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October 2017 - North American Whiskey

October 2017 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$44.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Bourbon Whiskey
95 points $44.99
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Straight Bourbon
94 points
$49.99
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
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$51.99
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
Valentine Mayor Pingree Black Label Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$89.99
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
Devil’s Share Moonshine Whiskey
93 points
$27.99
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
Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$39.99
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
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Golden Promise
93 points
$39.99
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
Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$41.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Rye Whiskey
93 points $41.99
Boone County Eighteen 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$53.99
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
Flynt Family Single Cask Series Cask Strength Straight Tennessee Whiskey
93 points
$89
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.
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$100
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.
Awards: 2017 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
Wild Turkey Masters Keep Decades Straight Bourbon
93 points
$150
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.
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
92 points
$21.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Canadian Whiskey
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Early Times Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whisky
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
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
Jim Beam Double Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
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
Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
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
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$24.99
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
1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$29.99
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
Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$29.99
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
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Peated Malt
92 points
$39.99
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
George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$44.99
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
Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$49.99
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
Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey
92 points
$69.99
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
Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$69.99
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
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$39.99
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
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky
91 points
$54.99
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
Hillrock Estate Distillery Sauternes-finished Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$100
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.
Colville 5 YO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Riverboat Rye Whiskey
90 points
$21.99
Best Buy
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
Jim Beam Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$22.99
Best Buy
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
Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
90 points
$24.99
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
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask Canadian Whisky
90 points
$46.30
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
Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$48
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.
Cedar Ridge Reserve Iowa Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$49
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.
OYO Sherry-Finished Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$61
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.
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky
90 points
$64.99
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
Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$80
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.
Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask Rye Whiskey
90 points
$90
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.
Jim Beam Rye Whiskey
89 points
$22.99
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
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky
89 points
$28.99
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
Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$30.99
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
FEW Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49.99
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
Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
89 points
$120
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.
Catch Fire Cinnamon Whisky
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Whiskey
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Jim Beam Devils Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$22.99
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
Ensign Red Black Whiskey
88 points
$27.99
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
Fire Oak Texas Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$39
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.
Cedar Ridge Rye Whiskey
88 points
$42
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.
Cleveland Underground Black Cherry Wood Finished Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$44.95
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
Five & 20 Spirits Rye Whiskey
88 points
$49.95
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
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$49.99
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
FEW Rye Whiskey
88 points
$54.99
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
Breckenridge PX Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$75
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.
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ninety Nine Proof Canadian Whisky
88 points
$76.40
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
Stein Distillery 7 Year Old Straight Cougar Corn Whiskey
88 points
$79.95
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
Great Lakes Distillery KinnicKinnic American Blended Whiskey
87 points
$35
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.
Awards: 2017 Best American Blended Whiskey
Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey
87 points
$35.99
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
Peralta Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$39.99
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
Cleveland Underground Hickory Wood Finished Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$44.95
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
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Alpine Rye Whiskey
87 points
$50
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.
Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$59
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.
Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey
87 points
$69.99
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
Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$129.99
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
Tremols Benjamin & Teddys Bourbon Whisky
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Tanner’s Curse New Make Whiskey from Bourbon Mash
86 points
$18.99
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
Runestone Straight Rye Whiskey
86 points
$44.99
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
OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey
86 points
$45
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.
Stein Distillery 5 Year Old Straight "Ram" Rye Whiskey
86 points
$49.95
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
Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary 8 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
86 points
$99.99
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
Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey
86 points
$129.99
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
Speckled Tail American Whiskey
85 points
$16.99
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
Title 21 American Whiskey
85 points
$24.99
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
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky
85 points
$27
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.
Trader Joe’s High Rye Bourbon
85 points
$29.99
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
Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey
85 points
$31.99
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
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$34.99
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
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Malt
85 points
$39.99
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
Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey
85 points
$44.99
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
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
85 points
$49.99
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
C&O Tradesman Whiskey
85 points
$50
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.
Bull Run Oregon Single Malt Cask Strength Whiskey
85 points
$74.95
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
Mad Hen Fiery Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
84 points
$10.99
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
R.M. Rose Fire on the Mountain Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
84 points
$19.99
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
Climax Wood-Fired Whiskey
84 points
$29.99
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
Waterpocket Robbers Roost Light Whiskey
84 points
$30.99
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
Boot Hill Red Eye Whiskey
84 points
$34.99
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
Texas Silver Star Whiskey
84 points
$35
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.
Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey
84 points
$45.99
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
Defiant Rye Whisky
84 points
$55.98
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
Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$27.99
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
R.M. Rose Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$34.99
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
Stalk & Barrel Canadian Whisky Red Blend
83 points
$39.95
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
Central Standard Straight Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$40
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.
KIN White Whiskey
83 points
$40
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.
Stein Distillery 5 Year Old Straight "Bull" Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$49.95
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
Stalk & Barrel Canadian Whisky Blue Blend
82 points
$32.95
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
The Original Brodsky Herbal Flavored Whiskey
82 points
$39.99
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
Central Standard Rye Whiskey
81 points
$40
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.
Sunshine Reserve American Whiskey
81 points
$49.99
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
Reserva de MFM 1965 Flask Canadian Whiskey
80 points
$17.99
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
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