October 2017 - North American Whiskey

This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey
North American Whiskey Reviews
219285
Wild Turkey
Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Medium amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted peanuts, cherry-peach pastry, root beer float with coffee-banana ice cream, and sandalwood soap with a supple, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, elegant, very long vanilla toffee, brown and peppery spices, and cola finish. A flavor-packed, thrusting, in-your-face bourbon that hits the senses like a velvet brick.
95 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219034
Wild Turkey
Kentucky Spirit Straight Bourbon
Amber color. Aromas of kool aid and corn pops cereal, root beer, aloe vera, and leather and chamomile with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long vanilla, marzipan, honeydew melon, and cardamom and maraschino cherry pit finish. A rough-riding bourbon that is both refined and wild.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219032
Russell’s Reserve
Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of wild tart cherries, vanilla bark, and lemon sorbet with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long orange peel, bergamot and chopped hazelnut, chocolate dipped biscotti, and potted geranium and dried peppermint finish. An expertly aged bourbon with a great complex and drying finish.
94 points $51.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220658
Valentine
Mayor Pingree Black Label Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber color. Perfumed aromas of chocolate covered cashew, dried raspberry and pancakes, sweet potato, fine leather, and orange blossom water with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, very long fresh rose petal, aniseed, charred marshmallow, coconut curry, and coriander and cardamom finish. A gorgeous and mature bourbon with a bazaar of exotic spices.
94 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221716
Devil’s Share
Moonshine Whiskey
Clear color. Vegetal aromas of carrots cooked in tomato paste, grilled onions and peppers, tin foil and fresh hay, and amaranth with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length buttered popcorn jelly beans, green apples and pears, ginger beer, and black licorice finish. A funky yet well-crafted moonshine for memory-making.
93 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221080
Jim Beam
Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Fruity, floral aromas of cherry-vanilla cordial, carnation, and glazed apricot with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long honeycomb, butterscotch, dried mint, fresh green bean, chocolate coated candied orange peel, parsley, and and dill finish. A superb classicly-styled whiskey that’s impossible not to love.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221220
Rock Town
Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Golden Promise
Medium golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttery cashew brittle, peach custard pie, polished wood, and oatmeal with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, very long suede, peach jam of cinnamon rye toast, caramelized fruits and nuts, and mossy oak and mint leaf finish. A sensational flavorful, distinctive, and complex bourbon for the connoisseur.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219031
Russell’s Reserve
6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Pale golden amber color. Perfumed aromas of peach chutney, charred oak, curry, and nutmeg and mace with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long rose jam, honeycomb cereal, black tea, rye crispbread, menthol, burlap sack, and caraway finish. A fantastically spicy rye with heaps of exotic flavors and satisfying length.
93 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221422
Boone County
Eighteen 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Mature aromas of rose water, honeycomb, vanilla wafer cookie, and scotch oatmeal cookie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, epic, very long cherry bark and caraway, gulab jamun, saffron, bergamot, and cantaloupe finish. A sophisticated and expertly-aged bourbon for aficionados.
93 points $53.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220855
Flynt Family Single Cask Series
Cask Strength Straight Tennessee Whiskey
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon caramel, honey and cherry syrup, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, and cracklin’ oat bran cereal with a round, full body and a peppery, layered, long honeydew melon, kiwi, ginger toffee, cinnamon, clove, coconut, and rose jam on biscuit finish. An endlessly complex and unique Tennessee Whiskey worth volunteering for.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221262
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Single Malt Whiskey
Clear dark amber color. Smoky aromas of smoking rosewood, sandalwood and crisp apple, wild cherry and ripe melon, and horse saddle with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cigar, charred vanilla bean, rackhouse, and baking spices finish. A deep-woods, smoky American Single Malt for sipping in a leather chair.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221020
Wild Turkey
Master's Keep Decades Straight Bourbon
Bright amber color. Inviting aromas of morello cherry tart, bananas in brown sugar, lime blossom, red apples, and forest mushrooms and limestone with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a prodigious, long dried rose petal, candy coated anise, clove, black tea, marzipan, and dill finish. A superb, stylish bourbon that isn’t afraid to show its wild side.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219021
Forty Creek
Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Creamy aromas of flan, vanilla caramel sauce, orange zest, coconut shell and walnuts, and waffles with maple syrup with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy olorosso sherry, roasted almonds, milk chocolate coated toffee, and jicama finish. A lovable creamy and vanilla forward Canadian whiskey to shoot or mix with friends.
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221291
Early Times
Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whisky
Bright amber color. Aromas of vanilla, pecan pie, chocolate glaze, and candied banana with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length chocolate coated toffee, caramel corn, and candy apple finish. A solid bonded bourbon for any occasion.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221078
Jim Beam
Double Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of buttered fruit cake, roasted nuts and granola, chocolate dried stone fruits and citrus, and peach blossom honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long brown spices, caramelized nuts, and minerals finish. A supple and inviting bourbon with a warm glow of spices and fruits.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221079
Jim Beam
Bonded Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate dipped peanut brittle, almond nougat, caramel, and orange oil with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long roasted nuts finish. A terrific full-bodied whiskey that packs a punch.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221083
Buffalo Trace
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Aromas of rose water, caramel, orange zest, and dried cherries and nutmeg with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long chocolate coated pecan, vanilla pudding, underripe apricot, mace, and star anise finish. A mellow, round, orange-y whiskey that will play beautifully in old fashioneds.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221084
1792
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of cornfields, butterscotch, fruit punch, and aniseed meringue with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long caramel frosting, spice cake, candied peanuts, vanilla creme Anglaise, and stewed fruit and nougat finish. A rich and satisfying bourbon; this can be a go-to whiskey for cocktail bars.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221030
Sazerac
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Fresh, fruity, floral aromas of violet candy-coated aniseed, marzipan, Swedish fish candy, and grape soda with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long herbal lozenge, caramel, chocolate chew, and candied ginger and white pepper finish. A snappy and satisfying rye whiskey for cocktails and sipping.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221219
Rock Town
Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Peated Malt
Brilliant amber color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted nuts and woods, spicy marmalade on toast, acacia honeyed tea, and hint of white glue and suede with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, very long toffee, molasses cookie, sweet and peppery spices, and lit tobacco and leather finish. A robust and refined bourbon with a firm structure and nice range of wood and earth flavors.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221252
George Remus
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Fresh aromas and flavors of dill, fennel fronds, maraschino liqueur, and lime zest with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, crisp bay leaf, sweet plantain, tarragon, coriander, and geranium finish. A zippy and herbal bourbon.
92 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221249
Roaming Man
Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey
Bright dark amber color. Rustic aromas of leather saddle, dried bouquet, prune and dark chocolate cherry bon-bons, and brown sugar oatmeal with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length maraschino cherry pit, honeycomb, chocolate malt, and mixed peppercorns and ginger finish. A expressive rye that will serve well as a rustic shooter or craft cocktail base.
92 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220820
Old Potrero
18th Century Style Whiskey
Bright gold color. Aromas of wet grain, wood shavings, sourdough bread, and ginger-mint gum and brown mustard with a glycerous, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length green cardamom, chocolate spread on multigrain toast, vegetable pate with black pepper, and tarragon and licorice finish. An esoteric rye whiskey for craft spirit lovers.
92 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221772
Widow Jane
10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla coconut creme, red cherry, orange peel, and almond shortbread with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long candied berries, fresh caramel corn, salted lime cordial, eucalyptus, fresh rose petals, and sautéed mushrooms finish. A lovely sipping whiskey full of power and grace.
92 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221210
Knob Creek
Straight Rye Whiskey
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of dried rose, black tea, lemongrass, and caramel and nutmeg with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length black pepper, gingersnap cookies, green cardamom, good n’ plenty candy, and coriander and coconut flesh finish. A zesty rye whiskey full of green spices and austere charm.
91 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219023
Forty Creek
Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky
Light amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and eggnog and crepes with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, buoyant buttered toast, rosewood, black pepper, and water chestnut finish. A spicy, bourbon-like Canadian whiskey that will be perfect for winter cocktails and tiki-twists.
91 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221260
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Sauternes-finished Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of caramelized stone fruits, cashew brittle, mocha cream, and delicate bbq woods and rubs with a round, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long honeyed toasted coconut, fruit cake drizzled in creme Anglaise, rich brown spices and cola, and waxed wood finish. A stylish and elegant bourbon with everything one would look for in a sipping whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221088
Colville
5 YO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of ginger, lemongrass, green apple taffy, and cedar with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length Pillsbury grand’s biscuits, curaçao oranges, spicy cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and clove finish. A nutty, sweet, pleasingly woody bourbon that will win over your guests.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221376
Riverboat
Rye Whiskey
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of lemongrass, honeycomb cereal, potpourri, and pink peppercorns and lemon coulis with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, amusing, cheery violet and geranium, ginger and dried grapefruit, whipped creme, and bergamot and bubble gum finish. A nice spicy and floral rye that hits all the right notes.
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221077
Jim Beam
Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of butter-roasted peanuts and cashews, chocolate peach fudge, banana split, and saffron with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long spumoni sundae with mint, toasted biscuit, delicate spiced nuts, and spicy oak finish. A rock solid, versatile bourbon with classic flavors and effortless appeal.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219033
Wild Turkey
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of geranium, violet confit, underripe mango, and vanilla dulce de leche with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length green pear and cherry taffy, sweet honey, fine leather, and coriander and coconut shell finish. A sophisticated, floral, rye-lovers rye that will sit happily in classic cocktails or a sipping glass.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220872
Wayne Gretzky
No. 99 Ice Cask Canadian Whisky
Clear golden amber color. Spicy aromas of pine and retsina, cinnamon, mace, and geranium with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length peach jam and caramel, sherry, honey coated cinnamon fritters, and wood barbecue finish. A Canadian whiskey that will serve as a great winter warmer.
90 points $46.30
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221357
Cedar Ridge
Single Malt Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Funky aromas of honey butter, southern biscuit, banana peel and smoked gouda, and candied walnut with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length candied ginger, cherry cordial, marzipan, and frosted spice cake finish. Delicious candied flavors shine in this complex craft whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221356
Cedar Ridge
Reserve Iowa Bourbon Whiskey
Gold color. Sweet, peppery aromas of honey, cracked black pepper, licorice, jasmine, and poured fondant with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy dill, orange peel, fennel, and fresh white corn finish. A pleasingly herbal bourbon for creative cocktails and springtime sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221288
OYO
Sherry-Finished Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Aromas of lily, toffee, almond studded vanilla nougat, and maple walnut scone with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, layered, medium-long mint, tangerine and yuzu, raisin, caramel apple, apricot, pastille candies, and raspberry petit fours finish. An elegant and bright bourbon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219024
Forty Creek
Confederation Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of buttered nuts, lemon rind, and peach soda with an oily, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, momentary butter and apple butter finish. A sweet and friendly Canadian whiskey.
90 points $64.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221259
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of honeyed dried figs and apricots, chocolate coconut macaroon, pecan pie, and lemon polished and glued sandalwood with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long chocolate citrus peels, sassafras, toffee, and caramelized yams finish. A delicious and multilayered bourbon with generous flavors and a stately stance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221261
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Double Cask Rye Whiskey
Dark amber color. Mature, attractive aromas of antique leather furniture, leather saddle, silver polish, and rye seed with a round, crisp, dryish full body and a peppery, epic, long cherry lozenge, incense, salted butterscotch kissed latte, smoked caramel-chocolate pudding, and caramelized tropical fruit with allspice glaze finish. A big and bold rye whiskey for sipping enthusiasts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221082
Jim Beam
Rye Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Inviting, spicy aromas of ginger and butterscotch, fresh mint and dill, allspice, and fresh juicy pear with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long leather, vanilla poured fondant, geranium, aniseed, chocolate rice crisps, cocktail cherries, and soy sauce and cured meat finish. A great go-to for classic cocktails.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219022
Forty Creek
Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of butterscotch, maple syrup, and waffles with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, carefree nutella, marjoram, cappuccino foam, and golden graham cereal finish. A brunch-ready whiskey; perfect for hair-of-the-dog cocktails.
89 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221211
Knob Creek
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Dark amber color. Aromas of fine furniture, caramel covered cherry, roasted peanuts, and green tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long juniper, eucalyptus, leather, and dried curaçao orange finish. A mature and stately bourbon.
89 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221770
FEW
Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of bergamot, resin, black tea, root beer, roasted carrots and apple, and cucumber and dill seed with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, involved, medium-length concord grape, clove, almond windmill cookie, and roasted zucchini finish. A one-of-a-kind herbal and fresh whiskey for the enthusiast that thinks they’ve tasted them all.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221270
Peerless
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Bright copper color. Aromas and flavors of candied apples, pumpkin pie, vanilla-steeped corn, and waxed fruits with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length candied nuts, toffee, nutmeg and cinnamon steamer, caramel corn, dill, and cigar tobacco and violet finish. A nice rye sipper with an autumn sensibility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221377
Catch Fire
Cinnamon Whisky
Gold color. Spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon candy, fallen lemon, and potpourri with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, fleeting cucumber skin, apple seeds, and vanilla taffy finish. A fun and shootable cinnamon whiskey.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221081
Jim Beam
Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, candied peanuts, caramel and nougat, and saffron tea with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length dried cherry, orange flavored dried cranberry, and grilled corn finish. A humble yet fantastic bourbon; a great home staple.
88 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221378
Ensign Red
Black Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of berries and cream, egg custard, ginger candy, and milk chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length allspice, pineapple cake with candied ginger pieces, toasted coconut, and candied cherry and incense finish. A creamy, understated, pure rye-forward Canadian whiskey that over-delivers for the category.
88 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221804
Fire Oak
Texas Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of panettone, apricot jam, funnel cake, and yuzu with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length caramel corn, licorice, macadamia nut flavored white chocolate mousse, and forest berries and rhubarb finish. A fruit-forward whiskey that will have wide appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221358
Cedar Ridge
Rye Whiskey
Gold color. Spicy, floral aromas of fresh lily, raw sugar, cantaloupe, anisette biscotti, and wheat grass with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length ginger lemon candy, licorice, maraschino cherry pits, and white pepper and gingerbread cookies finish. A clean and fresh intro rye whiskey for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221362
Cleveland Underground
Black Cherry Wood Finished Bourbon Whiskey
Brilliant dark amber color. Funky, fruity aromas and flavors of banana bread, bran muffin, chocolate malt, and fino sherry with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery strawberry jam, sliced banana, peanut butter, honey, and wonderbread and candied bacon finish. A sweet and fruity bourbon for dinner pairings or creative cocktails.
88 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221120
Five & 20 Spirits
Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Spicy aromas of fresh cut fennel, lavender, green tea and dried fruits, and cherry candy and cedar closet with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long dill, caraway and apple crisp, Carr’s wheat cracker, creme de violette, and candied ginger finish. A lovely rye, effortlessly balanced and elegant with a garden-fresh appeal.
88 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221416
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey
Clear amber color. Aroma of rosewood with an vibrant, medium body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long vanilla caramel, chamomile and hominy, cinnamon dusted dried dates, and ginger and raisin fruit leather finish. A subtle and elegant sipping whiskey for quiet moments.
88 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221771
FEW
Rye Whiskey
Amber color. Interesting, green, herbal aromas of sprouted grain bread, strawberry leaves and potted geranium, coriander, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length molasses cookie, orange flower water, ginger ale, licorice, maraschino liqueur, stewed prune, and rolled oats and honey mustard finish. A very spicy rye with exotic wood flavors; captivating.
88 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221258
Breckenridge
PX Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of nutmeg, smoked pork buns with oregano, fresh baked cookies and sourdough bread, rose syrup, pencil eraser, and gunpowder with a supple, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length orange flower water, cherries, molasses, allspice, lard fried squash blossom, dried strawberry, and tomato leaf finish. An interesting and meaty whiskey that is sure to satisfy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220873
Wayne Gretzky
No. 99 Ninety Nine Proof Canadian Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Sweet aromas of pistachio paste, bubblegum, banana custard, butterscotch, and caramelized pineapple with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, breezy toasted coconut, caramel-coated nuts, maple syrup, and dried rose petal finish. A rum-like whiskey for cocktail play.
88 points $76.40
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221382
Stein Distillery
7 Year Old Straight Cougar Corn Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Sweet, fruity aromas of sweet grenadine and creamy banana, fresh hay and tobacco, Brach’s caramels, and lemon bar and sweet tea with an oily, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long fruit punch, linseed oil, peony, and granola in cream finish. A charming corn whiskey tipple for sipping, shooting, and craft cocktails.
88 points $79.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222052
Great Lakes Distillery
KinnicKinnic American Blended Whiskey
Medium amber color. Curious, nutty aromas and flavors of fresh peanut butter and jelly sandwich, praline and beer nuts, suede, and dried apricot with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long toasted peach scone, nuts, and pumice finish. An interesting nutty, fruity blend for sipping or creative cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221085
Bare Knuckle
American Wheat Whiskey
Gold color. Grainy aromas of hay, alfalfa sprouts, prune, mint air freshener, and miso soup with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length buckwheat honey, warm spices, toasted whole wheat bread, and star anise finish. A honey-pot of a craft wheat whiskey.
87 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221842
Peralta
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Bright golden amber color. Spicy aromas of dill pickle, habeñero pepper, lime candy, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length root beer, coffee syrup, smoked tootsie roll, porter beer, and nutella on toasted raisin toast finish. An intriguingly chocolatey and smoky bourbon that offers something truly unique.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221363
Cleveland Underground
Hickory Wood Finished Bourbon Whiskey
Gold color. Fruity, candied aromas of vanilla tootsie roll, banana taffy, cream soda, and charred green beans with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light body and a hot, brisk cream of wheat, marshmallow, coconut macaroon, alfalfa sprouts and orange marmalade, and orgeat finish. A young and fresh whiskey with plenty of appealing sweetness.
87 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220999
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Alpine Rye Whiskey
Brilliant dark amber color. Spicy aromas of hot peppers and molasses with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length espresso liqueur, eucalyptus, chicory, aromatic bitters, and toffee and chocolate covered candied ginger finish. A unique rye whiskey that is seemingly making interesting use of specialty malts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221019
Copperworks Distilling Company
American Single Malt Whiskey
Clear dark amber color. Woody, toasty aromas of cedar and basil, eucalyptus, spiced black tea, and roasted agave and fresh spearmint with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, very long peppermint and rosemary, cigar wrapper, dried rose petal, lavender and dill, and cocoa nib and aniseed finish. A fantastically herbal, chewy, oak-dominated American single malt that will waken the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220819
Old Potrero
Straight Rye Whiskey
Clear amber color. Aromas of horsehair brush, ivory, whole wheat bread, and dill with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy cocoa nib, wafer cookies, clove, and candied ginger studded carrot cake finish. An intriguing rye whiskey for countryside reminiscing.
87 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221715
Devil’s Share
Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of ripe cling peach, graham cracker, buttercream frosting, and falernum with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length Thai basil, vanilla coconut cream, cedar and lemongrass, and tomato paste finish. A light, savory, intriguing bourbon that will have you ordering another round.
87 points $129.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219651
Tremols
Benjamin & Teddy's Bourbon Whisky
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of ripe cherry, melon, black pepper, tarragon, and candied peanut with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk melon flavored candies, chocolate coated toffee, and ginger-lemon tea finish. A solid bourbon offering that could be a house standby.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221423
Tanner’s Curse
New Make Whiskey from Bourbon Mash
Clear color. Aromas of butterscotch sauce, vanilla frosted cereals, sweet corn pudding, and kiwi with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length orange candies, fondant, and woodruff finish. A creamy, rich and nuanced white whiskey that will charm and delight your guests.
86 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221430
Runestone
Straight Rye Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Complex aromas of pumpernickel rye crisps, coriander, honey, and grape nuts with dried apricot with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length sourdough bread with dill pickles, berries in yogurt, bran muffin with chocolate chips, and caraway finish. A funky yet harmonious rye for craft whiskey lovers.
86 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221289
OYO
Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Attractive, floral aromas of leather, pressed violet, dark chocolate coated ginger snaps, and sweet almond extract and geranium with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long fruit cup, green tea, cinnamon-vanilla syrup, star anise, fresh cracked pepper, and sugared plum finish. A delightfully spicy and floral rye.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221381
Stein Distillery
5 Year Old Straight "Ram" Rye Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Spicy, oaky aromas and flavors of sweet ginger, lime peel, rackhouse, spice cake, and dried rose with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy spiced peach chutney finish. An entry-level rye for happy hour manhattans.
86 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221710
Chicken Cock
160th Anniversary 8 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry syrup, cola and coconut, vanilla frosting, and polished fine furniture with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp cherry pop tart and blueberry candy, fresh herbs, orange flower water, and toffee and aniseed finish. Cherries reign is this delightful dram.
86 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221714
Devil’s Share
Single Malt Whiskey
Brilliant amber color. Funky aromas of caramel and fruity pebbles, parmesan rind, cedar chips and mint, and sweet yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length eucalyptus and cigar wrapper, Newport cigarettes and sanded wood, anise and nutmeg, and caramelized banana and prunes finish. A lightly smoky American whiskey with a big herbal kick.
86 points $129.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221089
Speckled Tail
American Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla, orange sherbet, peach-pecan pie, rainbow snocone, and candy corn and wheat grass with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, snappy dill, tart nectarine, and rose perfume finish. A pleasant blended whiskey with wide appeal.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219559
Title 21
American Whiskey
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn pudding, buttered grits, and toasted marshmallow with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, rapid ginseng gum finish. A light and mild American Whiskey.
85 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220871
Wayne Gretzky
No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of treated leather, dry earth, and dried oregano and thyme with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length dark chocolate, charred vanilla bean, honey-nut Cheerios and earl grey tea, and creme brulee and fire-roasted mushroom finish. A pleasant Canadian whiskey with a grown-up appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221408
Trader Joe’s
High Rye Bourbon
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of wet grain, dried tea bags, sandalwood, and underripe banana with dark chocolate with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, snappy caraway and red cherries, Russian black bread, candied nuts in fondant, and caramel finish. A grainy craft whiskey for creative cocktails.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221365
Rebecca Creek
Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey
Medium gold color. Fresh, sweet aromas of banana taffy, dried pineapple, woodruff, and hay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk caramel coated nuts, candied ginger, chamomile, and lemon rind and clove finish. A friendly and likable whiskey full of all-American sweet and spice.
85 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221218
Rock Town
Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Funky aromas of bagged popcorn, butterscotch, sourdough starter, and corn silk with a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length melted butter, lemon balm, and charred corn finish. A funky craft whiskey for adventure seekers.
85 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221221
Rock Town
Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Malt
Golden amber color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of diced green bell pepper, melon rind, coriander and green peppercorn, and pecan with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, crisp vanilla honey, Chilean Carmenère, and pencil shavings finish. An intriguing, smoky and vegetal whiskey for creative cocktails.
85 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221234
Basil Hayden’s
Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Herbal aromas of wheat grass, chive blossom, caramel, and cedar closet and dill with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length candy corn, rye bagel chips, mixed peppercorns, and steak sauce finish. A great entry-level rye whiskey with peppery, savory notes.
85 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221031
Caribou Crossing
Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of cedar, floral body powder, maple, and cherry bark with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, crisp cola and cinnamon gum, walnut and ginger, warm caramel and cookie dough, and peppered beef jerky finish. A sweet and spicy whiskey for shooting and mixing.
85 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221170
C&O Tradesman
Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of exotic tropical fruits, lemon-peach yogurt, green peppercorns, sage, and parsley, and hint of floral talc and caulk with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long toffee, latte, toasted fruit cake, and spicy incense finish. A distinctive tropical citrus character keeps this rambunctious whisky interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221359
Bull Run
Oregon Single Malt Cask Strength Whiskey
Medium amber color. Baked, funky aromas of banana bread with dark chocolate chunks, yeasty brioche, mint chocolate chip yogurt, and shredded wheat with an oily, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length peppermint chewing gum, wet cigar, green peppercorn, and menthol finish. An intensely herbal single malt.
85 points $74.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221090
Mad Hen
Fiery Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Bright light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon candy, tanning oil, sunscreen, and swimming pool with a lean, soft, fruity sweet light body and a peppery, medium-length Christmas candles finish. A spicy flavored whiskey for cinnamon-flavored shots.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221273
R.M. Rose
Fire on the Mountain Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Light gold color. Aromas of cardamom, tulip, cinnamon, and butter with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, rapid black tea, condensed milk, and honey finish. A chai-tea-like flavored whiskey for fun shots and hot cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221142
Climax
Wood-Fired Whiskey
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, hay barn, tarragon, orange peel, and marshmallow with a round, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length cedar barn and raisin bran finish. A grainy whiskey for craft whiskey adventurers.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221739
Waterpocket
Robbers Roost Light Whiskey
Clear gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of coffee flavored hard candies, caramel coated creme candy, and sourdough with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cherry hard candy, anisette biscotti, and black pepper polenta finish. A sweet and friendly corn whiskey for shooting and mixing.
84 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221271
Boot Hill
Red Eye Whiskey
Bright gold color. Aromas of baked apple, molasses, porridge, candy wrapper, baked apple, children’s ball pit, and peppercorn with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a seamless, brief salted caramel syrup, sugar daddy candy, bell pepper, and tea bag finish. A solid American blended whiskey.
84 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221428
Texas Silver Star
Whiskey
Light gold color. Aromas of green corn husk, dried lemon, clove, coconut custard, and wooden desk with a soft, bright, dryish thin body and a smooth, short caramel syrup, circus peanut, fresh toast, and starch finish. An easy-drinking American blended whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221086
Bare Knuckle
American Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Oaky, floral aromas of laundromat, wood barn and brand new leather, oak and sprouted rye bread, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length mint and cilantro, jasmine tea, laundry soap, and crystalized ginger and hot peppers finish. An intensely herbal and floral rye whiskey for pick-me-up shots.
84 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221312
Defiant
Rye Whisky
Pale amber color. Aromas of candle wax, limestone, coffee flavored water, and cedar closet with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light body and an effortless, breezy butter poached cherries, seven layer bar, white pepper, honey graham cracker, and lemon curd finish. A mild and creamy whiskey for beginners.
84 points $55.98
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221606
Crooked Fox
Blended Bourbon Whiskey
Medium gold color. Aromas of caramel dipped green pear, fennel fronds, cumin, white flowers and new furniture, and mint gum with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, easy maraschino cherry pits, lemon balm, golden graham cereal, and allspice berries and clove finish. A rock solid bourbon for boilermakers.
83 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221272
R.M. Rose
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of peardrop, green plantain, banana muffin batter with chocolate chunk, wet green leaves, and newspaper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, breezy almond butter and candied lemon peel, brown sugar, alfalfa sprouts, multigrain and sourdough breads, and vanilla-mint lozenge finish. A funky craft whiskey for adventure seekers.
83 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221150
Stalk & Barrel
Canadian Whisky Red Blend
Clear gold color. Yeasty, spicy aromas of brioche and overripe strawberry, creme fraiche, nutmeg, and allspice with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length caramel, waffle crisp cereal, wood chips, dried cherry, and bay leaf and amaretto finish. An approachable whiskey for mixing.
83 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221360
Central Standard
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Grainy aromas of hay and leather saddle, cereal mash, dill, and tilled garden with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick banana muffin and baking spices finish. A funky craft whiskey for cocktail play.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218810
KIN
White Whiskey
Clear color. Aromas of corn field, hay, freshly cropped leaves, underripe pear, and bread pudding with a round, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk taffy, honeydew melon, chalk, and lime pith finish. An ethereal white whiskey; try in a martini.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221380
Stein Distillery
5 Year Old Straight "Bull" Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Grassy, grainy aromas of dill sprig, clay, spiced nuts, dark chocolate dipped candied ginger, and hay with a glycerous, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery cinnamon tea, dried peach, eucalyptus, and corn syrup rye toast finish. An herbal craft whiskey for fun gift-giving.
83 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221149
Stalk & Barrel
Canadian Whisky Blue Blend
Pale gold color. Sweet aromas of peach muffin, licorice, spice drop gums, and milk chocolate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, carefree plum cobbler a la mode and creme fraiche finish. An easy shooter or mixer.
82 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221018
The Original Brodsky
Herbal Flavored Whiskey
Light light gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of freshly made sarsaparilla and ginger ale with lemon, alpine mint honey lozenge, pine forest flowers, and wood soap with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long oiled leather, white peppercorn, lemon verbena and Indian spices, and herbal talc finish. This is definitely a not-your-granddad’s whiskey; offers the cocktailian an intriguing and fun palate of flavors to play with in adventurous cocktails.
82 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221361
Central Standard
Rye Whiskey
Golden amber color. Grainy aromas of malted milk, chocolate energy bar, hay, cream of wheat, Cherrios, horse barn, and cinnamon chews with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, easy zucchini bread, corn muffin with sorghum, fallen apple, and fish sauce finish. A funky, umami rye for creative cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221290
Sunshine Reserve
American Whiskey
Bright dark amber color. Interesting, savory, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted figs and dried stone fruits, saddle leather and cedar pencil, hint of molasses and paprika, and carob bar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long praline, white cigar ash, and marmalade on burnt toast finish. A robust smoky whisky tailor made for cigars and bbq pairings.
81 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220172
Reserva de MFM
1965 Flask Canadian Whiskey
Murky dull chartreuse color. Aromas and flavors of nut shell, dried coconut husk, and cola with a soft, bone-dry thin body and a tingling, instant finish. A whiskey for mixing.
80 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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