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August 2018 - World Whiskey

August 2018 - World Whiskey
This month's spirits feature is World Whiskey

World Whiskey Reviews

Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$179.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of black tea with cream and honey, geranium, caramel mocha latte, peanut brittle, cinnamon crumble, and autumn leaves with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long salted raisins, saffron, caramelized apricot, chocolate taffy, and crispy creme brulee finish. A big, concentrated whisky to drench the palate in richness.
Awards: 2018 Best Taiwanese Whisky
97 points $179.99
Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$599.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of charred raisins, marcona almonds, dried olives, butterscotch, and clove cigarettes with a round, lively, fruity full body and a peppery, layered, long salted orange liqueur, polished mahogany, chocolate covered cherries, sandalwood, marinated red pepper, and spiced cider finish. A richly flavored and boldly textured whiskey for toasts and celebrations.
96 points $599.99
Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$66
Gold color. Toasty, smoky aromas of gingerbread, almond butter, dried moss, soursop, grilled banana, and charred green coconuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long smoked ancho chile, tamarind, mango, toasted pound cake, worn leather, and guava pastry finish. A highly distinctive single malt with loads of spicy, tropical character.
Awards: 2018 Best Island Single Malt Scotch
Ballechin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$75
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed rice puff cereal, fine floral soap, smoked creme brulee, and hint of campfire with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long smoky peat, iodine and gauze, honeyed dried stone fruit, and wet slate finish. A superb peated Highland malt of the highest order.
Awards: 2018 Best Highland Single Malt Scotch
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$90
Dark amber color. Aromas of fresh whole wheat baguette, toasty custard tart, sweet potato, smoked apricot preserve, and concord grape with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long violet, cinnamon, seaweed, charred pastry, night blooming jasmine, and black tea finish. A terrific Islay Single Malt that leaves the imbiber with a lingering, traveling flavor experience.
Awards: 2018 Best Islay Single Malt Scotch
REDBREAST 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
95 points
$150
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sticky buns, peach pastry, chocolate coated toffee, crystalized ginger, cherry stone, pineapple cordial, and celery seed with a round, vibrant, fruity fat body and a nuanced, very long dark chocolate with crystallized violet petals, peanut butter caramel filled pretzel sandwich, orange peel, and coriander finish. A mouthwatering Irish Single Pot Still whiskey that will be difficult to drink in moderation.
Awards: 2018 Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$299.99
Dark amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry cola, fine cigars, banana candy, black tea, roasted almond and cashews, and pistachio confection with a round, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-length molasses and carob finish. A very bright expression from Taiwan with plenty of tingle.
95 points $299.99
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Blended Scotch Whisky
95 points
$399
Golden amber color. Aromas of varnished wood, coffee, honey candy, cherries, sesame, and tomato leaf with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length brown sugar pop tart, black pepper, and vanilla-ginger lozenge finish. A velvety nectar fit for special occasions.
Awards: 2018 Best Blended Scotch
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$469.99
Amber color. Oaky aromas of vanilla yogurt coated nuts, antique furniture, lemon and almond oils, char-grilled white corn, and poppyseed with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, appealing, long salted sourdough bread, buttercream, and plums in syrup finish. A dry and leathery Taiwanese whiskey for exotic cigar pairings.
95 points $469.99
Dewar’s The Vintage 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
94 points
$55
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity aromas of sweet pear nectar, crackers with cajeta, pecan shell, vanilla malt shake, and spice cake with a creamy, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long banana chips, honey, caramelized papaya, and whipped cream finish. An attractive and fruity blended scotch to drink any way you take it.
Archie Rose White Rye
94 points
$67.68
Clear color. Elegant aromas of heirloom pears, pastry crust, wet grass, honey, meyer lemon, and apple blossom with a round, crisp, fruity light body and a layered, long ground ginger and nutmeg, caraway, violet, bran muffin, and cream finish. An outstanding white whiskey akin to a fine eau de vie; skillfully made with delicate notes that stimulate the senses.
94 points $67.68
Jura Seven Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
Brilliant gold color. Sweet aromas of barbecue rub, spiced honey butter, sea breeze, walnut, peach preserve, miso, and popovers with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, elegant, very long coriander, dark chocolate shavings, passion fruit, and caramel finish. A vibrant Island Single Malt that sings in precise harmony with enticing notes of fruit and honey.
94 points $79.99
THE SINGLETON 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of pear filling, banana budino, geranium, tobacco pipe, and waffles with maple syrup with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered, very long buckwheat honey, all-butter cookies, dried pineapple, charred apricot, duck prosciutto, and salted miso butterscotch finish. A whiskey with meandering curves and vibrant, lengthy finish.
Awards: 2018 Best Speyside Single Malt Scotch
94 points $79.99
King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$119.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of Madeira cake, dried fig, sweet Thai chile sauce, date bar, granny smith apple, and pie crusts with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long grilled pineapple coulis, tropical fruit tart, passionfruit cordial, oat cakes, and roasted almonds and cashews finish. A bright, shining whisky with exceptional balance and singing tropical flavors.
94 points $119.99
Laphroaig Lore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Golden amber color. Smoky aromas of peat, brine, banana pudding, peanut butter, buttery miso toffee, and latex with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, epic, very long espresso, caraway and rye, salted butterscotch, and sweet chipotle-tamarind sauce finish. A rich Islay malt of the boldest order.
94 points $124.99
Midleton Very Rare 2017 Irish Whiskey
94 points
$155
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized sweet agave, warm straw, sticky toffee pudding with raisins, charcoal, cherry cobbler with caramel, and ripe cantaloupe with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long chicory smoke, dry rub, dried apricot, gingerbread cookies, orange confection, and white pepper finish. A lengthy and complex Irish blended whiskey worthy of a neat pour.
Awards: 2018 Best Irish Blended Whiskey
Oban 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$180
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of lychee, ripe pears, cucumber cordial, candied orange, fruit punch, baking spices, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, very long ginger powder, allspice, toasty cookies, and licorice finish. A juicy, springtime Scotch filled with life and joy.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
$260
Light gold color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, ghee, apricot, saffron, earthy tea, gingerbread, and fresh cut grass with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long pear and banana taffies, orange liqueur, wheat thins, and plum butter finish. A potent Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey for contemplative sipping.
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$599.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate dipped dried figs, baked peach, tapenade topped grilled brioche, sesame oil, cedar, and soy glazed walnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, layered, medium-long caramelized tropical fruits, molasses, Thai chiles, and sea salt finish. A powerful Taiwanese whisky with a salty-rich appeal and endless umami flavors.
94 points $599.99
Kavalan Solist Pedro Ximénez Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$699.99
Bright mahogany color. Aromas of molasses, almond biscotti, leather, olives, tamari, toasted coconut, and red bean confection with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long chocolate truffle, cloud berry, star anise, carob, raisins, and dried figs finish. A chewy, sherry-influenced tropical whiskey that will be very attractive to rum drinkers.
94 points $699.99
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength Single Malt Speyside Scotch
93 points
Golden straw color. Sweet, spicy aromas of pears in syrup, lychee, elderflower, ripe melons, bubblegum, coriander, pineapple, and browned chocolate-chip cookies with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, layered, long Basque cake, Sicilian spice blend, orange flower water, tropical tea blend, custard tart, and whipped cream finish. A dreamy, light-on-its-feet Speyside with stunning fruit and outstanding balance; a highly respectable aperitif whisky.
Powers Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas of ripe apples, tobacco, ripe honeydew melon, caramel, fig bar, and burnt orange with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, very long grilled bread, compound butter, Peychaud’s bitters, allspice, and ginger finish. A terrifically balanced Single Pot Still whiskey with excellent concentration and length; sip this!
Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$59.99
Slivery straw color. Inviting aromas of iodine, smoky pepperoni, pink grapefruit, ripe peaches, and speculoos cookies with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, very complex, endless sea salt, lilac, ginger beer, red and black licorice, and mace finish. An instantly appealing Islay malt; one whiff of this smoky-sweet treasure and you’ll be hooked.
93 points $59.99
Talisker 10 Year Old  Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$60
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of whole wheat scone, grape bubblegum, latex, dried apricot, and whoppers candies with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long buckwheat pancakes and Greek yogurt with honey finish. A mighty whisky with a pleasingly dry palate.
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$69.99
Light gold color. Aromas of buttered spice cake, marzipan, vanilla steamer, and raisin bran with a glycerous, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length white pepper, teriyaki, and roasted stone fruits finish. A peppery, bone-dry, cask-strength whiskey with loads of umami notes.
93 points $69.99
REDBREAST 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$70
Gold color. Inviting aromas of green cardamom, blackberry pie, cedar, and sherry kisses with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long cinnamon tea, chocolate genache, brown butter, molasses, and soy glazed nuts finish. A distinctive oak presence and rich, spicy character tilt this chewy whiskey in the direction of connoisseurs.
Jura 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$129.99
Amber color. Aromas of olorosso sherry, citrus marinated olives, dried figs, baked rhubarb, and brioche with apple butter with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long sponge cake, leather saddle, butterscotch, and gingersnaps finish. A knock-out wine-influenced Island Single malt that hits the palate with oscillating leather and spice in spirit transforming ways.
93 points $129.99
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$149.99
Copper color. Yeasty, fruity aromas of raisins, maple-pecan, sea salt, sweet soy sauce, molasses cookies, brioche, candied cherries, and fruit cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long cola, Spanish peanut brittle, plum sauce, sage, halvah, and candied pine nuts finish. A full-bodied, heavily sherry-influenced Taiwanese whiskey with a dark and mysterious allure; rum-lovers need apply.
93 points $149.99
Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$159.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of white grape, sorghum, vanilla caramel, magnolia, crystalized cherries, and red and black licorice with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a hot, complex, very long roasted pears, plantains, coriander, mustard, and jalapeño jam finish. A terrific Taiwanese Whiskey with intense concentration and length.
93 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$199.99
Copper color. Aromas of chocolate, strawberry preserves, starfruit, molasses, cinnamon toffee, cola, fig bar, apple orchard, and praline with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elaborate, very long eucalyptus, cold brew coffee, rich tobacco, and cardamom and clove finish. A very memorable expression from Taiwan; sip to celebrate life’s biggest achievements.
93 points $199.99
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
93 points
$210
Golden amber color. Attractive, baked aromas of fresh cinnamon roll, bear claw pastry, raisin bran, hazelnut latte, and cedar smoke with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long flourless chocolate cake, freshly roasted espresso beans, and butter roasted almonds finish. Toasty bakeshop aromas, great power, and gratifying tannins make for a memorable dram.
Dewar’s The Signature 25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky Double Aged
93 points
$230
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted biscuit with raisins, charcoal briquettes, dried apricot, and grilled zucchini with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length vegetable ash, parmesan, honey-nut cereal, and cigarettes finish. A smoky blended scotch for mixed drinks.
Kirkland Signature Blended Irish Whiskey
92 points
$27.99
Gold color. Aromas of rice cakes, Thai hot chile sauce, nougat, and sugared banana with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length fudge brownies, creme, buttery caramel, and apple pie finish. A rock solid blended Irish Whiskey with a cookies and cream-like appeal.
92 points $27.99
The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil Irish Blended Whiskey
92 points
$35
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of almond brittle, Botan rice candy, cola, carob, freshly made kasha with brown sugar, and sweet corn with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, long caramel-coated peanuts, toffee with sea salt, vanilla frozen custard, and grilled pineapple on toasty biscuit finish. A very tasty Irish Blended Whisky that overperforms for its category; rich, lengthy, and worthy of a Glencairn.
The Dubliner Master Distillers Reserve Irish Whiskey
92 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas of sprouted grains, rubber, sandalwood, dried basil, and animal crackers with a velvety, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, buoyant candied hazelnuts, toffee, marmalade, and gingerbread finish. A very enjoyable dram and excellent example of the Irish whiskey category.
Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$50
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of golden apple, lemon grass, turkish delight, honeysuckle, and warm oatmeal cookies with a creamy, crisp, fruity light body and a peppery, very long spiced pear compote, smoking wood, caramel pudding, buttered brioche, and coriander honey finish. An explosive and long-lasting palate makes this whiskey a winner.
Dewar’s The Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
92 points
$50
Light gold color. Aromas of buttered biscuit, lilac, bruleed lemon, cinnamon candies, and earl grey tea with cream and sugar with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length ripe pear, turkish delight, sponge cake, and macadamia nut cookies finish. A solid blended scotch for highballs and cocktails.
Powers 12 Year Old Johns Lane Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
92 points
$50
Bright amber color. Aromas of satsuma orange, bergamot, red apples, coconut-clove, warm croissant, and sweet yogurt with berry topping with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long teriyaki, molasses, butter-pecan, honey-graham cracker, and dark chocolate finish. A concentrated Irish whiskey with a lengthy, chewy finish that will satisfy seekers of excellence.
Green Spot Chateau Montelena Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$55
Bright peach orange color. Grainy aromas of toasted barley and oats, pomegranate molasses, heather, and cucumber-mint with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long salted marcona almonds, sherry glaze, plump raisins, and honeydew melon finish. A robust wine-influenced Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that offers a unique and distinctive pour; opens up with drops of water.
West Cork 12 Year Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
92 points
$65.99
Bright light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of white tea with honey, fragrant asian pears, geranium, peaches in cream, and sweet coconut sticky rice with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long honey wheat scone, caraway and dill finish. A seamlessly integrated Irish Single Malt with a beautiful, evolving finish.
Awards: 2018 Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey
92 points $65.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$69.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of salted marcona almonds and honeysuckle with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-length spice cake, dried plum, and charred dark chocolate biscotti finish. A smoky take on Taiwanese whisky.
92 points $69.99
Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$75
Gold color. Elegant aromas of peach glaze, fine Mosel riesling, dried tropical fruit, cucumber-eucalyptus soap, and white pepper with an vibrant, full body and a warming, very complex, long apricot nectar, whole wheat scone, dark chocolate chunks, clotted cream, honey butter, crystalized violets, and anise finish. An intricate journey of enticing fragrances and shape-shifting flavors; a must-try.
The Dalmore Portwood Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$99.99
Brilliant dark amber color. Grainy aromas of toasted grain in a burlap sack, saddle soap and leather soap, rye flour with dark honey, and clay riverbank with a supple, dryish medium body and a peppery, delightful, long spiced dried stone fruits, chocolate raisin cake with chestnut honey, cedar, and smoked peppercorn finish. A dark and roasted grainy malt with a round, masculine style.
92 points $99.99
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$124.99
Light gold color. Oaky aromas of snickers bar and sticky date pudding with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long sandalwood, lemon verbena, cinnamon pastry, candied cherries, allspice dram, and walnut creme finish. A rich, fruity whisky with an instant hedonistic appeal.
92 points $124.99
Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$179.99
Amber color. Aromas of raisins, salted butterscotch, bay leaf, cheese and crackers, and chocolate lady fingers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, stimulating, medium-long flan, orange caramel sauce, sea spray, and brandy soaked apricots finish. A zingy Taiwanese whiskey that brings heaps of dark flavors.
92 points $179.99
Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$599.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of salted almonds, flourless chocolate cake, salted caramel, bourbon-vanilla, and honey glazed bacon with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long cinnamon, ginger powder, caramelized pineapple and starfruit, and luxury tobacco finish. A big and balanced Taiwanese whiskey with an elegant character and spicy finish.
92 points $599.99
Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey
91 points
$20
Slivery straw color. Vaporous aromas of banana bread, leather, and orange-vanilla cream with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a hot, brisk yogurt coated roasted cashew, cereal milk, and tobacco finish. A velvety Irish Blended whiskey with loads of appeal.
Dewar’s The Ancestor 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
$26
Gold color. Aromas of apricot preserves on whole wheat scone, toasted barley, apple-cinnamon yogurt, and pannetone with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length honey butter, toasted biscuit, and orange cordial finish. A rock-solid blended scotch with great versatility.
Powers Three Swallow Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
91 points
$39
Brilliant gold color. Herbal aromas of fragrant malt, ripe cherries, jasmine tea, caraway, pears in syrup, cumin, and grass clippings with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long green peppercorns, chocolate covered toffee, praline, and sweet soy sauce finish. Grab this solid Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey for alluring aromas.
REDBREAST 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
91 points
$40
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches and rose petals, graham cracker, Twinkies, royal jelly, toasted barley, and oat cakes with brown sugar with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long orange peel, bananas foster, Andes mints, cinnamon-sugar crumble, big red chewing gum, and roasted almonds finish. A spicy Single Pot Still Whiskey to warm autumn evenings.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$49.99
Light golden amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of lava stones and cigar ash, oiled leather and wood soap, smoked meats and wood, and hot metal kettle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, long charcoal grilled fruits, chestnut honey and vanilla cream, iodine, and cigar ash finish. A lovely Islay malt that combines smoke with balance and will be great with cigars.
91 points $49.99
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$54.99
Gold color. Aromas of ginger peach tea, Pepsi, saddle soaped saddle, hay, dried figs and dates, alfalfa, and chocolate Ovaltine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long dark browned biscuits and coconut, lemon oil, spiced lime leaf tea, salami, and fennel finish. A distinctive, rich whiskey with a wild edge.
91 points $54.99
Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas of clover honey, heather, buttered biscuit, orange blossom, coriander, and peaches in syrup with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-length honey butter on parker rolls and fleur de sel finish. A delicious and mild Highland single malt with graceful fruits and classic style.
West Cork 12 Year Rum Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
91 points
$65.99
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas of light honey on yogurt, rice cakes, fig, lemon zest, and gooseberry preserve with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long dried orange, black tea, dried strawberry, and grass clippings finish. A tasty and light-on-its-feet Irish Single Malt.
91 points $65.99
Signatory Glenlivet 2006 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$80
Bright gold color. Aromas of butter drizzled hazelnut, freshly pulled espresso, ripe red apple, and butterscotch pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and salted pretzel finish. A satisfying and balanced sherry-influenced Speyside Single Malt.
Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
91 points
$175
Gold color. Attractive aromas of cloves, well browned mixed berry pie, green tobacco leaf, plantains, corn cake, and brown sugar with a round, fruity medium body and a peppery, subtle, very long green tea with mint, coconut cream, chocolate covered malted milk candies, cinnamon, and galangal finish. A spicy, stately Irish Blended Whiskey that over delivers for its category.
Kirkland Signature 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of Spanish moss, sarsaparilla, mocha, Bovril broth, apricot, banana muffin, and buckwheat pancakes with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long peppered gingerbread, leather, oolong tea, and macadamia nut finish. A distinctive and individualistic Speyside whiskey.
Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Gold color. Smoky aromas of dark browned biscuits, sourdough, smoked chocolate coated toffee, apricot, seaweed, carob, and anise with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pears, caramelized bananas with butterscotch, and black pepper finish. A very attractive blended Scotch that offers a smoky slice of Islay in the blend.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey
90 points
$20
Best Buy
Gold color. Malty aromas and flavors of vanilla taffy, orange oil, peanut brittle, honey and ripe banana on whole wheat bread, and Ovaltine with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy lavender tea finish. A buttery Irish whiskey that goes down ulta-smooth.
90 points $20 Best Buy
The Dubliner Bourbon Cask Aged Irish Whiskey
90 points
$25
Light gold color. Sweet aromas of sweet apple filling, puff pastry, graham cracker, and sweet whipped cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length rice flour cookies, lemon meringue, tea with cream and sugar, orange flower honey, and heather finish. A gentle and assuaging Irish whiskey.
THE SINGLETON 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$35.99
Amber color. Aromas of ripe peaches and apricots, tropical tea, cherry granola, grand Marnier, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long soy glazed almonds, zucchini bread, caponata with raisins, bran muffin, and grass and menthol finish. A robust Speyside single malt that will be an excellent standby to keep in-house.
90 points $35.99
Pearse Lyons The Original Irish Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
Golden straw color. Green aromas and flavors of fresh thyme, burnt cinnamon, royall lyme cologne, galangal, jasmine rice, and cracked peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, complex, long mars bar, fleur de sel, and dried apricot finish. A light-on-its-feet Irish Whiskey that doesn’t skimp on flavor; this is one to be sipped neat.
90 points $39.99
Jameson Signature Irish Whiskey
90 points
$40
Bright gold color. Sweet aromas of Korean rice cakes, sweet corn pudding, cherry stones, and caraway with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate croissant and taffy finish. A friendly, silky-smooth Irish Blended whiskey.
Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of new suede shoes and smoking jacket, dried peach, toasted nut oil, and honeyed goat cheese with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long smoked nuts and tobacco, mesquite honey, hint of jerky, and marshmallow char and pepper finish. A deft combination of light smoke, fruit, and wood keep things interesting whilst making this very approachable.
90 points $44.99
Jameson Round Irish Whiskey
90 points
$50
Golden amber color. Aromas of ripe apple, concord grape, honeysuckle, raisin bread, and black cherry cola with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a quick dried orange peel, mango lassi, and buttery graham cracker crust finish. A delicate Irish whiskey to be savored in warm-weather cocktails.
Pearse Lyons Founders Choice 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
90 points
$59.99
Light gold color. Interesting, herbal aromas of juniper, cedar plank, Irish spring soap, egg white, and galangal with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length wintergreen, caramelized aliums, black pepper, rice confection, and pickled ginger finish. An intriguingly herbal Irish Single Malt for a gin drinker who needs a proper dram.
90 points $59.99
The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
90 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas of lemon oil wood polish, Spanish moss, iced pastry, and peach tea with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length toasty baguette, brown butter, ginger powder, dried rose petal, and menthol mint finish. A dry and brawny Irish Single malt that brings the spice.
Dalwhinne 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$65
Bright light gold color. Aromas of apple blossom, honeydew melon, lemongrass, iced green tea, and orgeat with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, long parker rolls and cherry stone finish. A bright and nectar-like Highland Single Malt in a crowd-pleasing style.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$89.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity aromas of tropical bubble gum, guava creme, and soursop liquado with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long caramelized pineapple, coconut-caramel candies, and peanut confection finish. A bright and fruity whisky for sipping or a knock-out highball.
90 points $89.99
Spirit of HVEN Tychos Star Swedish Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$130
Bright gold color. Elegant aromas of ripe apricot, alfalfa on rye, creme fraiche, roasted grain, nougat with dried fruits, buckwheat honey, wintergreen, and milk chocolate coated dried currants with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long violet, smoked almonds, and saltine cracker finish. A delicious whiskey with engaging flavor twists and turns and a delicate kiss of smoky char.
Kirkland Signature 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$38.99
Gold color. Interesting aromas of carnation, beeswax, whole wheat biscuit, and sauna stones with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sea spray, honey, smoky peat, and candied almonds finish. A distinctive blended scotch with plenty of smoky peat and mystery.
89 points $38.99
The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
89 points
$40
Golden amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas of malted milk balls, charred nuts, toffee latte, honey butter, grilled apricot, thyme, and lemon curd with a velvety, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long caramel, demerara, bruleed key limes, earthy chalk, and black pepper finish. The scotch drinker will get a friendly introduction to Irish whiskey in this slightly smoky dram.
Jura 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$45
Amber color. Aromas of golden apple, latex, and honey nougat with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length spice cake, pears in syrup, and baking chocolate finish. A chewy, masculine-of-center Single Malt with a charming dose of sweetness.
Pearse Lyons Distillers Choice Irish Whiskey
89 points
$49.99
Light gold color. Aromas of golden delicious apples, Botan rice candy, chocolate dipped banana, dried herbs, vanilla caramel, eucalyptus, and white flowers with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate coated peanuts and anise finish. A very nice Irish blended whiskey that will be an great old standby to keep on hand.
89 points $49.99
THE SINGLETON 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$49.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of caramel crunch scone, dried cranberry, sesame oil, lily, honeycomb, dried pineapple, and spice cake with a round, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long flint, kiwi relish, dill, crystalized ginger, and star anise finish. A bright and spicy Speyside with a fine riesling-like character.
89 points $49.99
Jameson Blenders Dog Irish Whiskey
89 points
$50
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch candy, flan with orange caramel, caramel corn, and baguette with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant vanilla buttercream finish. A solid Irish Blended whiskey with lots of sweet aromatics; shoot or mix.
REDBREAST Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$50
Brilliant amber color. Sweet, inviting aromas of chocolate soft serve ice cream, shortbread with pecans, creme brulee, candied apple, grilled pear, black garlic, and bruleed citrus with a creamy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long fine dark chocolate, toffee with sea salt, honey butter on biscuits, smoked cedar, and salted mixed nuts finish. Waves of fine chocolate and salted toffee overtake the senses in this pervasive chewy whiskey to share with friends.
Edradour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$65
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of chocolate malted milk balls, honey, and candied pear with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length tobacco, apple-cinnamon, banana muffin, wafer cookie, aromatic barks, and heather finish. A solid Highland Single Malt for highballs.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet berry coulis, wheat bran, toasty pie crust, and roasted hazelnut with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long salted caramel on mixed nuts and chocolate almond milk finish. A fruity whisky with craveable nuttiness and a peppery lining.
89 points $99.99
Finagren’s Irish Whiskey
88 points
$24.99
Gold color. Aromas of chocolate covered toffee, pear and banana taffies, soft rubber, and caraway with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, relaxed frosted spice cake and marmalade finish. A solid Irish Whiskey for shooting and mixing.
88 points $24.99
Jameson Caskmates Stout Editon Irish Whiskey
88 points
$27
Gold color. Sweet aromas of clove cigarettes, dried orange peel, lemon curd, banana pudding, golden raisins, and pears in syrup with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, crisp chocolate ice cream and puffed rice finish. A dry, chocolatey Irish whiskey with great versatility.
Jameson Crested Irish Whiskey
88 points
$30
Golden amber color. Aromas of cherry almond lotion and banana walnut muffin with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, buoyant honey, lemon marmalade, and crystalized ginger finish. A bright and zesty Irish Blended whiskey for mixing and shooting.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
88 points
$35
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of warm oatmeal with cinnamon, dried figs, caramel glaze, lit candle, and banana pudding with vanilla wafers with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp maple finish. Soft fruits and a creamy mouthfeel make this whiskey a winner.
Kirkland Signature 20 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$57.99
Bright golden amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas of pine nut confection, medjool dates, young pineapple, sprouted grain bread, mustard, and green tomato with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length crackers with apple butter finish. A solid sherry-influenced Speyside Single Malt with a rich and chewy palate.
88 points $57.99
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$119.99
Amber color. Boozy aromas of marzipan, grenadine, golden raisins, mixed peppercorns, cinnamon crumble, jasmine tea, and rum cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length espresso bean, burnt sugar, tobacco, Thai peanut noodles, and eucalyptus finish. A playful Taiwanese whiskey that will add a twist to classic rum cocktails.
88 points $119.99
Paddy Irish Whiskey
87 points
$19.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of porridge, crystallized ginger, dried currants, cantaloupe, caraway, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, medium-length pistachio and vanilla cake finish. A light Irish whiskey that will be a good standby or shooter.
87 points $19.99
Jameson Distillers Safe Irish Whiskey
87 points
$50
Pale straw yellow color. Vaporous aromas of ripe pear, flint, wood soap, leaves, plastic wrapped cookies, and charred nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a hot, medium-long honeydew melon, multigrain bread with almond butter, orange peel, and taffy finish. A wholly mixable Irish Blended Whiskey with a peppery kick.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey
86 points
$27
Brilliant golden amber color. Malty aromas and flavors of Carr’s wheat crackers, apple confection, black walnut, dandelion, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate covered malt balls, ground pepper, and mocha latte finish. A fuller-bodied Irish Blended whiskey with an assertive malt character.
Jameson Lively Irish Whiskey
86 points
$50
Gold color. Interesting, green aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, lime leaf, dried kiwi, bruleed orange, ginger scone, and cracked pepper with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long pecan pie, cinnamon smoke, rose hips, and Werther’s candy finish. An intriguing Irish blended whiskey with spicy cascade of flavors.
Jameson Bold Irish Whiskey
86 points
$50
Gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of apple sharlotka, pistachio nougat, honey butter, tangerine, and southern biscuit dough with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long whole wheat scone with speculoos spread and baklava finish. A rich and chewy Irish Blended whiskey with a tasty, mouth coating finish.
Jameson Coopers Croze Irish Whiskey
86 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas of black tea with milk and honey, cocoa powder, and sourdough with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length toffee pudding, almond milk latte, cardamom, and bit-o-honey candy finish. A zingy whiskey perfect for Irish Coffees.
The Dubliner 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey
86 points
$50
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas of nougat with roasted nuts, pineapple-kiwi smoothie, turkish delight, honey-lemon tea, moss, and chocolate covered cherry cordial with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, distinctive, long cucumber cordial, chocolate croissant, specials cookie spread, cocoa powder, and orange blossom water finish. A very tasty Irish Single Malt with lots a nooks and crannies of flavor to discover.
Kings Park Blended Scotch Whisky
84 points
$10.99
Brilliant gold color. Odd aromas of fallen apricot, green apple butter, and Ovaltine with a silky, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length baking chocolate, dough, and smoked tomato finish. A solid mixable Scotch.
84 points $10.99
Kinsale Blended Irish Whiskey
84 points
$18.99
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas of orange candies, banana runts, Korean rice cakes, and pistachio turkish delight with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery dry roasted nuts and peanut skins finish. A lighthearted Irish whiskey for everyday enjoyment; mix or shoot.
84 points $18.99
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