October 2016 - North American Whiskey

This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey
North American Whiskey Reviews
216366
Breckenridge
"Dark Arts" Malt Mash Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, white chocolate toffee, banana raisin muffin, and clay with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long honeyed dried fruits, brown spices, minerals, and tobacco leaf finish. A complex interplay of dark fruits and leathery notes make this a fine sipping and cigar choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216461
Bainbridge
Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey
Light amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, mink oil, butter roasted grains and nuts, and banana-fig cake with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long cashew nougat, fruit cake, dulce du leche gelato, and tobacco finish. A very exotic, leathery whisky with a delicious creamy, fruity center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216746
Eagle Rare
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Sweet, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy fruit cake, cherry cola, nougat bar, and vanilla buttercream with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long spiced nuts, caramel corn, dried fruits, and mocha finish. A powerfully delicious bourbon for all occasions.
94 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216298
Five & 20 Spirits
Rye Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of leather and suede, dried nectarine, butter caramel corn, and pickle barrel with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long rye bread, spiced fruits, pistachio gelato, and cola finish. A fun, flavorful rye whisky that is sure to please in a variety of applications.
94 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216858
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Interesting, floral, hoppy aromas of spiced pineapple, chocolate orange peels, honeyed lemon herb muffin, and pine blossoms with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grapefruit chutney on rye toast, hop candy, lemon-orange pepper, and pine finish. A fun, hoppy whisky with lots of interesting flavor twists and turns for whisky daredevils.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215234
Kirkland Signature
7 Year Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Medium golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, melted toffee, delicate spices, and pencil shavings with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, intricate, very long banana and coconut cream pies, Asian spices and mint, pink peppercorns, and cola and raisins finish. A richly layered and surprisingly smooth high-proof bourbon that will be very versatile.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216658
Ranger Creek
Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whiskey
Clear gold color. Complex, smoky, fruity aromas and flavors of butter roasted peanuts, peach marmalade on cranberry toast, chocolate covered bbq potato chip, and brown spices and leather-bound wood chair with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cacao nibs and shell, corn bread muffin, smoked nuts, and bbq rub and woods finish. A fun, exotically spicy and delicately smoky whisky that will be fun to mix with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217218
Lot No. 40
Canadian Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, cedar pencil shavings and eraser, roasted nuts, and spiced fruits with a silky, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, maple fudge, vanilla, sweet and peppery spices, and oak spice finish. A rich, substantial Canadian whisky with nice layers of bold grain and wood driven flavors.
93 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216217
Hirsch
Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Creamy, buttery aromas and flavors of tapioca, pecan pie, chocolate orange peel and peach, and cedar with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long spicy peach cobbler, sassafras, sandalwood, and spice and mint finish. A delightfully spicy and nuanced bourbon for sipping or cocktails.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216907
Great Northern Distilling
Rye Whiskey
Brilliant amber color. Complex, grainy aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, buttered toasted dark rye bread, dark roasted chestnuts, and bbq spices with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, long rye flour, raisin bran, dulce de leche, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A complex and pure rye that captures the essence of the grain in a beautiful oak frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216205
Cascadia
Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels
Brilliant amber color. Spicy, grainy aromas and flavors of nut bran cereal, dried dill, carob bar, and leather bound cigar box with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long herbal honey on pound cake, menthol mint, sandalwood, and turmeric chai finish. An exotically spicy and herbal rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216742
John J. Bowman
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, fruit cake, creme brulee, and spiced apricots and plums with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long corn pudding, honeyed raisin rye toast, peppered nuts, and charcoal finish. A powerfully delicious, full throttle bourbon experience.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216654
Union Horse
"Reunion" Straight Rye Whiskey
Medium golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie, leather, clay and putty, and spiced apricot with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long mixed peppercorns, menthol tobacco and fennel, raisin rye bread pudding, and rye flour finish. A spicy, grainy, youthful rye with lots of great sipping and cocktail possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216199
Blackback
"Lucky 13" Rye Whiskey
Pale golden amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, vanilla-caramel buttercream, toffee, and buttered muffin with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-long honeyed rye toast, chocolate cream, and spiced nuts finish. A very smooth and flavorful rye that will be a great introduction to the category.
93 points $53.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217217
J.P. Wiser’s
18 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Buttery, toasty aromas of caramel buttercream and latte with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, honeyed grain, spiced roasted pistachio, gravel, and pepper dust finish. A nice combination of buttery flavor and mellowness for easy sipping.
93 points $69.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217238
Case Study
Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear gold color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of spiced and caramelized stone fruits, cola, corn pudding, and white chocolate mint and peanuts with a silky, vibrant, medium body and a warming, very long creme brulee, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A vibrant, flavorful bourbon with a lithe, spry body and a long, satisfying finish.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217534
J Henry & Sons
Wisconsin Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Opaque golden amber color. Grainy, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate maple fudge, buttery caramel corn, toffee, and dried peach with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long white toffee, baking spices, cherry cola, and pepper and mint finish. A delicious, well balanced barrel-proof bourbon that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214126
J.P. Wiser’s
"Red Letter" 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, chocolate toffee, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a layered, long creme brulee, sweet and peppery spices, cola float, and cedar finish. A rich, well-oaked Canadian whisky with lots of character.
93 points $73.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216716
William Wolf
"Frisky" Whiskey
Golden amber color. Candied aromas of caramel fudge and pistachio sundae with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, stimulating, medium-long maple pecan ice cream and creme Anglaise finish. A very tasty caramel pecan flavored whiskey for mixing or whisky shakes.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216659
Kinsey
Rye Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Buttery aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, buttered rye toast, and mint fruit chutney with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, fast chocolate cream bar, vanilla cola, cream of corn, and hint of pepper finish. A mellow classic rye.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214128
Pike Creek
Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
Amber color. Sweet, grainy aromas and flavors of rum caramel cake, coffee ice cream, and dried tropical fruit with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, long roasted nuts, pepper, and minerals finish. A vibrant, spicy Canadian whisky with an appealing rum raisin like character.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216277
Russell’s Reserve
10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of buttery roasted peanuts, caramelized citrus, floral tea, and chocolate fudge with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long honey roasted corn, peppery spices, nutty oak, and grass and mint finish. A robust, concentrated bourbon that will be superb in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214123
J.P. Wiser’s
"Legacy" Canadian Rye Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of tropical fruit cake, chocolate, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long mocha cream, honey roasted nuts, cedar, and baking spice finish. A rich, versatile, flavor-laden whisky with lots of rye character.
92 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216657
Long Road Distillers
Rye Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of dried stone fruit, leather, mixed peppercorns, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long rye cracker with ginger-onion marmalade, cinnamon cola, mint gum, and pepper and herbs finish. A fun, spicy flavor ride of a rye whiskey with a young, wooly underbelly.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216857
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Single Malt Whisky
Gold color. Complex, fruity aromas of fresh rum spice-fruit cake, caramelized tropical fruits and nuts, green hops, and toasted herbs and spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bbq rub and toasted cherry wood, pink pepper, and minerals finish. An exotically spicy and hoppy single malt with lots of fun layers of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217389
Rabbit Hole
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange-mango marmalade on rye toast, dill pickle, and raisin bran with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long toffee, creme brulee, spiced peaches, and honeyed rye grain finish. A robust, flavorful whisky with great rye character and superb mixability.
92 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216274
Wild Turkey
101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Creamy, sweet aromas and flavors of creme brulee and caramel corn, caramelized fruits and nuts, coconut macaroon, and chocolate cherries with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long honeyed fruit cake, sweet and peppery spices, and minerals finish. A rock solid, spicy bourbon that will be great in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211755
William Wolf
Pecan Bourbon Whiskey
Bright gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of pecan toffee and pie and maple nut fudge with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length oatmeal with maple and cream and caramel sauce on pancakes finish. A fun, candied pecan whisky for shots, shakes, or dessert cocktails.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216743
Bowman Brothers
Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of praline and lemon meringue pie, caramel corn, mocha gelato, and chocolate drizzled peach and peach tea with a soft, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-long corn meal, toffee, peppery spices, and toasty nutty oak and minerals finish. An even, well made bourbon with fine flavor and balance.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217220
Gooderham & Worts
Canadian Whisky
Brilliant amber color. Toasty, grainy aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate raisin maple fudge, hint of coffee, and leather and stone with an body and a warming, compelling, medium-long sassafras float, grain and cedar, tobacco, and peppercorns finish. A nice dry, grainy whisky for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216640
Colorado
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Peppery aromas and flavors of butter cookie, spumoni gelato, toffee, and leather and clay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, long vanilla cola, sandalwood incense, sweet cream, and bbq and chili pepper finish. A feisty, spicy, multilayered bourbon that will pop in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217048
Caliber
Apple Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Clear dusty golden yellow color. Candied, sweet aromas and flavors of apple sorbet and soda and apple pie with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, interesting, relaxed spicy apple pie crust finish. A pleasant spicy apple pie like flavored whiskey.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214125
J.P. Wiser’s
Canadian Rye Whisky
Opaque gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, buttercream, delicate spice, and cedar with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pepper, minerals, and honeyed rye finish. A rock solid Canadian whisky with a firm, spicy rye backbone.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216882
Lazy River
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Grainy, earthy aromas and flavors of pastry dough, clay, and brandied raisins and prune with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long honey roasted nuts, baking spices, praline, and pepper finish. A robust, spicy bourbon with a nice combination of grain and fruit.
90 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216937
Braddock Oak
Single Barrel Rye Whisky
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried fruits and tomato, toffee, leather and sandalwood, and latte with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long rye grain and flour, peppery spices, minerals, and tobacco finish. A dry, poised rye with nice gain character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216255
Alberta Premium
Dark Horse Canadian Whisky
Brilliant dark amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of mocha toffee, chocolate cherry bonbons, buttery caramel corn, and peach tea with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long cedar, sassafras float, dusty rye grain, and minerals finish. A rich, spicy Canadian whisky with a nice arc of flavor, pleasing warmth, and a dry finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216251
Canadian Club
Small Batch Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple sugar, light molasses, chocolate nuts, and hint of sherry with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long creme brulee, spiced nuts, honey butter, and minerals finish. A very supple and approachable Canadian whisky with great balance and drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216718
Boondocks
American Whiskey
Bright light gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of tapioca, pound cake with apricot, nut brittle, and mocha cream with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, creme brulee, fruit cake, delicate spice, and nuts finish. A creamy and easy-drinking blended whiskey with substance.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216483
Witherspoon’s
Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of peanut and walnut brittle, dried cherry, kettle corn, and raw nuts with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long sarsaparilla, corn bread pudding, mint tea, and cedar and pepper finish. A rich, well-balanced 100 proof bourbon with a very old-school bourbon style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216747
Woody Creek
Colorado Straight 100% Rye Mash Whiskey
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of raisin bran, dried tropical fruit trail mix, vanilla fondant, and polished cedar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, long creamy raisin bread, flan, mocha, and chocolate mint finish. A supple, creamy rye with elegant layers of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216803
Dry Fly
Straight Bourbon "101" Bourbon Whiskey
Clear gold color. Interesting, grainy aromas and flavors of new suede and saddle soap, dried fruits, honey buttered corn bread, and delicate brown spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, very long spiced nuts, corn pudding, mixed peppercorns, and minerals and fennel finish. A rich, spirity bourbon with a distinctive leathery character.
90 points $64.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216928
Virginia Moon
White Whiskey
Clear color. Fruity, grainy aromas and flavors of yeasty pastry dough, raisin bran, corn meal, and white chocolate mint with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length powdered sugar cookie, corn pudding, minerals, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A rock solid moonshine with sweet corn flavor and pleasing warmth.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216207
Cadée
Rye Whiskey
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach marmalade on a toasted muffin, fruit cake, delicate minty spices and herbs, and cedar with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant graham cracker, peppercorns, mocha, and nutskin finish. A dainty, lighter styled sipping rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216728
Catoctin Creek
Roundstone Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, caramelized nuts, spiced fruits, and putty with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length vanilla custard, sweet and peppery spices, and rye toast finish. A round and lively rye with a spry, peppery finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217219
Pike Creek
Rum Barrel Finish Canadian Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat, spiced stone fruits, leather, and bananas foster with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long spicy oak, coconut creme brulee, and minerals finish. A nice balanced, flavorful Canadian whiskey with a fun tropical twist.
89 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216920
Chicken Cock
"Speakeasy Reserve" Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pencil eraser and magic marker, suede, dried apricot, and floral honey and mocha with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long spiced cashews, minerals, pepper, and cola and chocolate mint finish. A vivacious, plucky rye that will pop nicely in cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216653
Union Horse
Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Opaque amber color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of candied peach, white toffee, mocha, and cherry cola with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long creme brulee, brown spices, nuts and minerals, and pepper and mint finish. A delicious, fruity, nicely balanced bourbon with surprising smoothness for the proof and great warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216365
Breckenridge
Port Cask Finish Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity, yeasty, interesting, buttery aromas and flavors of warm porridge with bananas, yeasty soda bread, vanilla yogurt, and sassafras with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, breezy spiced cocoa, nuts, and straw finish. A nice spicy bourbon well suited for craft cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215235
Kirkland Signature
Tennessee Whiskey
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts and grains, charcoal, and honey baked cherry with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy vanilla cream and pepper finish. A spicy, grainy whiskey that will cut through nicely in cocktails.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216531
Chuckanut Bay
Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of unroasted peanuts, saddle leather and soap, peach butter on toast, and pickle barrel with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long mango chutney, spiced, and cedar finish. A rich, chewy bourbon that packs a lot of interesting flavors in a leather suitcase.
88 points $26.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217216
J.P. Wiser’s
Deluxe Canadian Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of coffee ice cream and walnut brittle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, amusing, long chocolate date muffin, honeyed grain, and peppery spice finish. A nice spicy whisky with a lively marriage of grain and chocolatey, nutty oak.
88 points $27.45
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217212
J.P. Wiser’s
Toffee Whisky
Pale golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch and caramel fruit fudge with a glycerous, medium body and a buoyant finish. finish. A nice fruit caramel fudge like whisky for shots or cocktails.
88 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217213
J.P. Wiser’s
Vanilla Whisky
Clear golden amber color. Candied aromas and flavors of vanilla milkshake, toasted marshmallow, vanilla cake, and rice pudding with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a short vanilla candle, canned whipped cream, and pepper finish. A vanilla shooter.
88 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216883
Heritage Distilling Co.
"Dual Barrel" Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of frosted caramel pound cake, nougat, and fruit cake with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramelized citrus, leather, cola float, and sandalwood finish. A flavorful, lightly spicy, nicely balanced sipping whisky.
88 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216739
Battle Cry
Single Malt Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Barrels
Dark amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of old leather bound book in a dusty attic, shellacked wood, and sweet spiced nuts with a silky, soft, dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy dry sherried almonds and raisins and baking cocoa finish. A nice dry, sherry influenced single malt.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216884
Heritage Distilling Co.
"Dual Barrel" Rye Whiskey
Gold color. Aromas of malted milk chocolate cherries, pecan pie and rice pudding, vinyl, and pepper dust with a soft, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, charming, medium-length caramel corn, vanilla custard, sweet and peppery spices, and pencil shavings finish. A rambunctious rye that will rise to the occasion in cocktails.
88 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216918
Chicken Cock
"Heritage Reserve" Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of corn pudding, kettle corn, spiced figs and dried stone fruits, and coconut with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vanilla buttercream, tobacco, pepper, and charcoal finish. A spicy, snappy, oaky bourbon that will mix well.
88 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214133
J.P. Wiser’s
"Triple Barrel" Canadian Whisky
Medium golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of praline and multigrain toast with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long creme brulee, oatmeal with raisins, and spice finish. A spicy, supple whiskey that will be very versatile.
88 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216906
Great Northern Distilling
Vanguard Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of conditioned suede, fruit pastry, and butter cookie with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish body and a peppery, brisk dark roasted nuts, vanilla yogurt, bbq woods, and slate finish. A grainy, spicy, earthy whisky for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216660
Kinsey
Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel corn and pudding, vanilla buttercream, chocolate nuts, and banana nut muffin with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long cherry cola, spiced fruits, jalapeno corn bread, and white pepper and fine ash finish. A rich spirity bourbon that will shine in cocktails.
88 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216204
Deceptivus
Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels
Bright amber with a rose color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and brown butter, flan, dill pickle, and cedar pencil shavings with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, breezy dried stone fruits, baking spices, and molasses cookie finish. A decidedly different and mellow bourbon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217533
J Henry & Sons
Wisconsin Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel peanut fudge, pencil shavings and suede, vanilla frosting, and mixed peppercorns with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, long tea and sassafras, nuts, spiced peach, and jalapeno corn bread finish. A youthful, punchy bourbon that packs a peppery wallop.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216254
Alberta Premium
Canadian Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Buttery aromas and flavors of caramel corn, nut brittle, and warm maple syrup with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed nutskin, maple sugar, and dusty gravel finish. A nice creamy, mellow, sipping Canadian whisky with a very maple-centric flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216252
Canadian Club
Premium 1858 Canadian Whisky
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter on cinnamon raisin toast, praline, ripe figs, and sack of rye flour with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, crisp rye grain, vanilla frosting, buttery roasted nuts, and cola and pepper finish. A spicy Canadian whisky with a nice backbone of rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216253
Canadian Club
Chairman's Select 100% Rye Canadian Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Attractive, buttery, creamy aromas and flavors of maple syrup, caramelized nuts, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, cedar, and honeyed toast finish. A nice mellow Canadian whisky with even flavors and texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216801
Thirteenth Colony
Southern Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato and chocolate cherry nut fudge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long rich brown and pickling spices, cola, caramelized nuts and fruits, and sandalwood incense finish. A rich, flavorful, and surprisingly smooth (given its proof) whiskey.
87 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216919
Chicken Cock
"Bootlegger's Reserve" Whiskey
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honeyed dried fruits, peach cobbler, roasted nuts, and white chocolate mint with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long leather, sandalwood, baking spices, and cream finish. A rock solid blended whisky that will be very versatile.
87 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216444
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Wheat Whiskey
Bright light gold color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, whole roasted peanuts, orange marmalade on toast, and suede with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy honeyed muesli with dried cherry, latte, pepper, and minerals finish. A mellow, silky wheat whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214584
Crown Valley Distillery
Coldwater Whiskey
Deep amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chestnut honeyed dried fruits, leather, and malted chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long creme brulee, sweet spices, pepper, and cedar finish. A flavor-packed blended whiskies with a lot of spice and fruit that bodes well for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217388
Rabbit Hole
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, mossy cedar, clay and waxed wood, and dried peach with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long pencil shavings and eraser, pepper jelly, nut skins and shells, and herbal tea finish. A flavorful, wood forward bourbon for cocktails.
87 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216729
Catoctin Creek
Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Whiskey
Golden amber color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of circus peanuts, lemon-herb muffin, and fruit cake with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a tingling, breezy roasted nuts, cedar, and cocoa finish. A pleasant, easy-drinking, easy-mixing rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216719
Boondocks
Cask Strength American Whiskey
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pepper, mocha, cedar incense, and fresh newspaper with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long toffee, creme brulee, dried fruits, and white pepper and ink finish. A brawny cask-strength whisky with a warm, creamy underbelly.
87 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216934
Stonecutter Spirits
Heritage Cask Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach and strawberry shortcake, dried flowers, and coconut dream bar with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery honeyed grain, bread crust, minerals, and pepper finish. A snappy, spirity, seemingly rye-high blended whisky that will pop in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217211
J.P. Wiser’s
Apple Whisky
Clear amber color. Candied aromas and flavors of green apple jolly rancher and Jell-O and caramel apple with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk apple custard pie, vanilla frosted cookie, and maple fudge finish. A mellow, lightly creamy apple whisky.
86 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217215
J.P. Wiser’s
Hopped Whisky
Pale golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of burnt sugar, flamed citrus, roasted nuts, and coffee ice milk with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk lemongrass, maple sugar, and hint of herbs finish. A mild, toasty, lightly citrusy whisky for cocktails.
86 points $28.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217214
J.P. Wiser’s
Double Still Rye Whisky
Opaque golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of praline, honeyed fig bread, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long spiced nuts, toasted oak, hot pepper, and tobacco and chalk finish. A firm, oaky, slightly fiery Canadian that will mix nicely in spirit-forward cocktails.
86 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216740
Uprising
Single Malt Whiskey Finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Barrels
Clear copper color. Spicy, fruity aromas of mango raisin chutney, toffee, and butter sautéed nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long dark molasses, burnt sugar and chocolate, over roasted coffee, and singed fruits finish. Lots of smoky, sherry oak notes here.
86 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217049
Caliber
Dark Cherry Flavored Whiskey
Golden amber color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbon, caramel rice cake, roasted coconut, and hint of soy and marzipan with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, relaxed chocolate cherry bar and pepper finish. A snappy, tangy cherry flavored whisky.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214129
Pike Creek
10 Year Old Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus peels, maple sugar, praline, and sandalwood incense with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, breezy flan with raisins, nutskin, cedar, and pepper finish. A nice, mellow nutty Canadian whisky.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216656
Long Road Distillers
Wheat Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of caramel pistachio ice cream sundae, bananas foster, praline, and barn wood and leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length burlap sacks of grain and nuts, dried peach, cedar, and tobacco finish. An interesting dichotomy of sweet confection aromas and dry grainy flavors.
85 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216802
Thirteenth Colony
Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey
Light bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of singed nuts and chocolate, peach-rhubarb custard pie, oiled leather gloves, and pressed flowers with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, odd, quick lemon-pine cleanser, wild herbs and grass, hot pepper, and green tobacco finish. Interesting nose, but hot and disjointed on the palate.
84 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216935
LA1
Louisiana Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of conditioned leather and suede, sandalwood cigar box, and dried fruits with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced figs, green tobacco and straw, burnt nuts, and peppercorns finish. A scintillating, rye-focused blended whisky for cigars or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216206
Cadée
Bourbon Whiskey
Gold color. Aromas of dark caramel corn and corn bread, toffee, and toasty oak with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar pencil shavings, nut shells, and pepper finish. A very oak forward, peppery bourbon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216445
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Malted Rye Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of walnut brittle, hazelnut latte, chocolate, and all-purpose flour with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy creme brulee, delicate spices, nutskin, and cola finish. A mild, easy drinking rye for mixing or sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217390
Rabbit Hole
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Casks
Brilliant golden amber color. Curious, earthy, fruity, musty aromas and flavors of spiced raisins and prunes, cherry pits and almond, mossy cedar and river stones, and movie popcorn with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long nutskin and flan, minerals, Asian spices, and white pepper and cigar wrapper finish. A curious melange of sweet, spicy, and earthy flavors.
83 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216936
Mill Street
Bourbon Whiskey
Gold color. Aromas of candy corn, dark caramelized nuts, yeasty peach pastry, and acetone and gravel with a dry medium body and a hot, long burnt caramel corn, Coleman’s fuel, white pepper, and ash finish.
81 points $38.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217047
Yellow Rose
Single Malt Whiskey
Minutely hazy gold with a color. Buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, movie popcorn, leather, and cucumber with a soft, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery charcoal, wet forest, chocolate pudding, and flat cola and lit cigar tobacco finish. A mellow, oak-forward, smoky whisky.
80 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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