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October 2016 - North American Whiskey

October 2016 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Breckenridge "Dark Arts" Malt Mash Whiskey
96 points
$299
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.
Bainbridge Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey
95 points
$495
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.
Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$29.99
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
Five & 20 Spirits Rye Whiskey
94 points
$49.95
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
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$70
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.
Kirkland Signature 7 Year Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$29.99
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
Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$35
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.
Lot No. 40 Canadian Whisky
93 points
$39.95
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
Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$39.99
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
Great Northern Distilling Rye Whiskey
93 points
$42
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.
Cascadia Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels
93 points
$49
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.
John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$49.99
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
Union Horse "Reunion" Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$51
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.
Blackback "Lucky 13" Rye Whiskey
93 points
$53.49
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
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old Canadian Whisky
93 points
$69.95
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
Case Study Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$69.99
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
J Henry & Sons Wisconsin Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$70
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.
J.P. Wiser’s "Red Letter" 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky
93 points
$73.99
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
William Wolf "Frisky" Whiskey
92 points
$24.99
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
Kinsey Rye Whiskey
92 points
$29.99
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
Pike Creek Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
92 points
$29.99
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
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$35
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.
J.P. Wiser’s "Legacy" Canadian Rye Whisky
92 points
$36.99
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
Long Road Distillers Rye Whisky
92 points
$39.99
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
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$50
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.
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$59.99
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
Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$24
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.
William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$24.99
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
Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$29.99
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
Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whisky
91 points
$44.95
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
Colorado Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$65
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.
Caliber Apple Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Rye Whisky
90 points
$22.99
Best Buy
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
Lazy River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$32.99
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
Braddock Oak Single Barrel Rye Whisky
90 points
$35
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.
Alberta Premium Dark Horse Canadian Whisky
90 points
$36
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.
Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
90 points
$36
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.
Boondocks American Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
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
Witherspoon’s Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$40
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.
Woody Creek Colorado Straight 100% Rye Mash Whiskey
90 points
$45
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.
Dry Fly Straight Bourbon "101" Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$64.95
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
Virginia Moon White Whiskey
89 points
$29.99
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
Cadée Rye Whiskey
89 points
$39
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.
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey
89 points
$39
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.
Pike Creek Rum Barrel Finish Canadian Whisky
89 points
$39.95
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
Chicken Cock "Speakeasy Reserve" Rye Whiskey
89 points
$39.99
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
Union Horse Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$47
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.
Breckenridge Port Cask Finish Whiskey
89 points
$59
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.
Kirkland Signature Tennessee Whiskey
88 points
$24.99
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
Chuckanut Bay Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$26.50
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
J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Whisky
88 points
$27.45
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
J.P. Wiser’s Toffee Whisky
88 points
$27.95
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
J.P. Wiser’s Vanilla Whisky
88 points
$27.95
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
Heritage Distilling Co. "Dual Barrel" Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$28.99
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
Battle Cry Single Malt Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Barrels
88 points
$29.99
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
Heritage Distilling Co. "Dual Barrel" Rye Whiskey
88 points
$31.99
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
Chicken Cock "Heritage Reserve" Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$35.99
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
J.P. Wiser’s "Triple Barrel" Canadian Whisky
88 points
$36.99
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
Great Northern Distilling Vanguard Whiskey
88 points
$38
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.
Kinsey Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$39.99
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
Deceptivus Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels
88 points
$49
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.
J Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$50
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.
Alberta Premium Canadian Whisky
87 points
$32
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.
Canadian Club Premium 1858 Canadian Whisky
87 points
$34
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.
Canadian Club Chairmans Select 100% Rye Canadian Whisky
87 points
$35
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.
Thirteenth Colony Southern Whiskey
87 points
$35.99
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
Chicken Cock "Bootleggers Reserve" Whiskey
87 points
$37.99
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
Cedar Ridge Distillery Wheat Whiskey
87 points
$42
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.
Crown Valley Distillery Coldwater Whiskey
87 points
$45
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.
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$49.99
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
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Whiskey
87 points
$52
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.
Boondocks Cask Strength American Whiskey
87 points
$59.99
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
Stonecutter Spirits Heritage Cask Whiskey
87 points
$61
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.
J.P. Wiser’s Apple Whisky
86 points
$27.95
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
J.P. Wiser’s Hopped Whisky
86 points
$28.95
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
J.P. Wiser’s Double Still Rye Whisky
86 points
$29.90
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
Uprising Single Malt Whiskey Finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Barrels
86 points
$29.99
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
Caliber Dark Cherry Flavored Whiskey
85 points
$17.99
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
Pike Creek 10 Year Old Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels
85 points
$29.99
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
Long Road Distillers Wheat Whisky
85 points
$39.99
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
Thirteenth Colony Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$38.99
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
LA1 Louisiana Whiskey
84 points
$45
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.
Cadée Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$39
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.
Cedar Ridge Distillery Malted Rye Whiskey
83 points
$42
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.
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Casks
83 points
$79.99
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
Mill Street Bourbon Whiskey
81 points
$38.50
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
Yellow Rose Single Malt Whiskey
80 points
$54.99
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
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