chocolate cereal, maple nut fudge, and green tobacco leaf with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, intricate, very long caramelized almonds and pecans, chocolate drizzled fruits, sweet spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A superbly flavorful and nuanced Irish blended whiskey for all applications.
93 points $49.99
The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$65
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, toasted pine, caramelized stone fruits and orange, and vanilla tapioca with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, toasted grain, honeyed granola, and minerals finish. A delicately balanced, eminently drinkable dram.
Rozelieures Single Malt French Whisky Tourbé Collection
93 points
$90
Bright gold color. Earthy, green aromas of spice cake, caramelized fruits, grains and nuts, warm milk with cinnamon, and grass with a round, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long grilled pineapple and sweet potato, toasted herb date muffin, smoky minerals, and chili pepper finish. A complex smoked nuanced whisky with lots of exotic flavor twists and turns.
Rozelieures Single Malt French Whisky Rare Collection
91 points
$64
Clear gold color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of caramelized and grilled fruits, smoked nuts and peppercorns, rich pipe tobacco, and cedar incense with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long creme brulee, white cigar ash, smoked nuts, and peas finish. A wonderfully rich and smoky whisky with an elegant balance and approachable style.
Hyde 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
90 points
$79
Gold color. Aromas of mincemeat pie with graham cracker crust, dried pear and peach in cream, pepper, and candle wax and yeasty dough with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long honeyed grain and toast, browns spices, honeyed citrus, and minerals finish. An elegant warming Irish whiskies with a creamy, spicy center.
Rozelieures Single Malt French Whisky Fumé Collection
90 points
$80
Bright golden amber color. Roasted, nutty aromas and flavors of toasty pecan brittle, brown butter and dried ham, nougat and caramelized fruits, and sherry and brown grass with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length hot lava rocks finish. A delightfully nutty, buttery whisky with nicely emerging fruit on dilution.
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
Bright light gold color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, brown butter, orange spice cake, and dried peach with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, breezy praline, sweet spices, cola, and coconut cream finish. A smooth and satisfying Speyside with a prominent American oak accent.
MacQueens 3 Year Old Blend Scotch Whisky
89 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Pale golden amber color. Grainy, creamy aromas and flavors of warm cereal with syrup, caramelized nuts, and baklava with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, snappy walnut torte, whipped cream, and pepper finish. A very tasty, light and creamy sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Grand Macnish 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$27.99
Light golden amber color. Toasty, funky aromas and flavors of dark toast, maple yogurt, pecan brittle, and tea leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy mocha cream and tres leche cake finish. A solid blended scotch for carefree sipping.
89 points $27.99
Dewar’s "White Label Scratched Cask" Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$35
Bright gold color. Attractive, nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, chocolate chip cookie dough, cedar incense, and cream of wheat with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length praline, sweet maple cream, delicate dried fruits, and limestone and wood smoke finish. A flavorful, nutty, toasty blended scotch.
Grangestone 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$36.99
Dusty golden amber color. Aromas of cornucopia of dried fruits, malted chocolate, and salty roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long peach tea, pistachio creme Anglaise, and baking spices finish. A silky, elegantly styled highland single malt with a rich core of flavor.
89 points $36.99
West Cork Black Reserve Limited Release Irish Whiskey
89 points
$57
Bright golden amber gold color. Buttery aromas and flavors of honeyed grain, honeycomb, chocolate creme brulee, and hint of pencil eraser with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length dried apricot, granola in cream, and spiced praline finish. A vibrantly delicious blended Irish whiskey.
Virginia Highland Malt Whisky
89 points
$58
Brilliant amber with a pink color. Interesting, roasted, oaky aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate coconut macaroon, dried apricot, figs and dates, and sandalwood and waxy leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, long mocha, maple nut fudge, raisin scone, and minerals and spice finish. A fun wood-finished highland with a distinctive color and character.
Hyde 10 Year Old Sherry Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
89 points
$69
Dull gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of cream of wheat with dried apricots, raisin bread, dried banana and waxy pear, and potter’s clay with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length baking spices, vanilla cream, nougat, and minerals finish. A pleasing, lively single malt sipper.
Grangestone Sherry Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed nut toast, nectarine, tropical blossoms, and polished leather with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced nuts, horchata and mocha latte, peppercorns, and bark and minerals finish. A spicy, creamy Highland sipper.
88 points $34.99
Black Bull "Kyloe" Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$40
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, toasted grain, chocolate zucchini bread, and butter cookie dough with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cocoa, pepper, and minerals finish. A rich, supple, warming blended scotch that will be great in cocktails.
The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pecans, orange marmalade, date cake, and yeasty bread dough with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long halva and oats, custard, spiced nuts and dried fruits, and polished wood finish. A mellow Speyside with lots bready nutty notes.
88 points $44.99
Hyde 10 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
88 points
$69
Bright gold color. Yeasty, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin soda bread, sassafras candy, orange pepper, and pencil eraser with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, spicy rum cake, honeyed grain, fennel, coriander and grains of paradise, and cedar and chalk finish. A zesty, spicy, warming Irish whiskey.
Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
87 points
$45
Golden amber color. Buttery, nutty aromas of butter roasted almonds, fresh baguette, figs, and popcorn with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long toffee, butter cookie, muesli, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A wonderfully balanced and elegant blended scotch.
Kirkland Signature 16 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$48.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of malted barley in a clay pot, grass, and herbal honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, easy creme brulee, caramelized nuts and fruits, and delicate spices finish. A smooth, carefree sipper of a highland single malt whisky.
87 points $48.99
West Cork Barrel Proof Limited Release Irish Whiskey
87 points
$57
Pale light gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered porridge, wild flowers and stems, saffron and curry leaves, and pepper and green herbs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a hot, appealing, very long Coleman’s fuel, honeyed rye toast, and nettles finish. An intense and herbal earth Irish whiskey.
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$65
Light gold color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of peach pasty and gum, vanilla toffee, floral lotion and clay, and pickled melon with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, long toasted nuts and grain, vanilla cream, grass, and wet stones finish. A spirity Speyside with spry, earthy undertones.
Old Tom Horan Irish Whiskey
86 points
$22.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, sour cream frosting, Hawaiian toast, and apple blossoms with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, wet rocks, spiced nuts, honeyed grain, and peppercorns finish. A nice fruity, easy drinking Irish whisky.
86 points $22.99
Grangestone Rum Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
86 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Grainy aromas of fresh pretzel baguette with floral honey, buttery roasted nuts, and hay stack with a silky, bright, dryish body and a smooth, medium-length strawberry kefir, honeyed grain, caramel, and pepper finish. A dry, mellow, grain-forward sipper.
86 points $34.99
The Pogues Irish Whiskey
86 points
$39.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Grainy aromas and flavors of honeyed grain, raisin bread dough, carob nut bar, and waxy pear with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, breezy honey roasted chestnuts, caramel cream, minerals, and pepper finish. A nice snappy Irish blend that is sure to please.
86 points $39.99
Kirkland Signature 24 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$69.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, mocha, dried fruits, and conditioned leather with a silky, bright, dryish body and a warming, compelling, medium-length honeyed grain and nuts, creme brulee, pepper, and minerals finish. A robust, scotch blend with lots of spicy oak character.
86 points $69.99
Hyde 6 Year Old Bourbon Matured Single Grain Irish Whiskey
85 points
$49
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of pepper, peach marmalade, bananas foster, and acetone with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, easy cola float, pepper, nutskins, and mossy stones finish. A young, spicy Irish whisky.
McIvor Blended Scotch Whisky
84 points
$12.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, roasted grains, clay, and hint of soy and cajeta with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long maple buttercream, latte, praline, and pepper finish. A rock solid blend with a nice nutty character.
84 points $12.99
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