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November 2018 - North American Whiskey

November 2018 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirit feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points
$59.99
Bright golden amber color. Smoky aromas of sea salt, olive oil, flamed orange peel, Douglas fir, singed quassia, leather, and raisins in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, lavender, rosemary, thyme, green peppercorn, and eucalyptus finish. A vividly spicy and herbal American Single Malt with world-class depth and balance; a very memorable dram.
Awards: 2018 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points $59.99
Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
96 points
$69.99
Amber color. Complex aromas of smoked pineapple, fresh ginger, raisins, fine chocolate, crystalized orange peel, chocolate dusted almonds, licorice, and violet with an oily, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, involved, very long dried cherries, paprika, tajin on mangoes, patent leather, walnut, mahogany, vanilla custard, and blackberry preserve finish. A densely concentrated rye akin to a fine Bordeaux wine; succumb to its power and grace.
Awards: 2018 Best Rye Whiskey
96 points $69.99
George Remus Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$74.99
Amber color. Aromas of all-butter cookies, hazelnut creme, chai tea, banana loaf, slate, and soy glazed nuts with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long speculoos cookie spread, maple creme, clove cigarettes, and grand Marnier finish. Warm, spicy flavors abound in this concentrated bourbon that will be appreciated by whiskey enthusiasts.
Awards: 2018 Best Bourbon Whiskey
95 points $74.99
Bib & Tucker Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$55
Amber color. Complex aromas of vanilla black tea with cream, white chocolate bon bon, cherry cordials, buttercream, and pecan pie with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, endless fine polished oak, toffee coated cassis, tiramisu, and green coffee bean finish. A decadent bourbon jam-packed with skillfully matured character; indulge in this silky sipper with only the most convivial company.
Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey Barrel Proof
94 points
$69.99
Amber color. Attractive aromas of cherry stone, passionfruit scone, fresh violets, and Madagascar vanilla with a round, full body and a distinctive, long peach tea, limestone, geranium, gingersnaps with chocolate fudge, and aniseed finish. A velvety, rye with intense, mature character that is sure to please.
94 points $69.99
Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon, pastry dough, concord grape jam, and banana-cashew shake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a carefree caraway, ginger sweet-and-sour sauce, challah, béchamel with dill, and lemon zest finish. A creamy, rye-forward whiskey that offers a delicate sipping option.
Ala Wai Batch 14 American Whisky
94 points
$129
Bronze color. Aromas of glazed cherries, candy corn, Chinese 5 spice, fresh apples, and custard with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length rose hip jam, black forest cake, pecan shortbread, and caramel candies finish. An excellent whiskey that instantly gratifies; vibrant and gripping.
Awards: 2018 Best American Whiskey
Knob Creek Barrel #6295 Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey
93 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aroma of glazed corn with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length chewy caramel, nougat, chocolate genache, bay leaf, dark toasted pumpkin loaf, and black pepper finish. A nutty, nectar-like rye that will appeal to bourbon drinkers and rye enthusiasts alike.
93 points $44.99
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Herbal aromas of toasty cornbread, dill, tobacco, crushed peanuts, grass clippings, cocoa, and caraway with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long chocolate covered toffee, cherry preserve, polished furniture, black peppercorns, and menthol finish. A super-solid bourbon with herbal inflections that will make for a nice old-fashioned cocktail to ponder.
93 points $49.99
Russell’s Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye bread with caraway, graham cracker, honey, coriander, rose petal, amarena cherries in syrup, toffee popcorn, and lemon cookies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long leather, honeydew, ginger powder, candied walnut, sweet almond oil, and green peppercorns finish. A spot-on rye with elegant character and a spicy finish.
93 points $59.99
Old Pepper Finest Kentucky Oak Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$70
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black cassis, rose petal, honey on crispbread, caramelized passionfruit, sprouts, spearmint, and nutella on pumpernickel toast with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long spiced caramel and warm bread pudding finish. A complex rye with welcome floral aromas and plenty of flavors to dive into.
Maker’s Mark Longman & Eagle Private Select Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$85
Dark amber color. Oaky aromas of sesame oil, lotus leaf, apple-cinnamon muffin, cinnamon dusted pecans, and nutmeg with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long milk chocolate, fruit leather, anise biscotti, sweet potato pie, roasted nuts, and Vienna cream finish. A mouthfilling bourbon that nails the rich style.
Jim Beam Black Extra Age Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted peanuts in caramel, fresh nougat, kettle corn, black tea, coconut cream, roasted walnuts, and milk chocolate with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dried cherry, bananas foster, and licorice finish. A rock-solid, classic bourbon with great versatility.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied peanuts, walnut confection, caramel, smoked gouda, and coconut sugar with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish. A rich and nutty bourbon that will play well in any number of cocktails and will always satisfy when sipped neat or on the rocks.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of cream of wheat, candied apple, burnt sugar, proofing dough, and banana leaf with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy freshly baked bread, sweet corn cake, brown butter, and cinnamon finish. An easygoing bourbon pleaser for the gang.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cornbread with herb butter, banana, strawberry licorice, cantaloupe, mesquite, and marzipan with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length chicory coffee, tangerine peel, and creme caramel finish. A friendly and lightly fruity bourbon great for sours and sipping neat.
92 points $39.99
Maker’s Mark Makers 46 Kentucky Bourbon Whisky
92 points
$39.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of nut brittle, milk chocolate, and leather with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long cinnamon mole, puffed farro, pistachio, ponzu, mint tea, and caramel finish. A big and chewy bourbon that will be a great meal pairing.
92 points $39.99
Mashbuild Batch 4 Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$39.99
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, clove, vanilla gelato, candied cherries, toffee-coated popcorn, and French burnt peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long salted roasted cashews finish. A rich and nutty bourbon with classic style and craveable flavors.
92 points $39.99
Bond & Lillard Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of sandalwood, dried peach, strawberry creme, oregano tea, hardough bread, and shortbread cookie with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, very long marzipan, chai tea latte, quince paste, butterscotch, rose petals in syrup, egg custard, and licorice finish. A spot-on bourbon with memorable depth and the markers of well-aged, skillfully blended barrels.
92 points $49.99
Charbay Doubled & Twisted Whiskey
92 points
$50
Gold color. Herbal, dank aromas of candied cashew, thyme, tarragon, tangerine oil, and fruit stripes gum with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long bay leaf, green peppercorn, pickled mango and peach, smoked woodruff, chocolate covered toffee, and roasted carrots in hoisin finish. A tasty, distinctive whiskey with oscillating notes of complex herbs and silky confection; dances outside the box.
Maker’s Mark Bill Samuels Private Select Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of caramelized bananas, mahogany, cinnamon bread pudding, licorice tea, marzipan, white flowers, and sesame oil with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long chocolate, crystalized rose petal, fine dark chocolate, and praline finish. A bold, skillfully aged bourbon that will delight connoisseurs.
92 points $69.99
Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$80
Dark amber color. Aromas of candied pecan, chocolate cake, rosewater, fine tobacco, hoisin sauce, and vanilla cola with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, very complex, very long grapefruit zest, sticky toffee pudding, mint, and dill finish. An outstanding bourbon with guts and grace.
Chicken Cock 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$250
Amber color. Complex aromas of cappuccino, grilled corn, chocolate bar, toffee, pressed flowers, and pears with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long candied cherry, cherry blossom, toasted almonds in coconut confection, and spice cake finish. A skillfully aged bourbon with excellent depth of flavor to contemplatively sip neat.
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Nutty aromas of caramel on almond nougat, honey-roasted peanuts, milk chocolate, and toasted multigrain bread with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length cherry almond bark, creamy caramel, and frosted spice cake finish. A rich and nutty rye with candy-bar sweetness.
91 points $29.99
King’s Creek 9 Year Old Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Artificial aromas of silky whipped cream, roasted peach, snickerdoodle cookies, pie crust, caramel, and sweet tea with lemon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, long dried mint, caramelized nuts, chocolate covered salted toffee, toasted coffee cake, cigar ash, and candied cherry finish. A super-solid, smooth and mild Tennessee whiskey.
91 points $39.99
George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$44.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of buttercream, allspice and dill, rooibos tea, baking spices, apple, and almond loaf with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length pecan pie, mixed peppercorns, cannoli, and sea salt finish. A mild bourbon that opens up a lot of cocktail possibilities.
91 points $44.99
Widow Jane 10 Yr. Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$69.99
Amber color. Aromas of gingersnap cookies on vanilla pudding, milk chocolate, dried tropical fruit, and toffee with a crisp, off-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long cashew butter, crepes with maple syrup, and baking spices finish. A spicy bourbon that will be excellent in an old fashioned.
91 points $69.99
Noteworthy Rye Whiskey
90 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Fresh aromas of violets, ginger-honey refresher, cedar, and star anise with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length spice cake, cheddar scone, and caramel-drizzled gingerbread finish. A poignant rye that will make and excellent cocktail or sipper.
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
90 points
$24.99
Copper color. Sweet aromas and flavors of buttered corn, banana cake, jasmine tea, melon, tropical mike and Ikes, and peach tea with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and an appealing, medium-long butter pecan ice cream, cherry cordial, and popcorn finish. A sweet and singing all-American bourbon; sip from the heart.
90 points $24.99
Redemption Rye Whiskey
90 points
$28
Golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas of fresh dill, banana bread batter, pressed violets, vanilla bean, macadamia praline, and seasoned oak with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cardamom, clove, ginger custard, black licorice, zucchini bread, and bubblegum finish. A vivacious, multifaceted rye whiskey that offers layers of flavor to the curious imbiber.
Pearse Lyons Reserve Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey on dried figs, moss, fruit cup, steel cut oats with brown sugar, and apple pastry with a round, fruity light body and an even, engaging, medium-long gingerbread and sticky toffee pudding finish. A dead ringer for Scotland’s whiskys, this lighter styled American whiskey sings of honey and heather.
90 points $39.99
Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$49.99
Dark amber color. Earthy aromas of sourdough bread, chocolate muffin, raw nuts, and hay with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long carob, toasted artisan bread, cola nut, antique furniture, and orange marmalade finish. An earthy, chewy craft bourbon with piles of character; a solid cigar pairing.
90 points $49.99
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - American Oak
90 points
$59.95
Golden amber color. Malty aromas of creamy kasha, bubblegum, alfalfa, and Irish soda bread with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long chocolate drizzled key lime pie, honeyed oranges, spearmint, granola, hazelnut creme, cashew praline, and speculoos cookie finish. An American single malt heavily influenced by Scotland’s whiskys; an excellent dram.
90 points $59.95
Calumet Farm 12 Year Old Single Rack Black Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas of fresh sweet corn, cherry taffy, rose water, orange peels, and pecan pie with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long vanilla bean, salted caramel, chocolate mousse, and spearmint finish. A rock solid bourbon that is perfect for an Old Fashioned; plenty of delicate floral notes also makes this a good choice for a nuanced sipper.
90 points $99.99
Hillrock Estate Distillery American Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$100
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of hay, latex, leather saddle, grilled meats, musk, and wet leaves with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a thought-provoking, medium-length raw almond, dried herbs, baking chocolate, and gingerbread finish. A rustic American single malt with a Lone Ranger feel.
Jim Beam Rye Whiskey
89 points
$22.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon graham cracker, coriander, chocolate pie, corn flake crust, roasted nuts, and coffee cake with a satiny, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long brie on honey wheat cracker, rye crispbread, ’Nilla wafers, and fennel finish. A chewy rye that nails the style; cocktail-friendly.
89 points $22.99
Cooper’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$24.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of hibiscus, rose hips, cherry blossom, apricot, key lime pie, soy glazed walnut, and vanilla fondant with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long leather, clove, licorice, and geranium finish. A nuanced and memorable bourbon that is easy to love.
89 points $24.99
Redemption High Rye Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$28
Golden amber color. Complex aromas of pineapple upside down cake, chocolate rice cereal with milk, bananas on graham cracker, corn silk, shortbread, and spiced orange with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length cinnamon candies, dark chocolate chunks, cola nut, and tobacco finish. A lip-smacking bourbon with excellent acidity that drinks effortlessly.
1776 Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
89 points
$40
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of rye crispbread, ground ginger, caraway, dill relish, and mustard seed with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, cheery black licorice, dried violets, and cinnamon-honey finish. A rye-lover’s rye; boldly spicy.
Glyph Spirit Whiskey
89 points
$40
Light golden amber color. Fruity, sweet aromas of banana candies, marzipan, strawberry confection, lime marmalade, and circus peanuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, short Crystal Light peach tea finish. A fruity and easy-drinking whiskey for shots with friends.
Basil Hayden’s Two By Two Rye Whiskey
89 points
$44.99
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas of frosted spice cake, dates, cherry cobbler, and walnut-honey brioche with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length vanilla custard, gingerbread, chocolate biscotti, and peanut brittle finish. A rock-solid go-to rye to make your cocktails shine.
Awards: 2018 Best American Blended Whiskey
89 points $44.99
Coppercraft Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49.99
Dark amber color. Savory, attractive aromas of toasted corn bread, honey butter, shaved cherry wood, thyme, caramelized pineapple, cider apples, and cipollini onions with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, massive, very long peanuts in caramel, crystalized ginger, and violets finish. A bold and complex bourbon that rewards the contemplative sipper.
89 points $49.99
FEW Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of glazed sweet corn, butter pecan, and geranium with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length rose petal, Ceylon cinnamon, honey, cherry stone, magnolia, caraway, and hoisin sauce finish. A vibrant and craveable bourbon that that is both rich and fresh.
89 points $49.99
Treaty Oak Red Handed Rye Whiskey
89 points
$64.99
Light gold color. Perfumed aromas of rose water, lilac, fennel salad, baklava, pickled ginger, Indian donuts in syrup, raisin bread, and pomegranate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a warming, complex, very long candied ginger, fresh baked scone, orange marmalade, and exotic tea finish. A charming and distinctive rye whiskey that sings with floral brightness.
89 points $64.99
Cask House Rye Whiskey
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of hazelnut latte, carnation, English leather, saddle soap, cumin, and sourdough bread with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long creme caramel, sourdough bread pudding, sticky date pudding, caraway, and ground pepper finish. A zesty rye that soothes with a balancing, creamy center.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$20.99
Golden amber color. Green aromas of sandalwood, apple pastry with raisin, sprouts on rye bread, banana muffin, cherry pits, and soft gingerbread with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length cherry cordial, dr. pepper, honeycomb, and green peppercorns finish. A solid, youthful bourbon with nice concentration of fruit.
88 points $20.99
Jim Beam Devils Cut Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$22.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas of warm cornbread, honey butter, candied cherry, and walnut pastry with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, prodigious, very long candied pecan fudge, patent leather, milk chocolate covered salted caramel, cinnamon candies, and aniseed finish. A study in hedonism; a bourbon that gives and gives.
88 points $22.99
Paddleford Creek Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$22.99
Amber color. Sweet aromas of buttered grilled corn, fresh caramel, honey, sticky rice, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length chocolate covered toffee and herb scone finish. A sweet, friendly, all-American whiskey; bourbon by-the-book.
88 points $22.99
Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
88 points
$23
Golden amber color. Confected, nutty aromas of reese’s peanut butter cup, vanilla frozen custard, and salted chocolate fudge with an oily, bright, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length creamy caramel, peanut butter pie, hot buttered rum, and corn cakes finish. A sinfully delicious flavored whiskey; shoot with friends.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Whiskey
Quarter Horse Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$27.99
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of marinated strawberry, sandalwood and honey, gingerbread, hay, fresh corn, freshly peeled tangerine, and celeriac and sprouts salad on crispbread with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length fresh ginger, allspice, black peppercorns, and herbs de Provence finish. A rich and interesting craft bourbon with lots of flavors to explore.
88 points $27.99
Copper Fox Batch #144 Original American Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$44.99
Copper color. Aromas of water crackers, cantaloupe rind, balsa, hearts of palm, and water chestnuts with a round, prickly, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length arugula, flamed orange peel, burnt sugar, and leather finish. A solid American single malt with a dry and toasty charm.
88 points $44.99
FEW Rye Whiskey
88 points
$54.99
Golden amber color. Green aromas of gravel, Arnold Palmer, green wood, caraway, dark chocolate, and alfalfa sprouts on toasted rye with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, cheery sea salt and black pepper, honey on quince, baked orchard fruit, and ginseng finish. A youthful rye with a fresh herbaceousness; a Speyside Scotch on an American vacation.
88 points $54.99
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - Peated
88 points
$59.95
Amber color. Spicy aromas of iodine, vanilla fondant, Douglas fir, pumpernickel pretzel, candied plantain, gingerbread dough, pie crusts, bubblegum, and crushed clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length sea spray, strawberry candies, charred nuts, and maple finish. A fun and funky peaty American whiskey that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
88 points $59.95
Maker’s Mark 21c Private Select 2017 Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$75
Golden amber color. Musty aromas of antique books, peanut flour, buttered popcorn, French toast, mop bucket, and candied almonds with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, breezy chocolate covered cherries, toasted pumpernickel, sea salt, and walnuts in butter finish. A chewy, sturdy bourbon.
Jefferson’s Reserve Twin Oak Custom Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$79.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty, inviting aromas and flavors of honeyed yeasty corn bread with peppers, fruitcake and banana muffin top, alfalfa, and fresh warm crusty sourdough baguette with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long horchata made with corn and rice, sweet and peppery spices, oak plank and banana peel, and mossy limestone finish. A sturdy, fruity and spicy bourbon with a lot of possibilities.
88 points $79.99
Eleven Jones American Blended Whiskey
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Grainy aromas of oatmeal with brown sugar, buttered corn on the cob, cream, roasted plantain, and dill with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy almond nougat, black licorice, molasses cookie, and Irish soda bread finish. A rock-solid American Blended Whiskey.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Noteworthy Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$19.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cracker jacks, buttercream, grilled corn and husk, and watermelon rind in brine with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy chocolate taffy and fennel finish. A mild-tempered bourbon with great versatility.
87 points $19.99
Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$22.99
Golden amber color. Baked, nutty aromas of baking banana bread, spiced walnuts, maple, cola, and candied lemon peel with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-long finish. A satisfying, nutty bourbon that will be a great old-standby.
87 points $22.99
Cask & Crew Straight Rye Whiskey
87 points
$24.99
Gold color. Attractive aromas of apricot and cheese kolaczki, artisan roll, vanilla buttercream, rolled oats, and toasted sesame with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length spice cake, honey, and chocolate bar finish. A wide-appealing and attractive rye for cocktails and beyond.
87 points $24.99
Quarter Horse Kentucky Rye Whiskey
87 points
$27.99
Golden amber color. Grainy aromas of caraway, sourdough bread starter, alfalfa sprouts, dill, chalk, walnut, and pumpernickel crouton with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length toffee, leather, and black licorice finish. A zesty, youthful rye full of spicy, crisp character.
87 points $27.99
New Holland Artisan Spirits Beer Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramelized fennel, alfalfa sprouts, and coconut-almond bar with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length dried fruits, allspice berries, bay leaf, menthol, brown sugar, and caraway finish. An herbal and rustic bourbon that will make for interesting cocktail possibilities; craft rye lovers need apply.
87 points $29.99
Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey
87 points
$39.99
Medium gold color. Aromas of geranium, caramel, vanilla candle, pickled strawberry, and plantains with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a distinctive, medium-long violet, clove, toasted marshmallow, fennel seed, candied lemon peel, and sweet corn cakes finish. A silky rye that’s got it all; fantastic for cocktails and rewarding to sip neat.
87 points $39.99
Widow Jane American Oak Rye Mash Whiskey
87 points
$44.99
Gold color. Spicy aromas of caramel-coated peanuts, lilac, caraway seed, peach salsa, and pie crust with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a breezy ginger-orange marmalade on sourdough and chocolate chunks finish. A spicy tipple for long drinks.
Awards: 2018 Best Distilled from Rye Mash Whiskey
87 points $44.99
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
87 points
$49.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon gum, salted dry roasted nuts, Japanese peanuts, and mossy fallen cedar tree with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an appealing, long spiced cherries, black licorice, and artisan root beer finish. Big cherry flavor dominates this brawny bourbon; a fine choice for a manhattan.
87 points $49.99
Ellington Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky
86 points
$15.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon swirl toast, candied fig, pressed flowers, honeyed apples, serrano ham, and pecan pie with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cola, rum-raisin, sherry glazed spiced nuts, minerals, and granola in cream finish. A very smooth and mild Canadian whiskey that will play well in cocktails, shots and as a winter warmer from a flask.
86 points $15.99
Uprising Pedro Ximénez Finished American Single Malt Whiskey
86 points
$29.99
Copper color. Aromas of sherry, Madeira cake, anise, wet tobacco, sea salt on molasses-glazed nuts, garlic scapes, and salami with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy menthol, cedar, pretzels, and roasted chile finish. A voluptuous American Single Malt that offers a roller coaster ride of a new-world take on sherry-finished styles.
86 points $29.99
1776 Straight Rye Whiskey
86 points
$30
Amber color. Aromas of shoe polish, acetone, caraway, and violet with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy dill, gingerbread, chartreuse, herbed butter on caraway rye, and cashew butter finish. A very spicy, rough-riding rye.
Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$39.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of sprouted grain, southern biscuit dough, dates, chocolate cake batter, cinnamon, and eucalyptus with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length red and black licorice and chocolate biscotti finish. A wild and raw craft whiskey with a youthful, spicy backbone.
86 points $39.99
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$39.99
Amber color. Fresh aromas of sweet rose, almond tea cakes with apricot glaze, cinnamon candies, and sasparilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length pecan praline, sweet corn gelato, cherry wood, and good ’n plenty candies finish. A palate pleasing, lighter-styled bourbon that will be great neat or in all manner of cocktails.
86 points $39.99
Widow Jane Oak & Apple Wood Rye Mash Whiskey
86 points
$44.99
Gold color. Interesting, floral aromas of cherry blossom, sweet almond oil, cocktail onions, potted geranium, and carnation with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy caramel, aniseed, matcha, and caraway finish. A delicate and sprightly whiskey with an exotic, floral edge.
86 points $44.99
St. Augustine Distillery Florida Straight Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$50
Amber color. Aromas of toffee, marshmallow, cherry-vanilla ice cream, and cinnamon steamer with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy brazil nut, fried sage, banana leaf, tobacco, and baking spices finish. A spicy, very oaky bourbon to chew on.
Bird Dog Apple Whiskey
85 points
$19.99
Amber color. Aromas of green apple jolly rancher and caramel-apple pop with a glycerous, vibrant, very sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length caramel candies, kettle corn, honey roasted nuts, and vanilla wafer cream cookies finish. A sweet and fruity flavored whiskey that will be great for folks seeking a caramel-apple shooter.
85 points $19.99
Cooper’s Mark Honey-Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Waxy, sweet aromas of beeswax, dried pear slices, candied apple, and circus peanut with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, breezy milk duds, wax-wrapped candies, and red hots finish. A candied flavored whiskey to take straight to the hive.
85 points $24.99
Cooper’s Mark Maple-Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$24.99
Amber color. Aromas of bit o honey, maple syrup, butter pecan ice cream, and butterscotch-drizzled bananas with an oily, bright, very sweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length candied peanuts, candy corn, challah French toast, and black tea finish. A very sweet, nutty whiskey that will make for fun shooters or cocktails.
85 points $24.99
Title No. 21 Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Confected aromas of watermelon candies, candy corn, jasmine tea, taffy, and fresh pressed apple cider with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length pound cake with jam, butterscotch, and black pepper finish. A fruity and outgoing Bourbon with an autumnal vibe.
85 points $29.99
Title No. 21 Rye Whiskey
85 points
$29.99
Gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of thin mints cookies, pear tart, crushed caraway seed, white flowers, cayenne, and brioche in creme Anglaise with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium carrot cake with crystalized ginger pieces and buttered pumpernickel toast with cinnamon sugar finish. A hugely spicy and thoughtfully aged craft Rye whiskey that’s offers a serious flavor profile for cocktails.
85 points $29.99
Cleveland Underground Black Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$31.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon wafer cookie, olorosso sherry, banana moon pie, and kettle corn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long bay leaf and baking spices finish. An interesting chewy bourbon with big fruit notes and cocktail-friendly personality.
85 points $31.99
Tanner’s Creek Blended Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cherry cordials, honeysuckle, pot still rum, pine resin, vanilla bark, and toasted raisin swirl bread with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, easy cardamom, Seville orange, clove, caramel coated peanuts, and dandelion finish. A chewy bourbon that will bring the cowboy out of you.
85 points $34.99
Signal Hill Canadian Whisky
85 points
$39.95
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of brioche French toast, maple syrup, Jamaican rum, apple-cinnamon muffin, pumpkin custard, pecan pie, and granola with a round, bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish. A super-smooth Canadian whiskey packed with big sherry notes and lots of sweet sippable character.
85 points $39.95
FEW American Whiskey
85 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Green aromas of spearmint, black licorice, incense, cedar closet, cast iron skillet, and alfalfa sprouts on rye with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length cinnamon tea, caraway, charred walnut, gingerbread cookies, and green peppercorn finish. A tingly, herbaceous whiskey with generous nods from malted barley and rye.
85 points $49.99
Ransom Rye, Barley & Wheat Whiskey
85 points
$53.15
Amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf, gingerbread, eucalyptus, spruce tips, juniper, cranberry stollen, and spiced orange tea with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length mesquite honeycomb and scorched metal finish. A distinctively spicy and vocal whiskey that will make lovely hot toddies for the holidays.
85 points $53.15
St. Augustine Distillery Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$80
Copper color. Nutty aromas of Pedro Ximénez sherry, salted raisins and peanuts in molasses, cherry stone, and baked fruit cup with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length grilled sourdough bread and cinnamon bark finish. A rich and smoky bourbon with a sherry-like quality; a unique craft whiskey for gifting.
Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask Rye Finished Whiskey
85 points
$90
Copper color. Aromas of molasses, Madeira cake, sherry-glazed nut shells, and maple-poached pear with walnuts with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length sprouts on toasted rye bread, grain in a burlap sack, and green tea finish. A rustic, grain-forward craft whiskey for distinctive cocktails.
St. Augustine Distillery The Saint Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$200
Copper color. Unusual, spicy aromas of gingerbread, molasses cookies, raisin granola, chocolate dipped crystalized ginger, and cinnamon-sugar pretzel with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length eucalyptus, cinnamon rolls, anise, sassafras, and coffee finish. A distinctively spicy dram that drinks like a flavored whiskey; layers of herbs and spice make this an interesting cocktail choice.
Press & Clover Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$19.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of steamed farro, oatmeal, fennel salad, crayons, sweet tarts candy, and halvah with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long marzipan, canele pastry, autumn leaves, candied walnut, and dried cassis finish. A unique craft bourbon that with a textural element; ready for creative cocktails and the curious sipper.
84 points $19.99
O.Z. Tyler Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$20
Golden amber color. Aromas of pancake batter, sliced bananas, sandalwood, and cream soda with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length cinnamon candies, dried lemon, and anise cookie finish. A grippy, youthful bourbon that will delight your guests in a whiskey sour.
Cask & Crew Walnut Toffee Whiskey
84 points
$24.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Confected aromas of butter pecan ice cream, toffee coated popcorn, and Mrs. Butterworth’s with a round, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk nougat, toasted pound cake with caramel, and stewed apple finish. A candied flavored whiskey with piles of creamy, nutty flavor; shoot.
84 points $24.99
Bunker Rye Mash Whiskey
84 points
$49.95
Gold color. Green aromas of raspberry vinaigrette, fallen orange, savory herbs, brine, bell pepper relish, and butterscotch sauce with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, engaging, breezy black licorice, zucchini bread, and multigrain seeded toast finish. A distinctive and herbal whiskey with lots of fun cocktail possibilities.
84 points $49.95
Battle Cry American Single Malt Whiskey
84 points
$49.99
Bright amber color. Aromas of baking spices, oatmeal cookies, caramel-apple muffin, and cherry bon-bon with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery gingersnaps, black peppercorns, clove, and black toast finish. A very dry and peppery single malt that may make a nice food-pairing.
84 points $49.99
J.H. Cutter Blended Whiskey
84 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of rising dough, jute, dried apple, wet grain, ham, and leather saddle with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk black pepper and marzipan finish. A grain-forward whiskey for mixed drinks.
84 points $49.99
Maker’s Mark The University Club J&L Private Select Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$69.99
Copper color. Aromas of stale pine nuts, shredded wheat cereal, wet mop, prunes, vanilla bean, musty books, and dust bunny with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy cherries in nougat, cognac filled chocolates, and cork finish. A TCA afflicted bourbon.
84 points $69.99
Moylan’s Distilling Co. ADI 2009 Workshop Single Barrel Port Finish Single Malt Whisky
84 points
$200
Dark amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of fresh caramel and chocolate covered toffee with an oily, soft, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, uncommon, rapid flint, scorched pan, heavily bruleed meringue, and black pepper finish. Vivid, fresh caramel notes lead the way in this rich craft whiskey.
Conviction Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$40
Brilliant golden amber color. Vaporous, funky aromas and flavors of warm caramel corn and corn flakes, baked fruits, warm caramel sauce, and acetone and permanent marker with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long grain and grain sack, raisin bran, and wet treated cedar lumber finish. A spicy, grainy, craft whisky that will be good in cocktails.
Bare Knuckle American Aged White Whiskey
82 points
$23.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas of parmesan, sweet plantains, meringue, lemon loaf, freshly tilled earth, sprouted grain, and marigold with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, breezy vanilla sugar finish. A fiery whiskey with great acidity that will be fun in a punch.
82 points $23.99
Misunderstood Whiskey Ginger Spiced Whiskey
82 points
$30
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon roll dough, orange marmalade, and pears in syrup with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree hot cinnamon candies and fondant finish. An outgoing spiced whiskey to shoot.
Black Earth High-Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
82 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Musty aromas and flavors of wrapped candies, damp textiles, sprouted grain health bar, pine nuts, and rising dough with a lightly tannic, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed wax candies finish. A crafty bourbon for the curious.
82 points $49.99
Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey
81 points
$19.99
Peach amber color. Aromas of cherry Icee, sour punch straws, candied rose, baby aspirin, and vanilla-caramel with a glycerous, tart, moderately sweet full body and a breezy acacia powder and tartaric acid finish. A sweet-and-sour fruity shooter.
81 points $19.99
Bird Dog Peach Whiskey
81 points
$19.99
Bright gold color. Candied aromas of crystal light peach tea, baked peach with vanilla soft serve, green apple candy, and peach liqueur with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length sanding sugar and honey roasted peanuts finish. A zippy flavored whiskey that will be a fun shooter or iced-tea spiker.
81 points $19.99
Cask & Crew Orange Roasted Whiskey
81 points
$24.99
Gold color. Aromas of peaches in syrup, mountain dew, and sports drink with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk orange gummies, popcorn, and bit-o-honey finish. A sweet and citrusy shooter.
81 points $24.99
Cask & Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey
81 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, lemon soap, and citronella with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a cheery buttered corn bread, iced tea, and caramel finish. An herbaceous flavored whiskey that will make a fun summertime cocktail.
81 points $24.99
Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey
81 points
$44.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel bread dough, raisins, leather, tomato paste, and steamed nuts with a satiny, flat, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length olorosso sherry, salted cajeta, packaged fruit cake, and vermouth finish. A funky, seemingly port-influenced whiskey for those seeking something completely different.
81 points $44.99
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