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August 2019 - Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y

August 2019 - Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y
This month's Spirits feature is Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y

Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y Reviews

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Single Malt Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Irish Whiskey
97 points
$100
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apple, fresh tangerine, wild strawberry, pastry dough, and golden raisin with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, very long finish with suggestions of rosehip tea, butterscotch, acacia, and jasmine finish. A journey for the senses that traverses every inch of the palate.
Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$159.99
Gold color. Aromas of circus peanuts, banana-pistachio gelato, pound cake, and smoked honey butter with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long white peach, rose tea, saffron, and coconut cream finish. A powerful, highly nuanced whisky that is a pleasure to discover.
97 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$199.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, caramel, pecan praline, wine-poached pear, and chocolate coated malted milk ball with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long candied peanuts, vanilla bean, dried mango, and baked dates finish. A tropical and caramelly rum drinkers’ whisky.
96 points $199.99
REDBREAST 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$210
Medium amber color. Aromas of chocolate-bourbon ball, newsprint, cinnamon roll, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long spice cake, spiced plums, peppercorns, biscuits with honey, and fire roasted grain finish. A richly flavored, robust Single Pot Still Whiskey that offers intricate caverns of flavor; dry, spicy, nuanced.
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
96 points
$220
Gold color. Aromas of buttered corn, dried herbs, and raisin bran with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-length black tea and dark chocolate finish. A chewy whiskey to pair with cigars.
Aberlour Abunadh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$99.99
Amber color. Aromas of golden raisin, rich sherry, salted almonds, candied orange, custard, and Madeira cake with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long alfajores, dark chocolate, and bread pudding finish. A rich and concentrated single malt; cask finishing transforms this whisky into a voluptuous flavor bomb.
95 points $99.99
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$299.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of leather, Serrano ham, cola, cappuccino, toffee coated nuts, custard, and rum-raisin with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, involved, medium-long sea salted dark chocolate, fruity olives, sesame oil, and licorice finish. Heavy port influence imparts this whisky with deep, savory character unlocked with each sip.
95 points $299.99
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Aromas of honeyed pears, cola, cinnamon-dusted raisin, spice drops, and toasted croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long flan with caramel, nutmeg, sponge cake, and sea spray finish. A delicious Irish Single Malt whiskey with a spectrum of spice flavors and a lengthy finish.
94 points $44.99
Aberlour Casg Annamh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64.99
Amber color. Aromas of molasses cake, cherries in syrup, cinnamon-raisin swirl toast, and toasted coconut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long orange marmalade, candied ginger, Nutella, sea salt, hint of sherry, and leather finish. A richly flavored Speyside malt that offers great complexity and a deliciously lengthy finish.
94 points $64.99
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$119.99
Gold color. Aromas of key lime, floral honey, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger-turmeric tea with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, elaborate, very long red apple, exotic peppercorns, tamarind and starfruit chutney, ginger, marmite, and digestive biscuit finish. Complexity abounds in this superbly balanced single malt that combines notes of tropical fruit, spice, biscuit and umami-rich flavors into a work of palatal art; mouthwatering.
94 points $119.99
Laphroaig Lore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of iodine, succulent apricot, lime leaf, jasmine confiture, and black olives with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long tiramisu, chai tea, chocolate biscuits, and heather finish. One sip unlocks a universe of flavor to discover; floral nuance flecks across a bold and smoky maritime spirit; otherworldly.
94 points $124.99
The Glenlivet 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of pear, honey, heather, apricot yogurt sap, dill, and chamomile-ginger tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long buttered shortcake, thyme, and tangerine finish. A gentle, classic Speyside single malt that dances on the palate.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 1st Place Highball Whisky
REDBREAST 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$60
Medium gold color. Fruity aromas of sweet pear, coconut cream, buttered waffles, apple chutney, apple blossom, apricot confection, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, very long forest fruit, salted toffee, tobacco, espresso bean, and ginger-honey finish. An Irish whiskey with exceptional length, crescendo-like acidity, and layers and layers of balanced flavors to discover.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$79.99
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas of slivered almond, toasted marshmallow, chocolate croissant, earl grey tea, and butter-poached apple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long cinnamon-sugar, dark chocolate shavings, custard, and hazelnut finish. A rich and toasty single malt with robust flavors and a nutty, chocolatey finish.
93 points $79.99
REDBREAST 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$90
Golden amber color. Aromas of salted nuts, peanut oil, waxy chocolate, amontillado sherry, and Proscuitto with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long chocolate chips, banana bread, powdered sugar, crushed nuts, and schezuan peppercorn finish. A nutty, sherry-lovers Irish Single Pot still whiskey that offers a unique twist on the style.
Archie Rose Six Malt New Make Whisky
93 points
$119
Clear color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled figs, brownie batter, guajillo pepper, and roasted coffee bean with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a charming, medium-length candied ginger, dried cherry, and tarragon finish. A wildly complex unaged whisky that offers the curious drinker a richly flavored cocktail ingredient; a finely crafted spirit that may be a fun and creative substitute for tequila.
Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$124.99
Amber color. Aromas of sweet sherry, ripe cherry, salted Marcona almonds, and toffee with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long walnut praline, leather, pumpkin spice latte, rosemary, and wheat crackers finish. A delicious sherried whisky with a round, dry-yet-fruity style.
93 points $124.99
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$124.99
Gold color. Aromas of speculoos cookie butter, spiced marmalade, gingersnap cookies, and lily with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long salted toffee, fine tea, sultanas, dried rose, apricot chutney, Proscuitto, and smoked tonka bean finish. A deliciously complex and welcoming whisky with a unique spicy pop on the mid palate; lengthy and wide-appealing.
93 points $124.99
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$149.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of sun dried dates, coffee toffee, candied raisin, molasses, rosemary, and olives with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length prunes, sweet tobacco, cacao nibs, candied nuts, salted caramel, and graham cracker finish. A fruity single malt with intense notes of sherry; Spanish brandy lovers may find this a fascinating single malt.
93 points $149.99
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey
93 points
$205
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of lacquer, orange blossom, rice candy, raisin, and baked apple with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, amusing, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of melon, candied nuts, dark toast, and biscuit finish. A rock solid Irish whiskey with delicate nuance on the nose and silky sweetness on the palate.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$280
Amber color. Aromas of peanuts in caramel, parchment, and nougat with a round, crisp, medium body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate-cherry granola, brown sugar, leather, and Swisher sweet finish. A complex and concentrated Single Pot Still Whiskey that will be a natural pairing to fine cigars.
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$469.99
Amber color. Aromas of sticky date pudding, tropical fruit pastry, rum cake, crystalized orange peel, and mesquite with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long black pepper, allspice, smoked chocolate, licorice, and sage finish. A concentrated, mouthfilling single malt that engages the senses with every waft and drop.
93 points $469.99
Jameson Crested Irish Whiskey
92 points
$30
Golden amber color. Creamy, inviting aromas and flavors of rice flour cookies, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried apricot, and hint of mint with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, long finish with accents of graham cracker, honey, and dried herbs finish. Big flavor and palate-pleasing balance will prime the lucky imbiber for another sip of this tasty Irish Whiskey.
Powers Three Swallow Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$39
Medium gold color. Aromas of gingerbread cookies, buttercream, cassis, spearmint, and spiced orange tea with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long spice cake with caramel, chocolate covered nuts, and smoky dark roasted espresso finish. A robust and chewy Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey; a great standby for the connoisseur that will serve as a great nightcap or cigar pairing.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of almond tea cakes, buttercream, nori, cashew, coconut sago, and licorice with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long autumn leaves, smoked peppers, spiced custard, and pastry finish. A velvety and concentrated Islay single malt that tantalizes the senses with a decadent combination of sweetness and smoke.
92 points $49.99
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of whole peppercorns, dried orange peel, caramel, bergamot, and iodine with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, long black toast, butter, sea spray, and shitake mushrooms finish. A spicy, dry Islay single malt with great structure.
92 points $59.99
Powers 12 Year Old Johns Lane Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
92 points
$60
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of ripe peach, pastry crust, and saffron with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, medium-long glazed apple fritter, shortbread, tangerine marmalade, butter, black tea, leather, and melon finish. A vibrant Single Pot Still Whiskey with a joyful vibe and rich, concentrated layers of fruity flavors; serious but never stuffy.
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of praline, roasted peanut, fine rosewater, dill, and caramel with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, long lemon curd, starfruit, pink peppercorns, and rye finish. A superb, one-of-a-kind single malt that will delight the fine bourbon drinker and entrance those accustomed to more classic single malt profiles.
92 points $69.99
Archie Rose Unaged Rye Whisky
92 points
$99
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, crystallized lime peel, quince jam, graham cracker, and lemon custard with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length apples in creme, stone fruit, and sweet corn pudding finish. An outrageously drinkable unaged whisky that offer delicate notes of florals and fruit; sophisticated.
King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$119.99
Dark gold color. Aromas of graham cracker, honey-ginger lozenge, candied banana, white port, and lychee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long turmeric, pound cake, and sweet tea finish. A palate-pleasing single malt with big flavor; makes one ponder their next sip with great anticipation.
92 points $119.99
Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky
92 points
$120
Light amber color. Aromas of rye seed, burlap, cherry preserves on pumpernickel, cola, and violet petals with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length Nutella, crystalized ginger, rose hips, chocolate cake, and roasted pecan finish. A bold rye whisky with big grain notes and sultry kisses of chocolate; a fun craft whiskey to sip and savor.
Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$130
Gold color. Aromas of honey-wheat toast, butter, sweet almond, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long apricot relish on toast and clove finish. A dense, nectar-like Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that delivers a powerful wave of spicy, fruity flavors.
Chivas Regal 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of black tea with biscuits, ripe strawberry, prune, lemon custard, lavender, and nutty wheat germ with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish that shows accents of toasted pound cake, spiced frosting, and mocha finish. A palate-pleasing blended Scotch that offers notes of delicate spices and chewy toast.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 2nd Place Highball Whisky
Bogart’s Irish Whiskey
91 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of rolled oats, melon, candied orange, banana, whipped cream, and cocoa butter with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, interesting, medium-long honey, Nutella, white flowers, and graham cracker finish. A tasty and delicate Irish whiskey with a smooth and assuaging style.
91 points $39.99
Tamnavulin Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe, juicy pear, honey cake, toasty blini, marjoram, and chervil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish with accents of butter poached orchard fruit, ripe glazed apricots, orange zest, and coconut cream finish. A juicy, well-balanced Speyside single malt that offers succulent fruit and notes of toasty pastry.
91 points $39.99
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
91 points
$45
Gold color. Aromas of honey, cider doughnuts, and brown sugar with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long sea spray, spice cake, dried rose, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts finish. A spicy upstanding Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that is a good introduction to the category.
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$48.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of biscuit, apple crumble, honeydew melon, apricot, heather, delicate tea, and banana with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish. A delicious balance of sweet biscuit and floral notes dance on the tongue long after this nectar-like whisky leaves the palate.
91 points $48.99
Jameson Signature Irish Whiskey
91 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered malted milk balls, green apple, caramel-mocha latte, toast, and chai tea with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish imparting elements of white pepper finish. A rich and complex Irish Blended Whiskey that will be delicious in cocktails or simply enjoyed neat; balanced and concentrated.
Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
91 points
$54.99
Gold color. Aromas of blackened pie crusts, grilled pear, sea salt, honey, Royall Lyme., and marmalade with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long shortbread, custard, savory herbs, and caraway finish. Captivating aromas and lengthy flavors; a slightly smoky malt with tantalizing richness.
91 points $54.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$69.99
Gold color. Aromas of all-butter cookies, mango, custard, and citrus spritz with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length toasted spice cake, hazelnut spread, coconut, watercress, and black pepper finish. A youthful and spicy single malt with a strong backbone.
91 points $69.99
Nikka From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky
91 points
$69.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, pickled ginger, sourdough, honey, and raisins with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length crepes, dulce de leche, butter-poached pear, and toasted spice cake finish. A rich and toasty Japanese blended whisky that offers big character that will stand up in craft cocktails.
91 points $69.99
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$89.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of bruleed citrus, mango, papaya, roasted pineapple, salted almonds, licorice, and hint of caraway with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, very long finish that exhibits accents of toasted sesame and coffee cherry tea finish. A rich whisky with aromas of bold tropical fruits and round and chewy palate that will charm and delight.
91 points $89.99
Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
91 points
$150
Bright gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of honey, marzipan, rice pudding, and baking spices with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish that presents accents of toasted and buttered corn bread, granola, cinnamon, and roux finish. A mild and assuaging Irish whiskey; will appeal to bourbon drinkers.
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricots in syrup, southern biscuit, toffee-coated nuts, and creme brulee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of maple and hint of peat finish. A rich and roasty blended Scotch whisky that’s easy to love; sip or mix.
Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey
90 points
$29.99
Light gold color. Creamy aromas of vanilla caramel, egg nog, cream puff, condensed milk, and fresh cut grass with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long sweet baking spice, anise biscotti, and creme brulee finish. A decadent Irish Single Grain Whiskey that offers layers of creamy, custardy flavors; an excellent nightcap.
90 points $29.99
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey
90 points
$30
Gold color. Aromas of nougat, dried apple, and French toast with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, toffee, toasted almond, wheat flakes in cream, and condensed milk finish. A round and pillowy Irish whiskey with creamy, toffee-like flavors.
Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aromas of fruit cup, cigar smoke, leather, iodine, and black licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long grapefruit, cumin, cinnamon, and saffron finish. Endless complexities lie within this golden dram; alluring smoke, exotic citrus, and curiosity-sparking spice bring you to another sip.
90 points $44.99
Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$54.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of honeydew melon, shortbread, lime curd, and roasted pecan with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, crisp chocolate, creamy caramel, and jasmine tea finish. A solid Speyside malt with hints of chocolate; palate pacifying.
90 points $54.99
Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$120
Gold color. Aromas of ripe banana, grilled granny smith apples, cantaloupe, and white pepper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length white tea, butter, coriander seed, caraway, magnolia, and spiced caramel finish. A fascinatingly fruity single malt that makes for a pleasant summer dram or serves as a secret weapon in rum cocktails.
Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$179.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of raisin, pedro ximenez sherry, salted toffee, licorice, and dark roasted peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length molasses, green apple, black pepper, and char grilled pineapple finish. An intense Single Malt with huge sherry notes; a very interesting and flavorful cocktail ingredient.
90 points $179.99
John Barr Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of candied citrus, green apple, kiwi, pastry crust, and caramel cheesecake with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length pecan praline, molasses, roasted nuts, and whipped honey finish. A very tasty and mixable Scotch whisky that won’t let you down.
89 points $24.99
The Pogues Irish Blended Whiskey
89 points
$29.99
Gold color. Aromas of candied peanuts, honeysuckle, candied banana, marshmallow, and dark berries with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length multigrain bread, dark chocolate, pepitas, and black pepper finish. A big and bold Irish whiskey that will make great toddies, Irish coffees, and other robust cocktails.
89 points $29.99
Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey
89 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey, spiced orange marmalade, candied ginger, honeycrisp apple, and rye toast with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long finish that shows notes of rose water, violet, and caramel finish. A craft whiskey packed with the essence rye; attention to detail and respect for process create a well-refined and luxurious product.
89 points $34.99
Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$34.99
Gold color. Aromas of buttered apple cake, caramel, banana-oat cakes, clover blossom, and heather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length lemon cordial, cinnamon, toasted nuts, and cacao nibs finish. A rich and chewy malt that will be delicious in all manner of cocktails from highballs to Rob Roys.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 4th Place Highball Whisky
89 points $34.99
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey
89 points
$35
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of gingerbread, sultanas, apple pie, chocolate-coated toffee, and eucalyptus with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with accents of peppered nuts and toasted coconut finish. A rich and spicy Irish whiskey with nuance and style.
Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey
89 points
$39
Golden amber color. Sweet aromas of pear drops, cherry candies, corn bread, and almond croissant with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy ginger, toffee, salted butter and hint of peppermint finish. A zesty Irish whiskey for simple shooters and cocktails.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
89 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, toasted oats, ground peanuts, and hazelnut spread with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of salted caramel, all butter cookies, and chocolate biscuit finish. A richly flavored, smooth-sipping Irish whiskey
Kavalan Distillery Select Whisky - for the US Market
89 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of sweet brown sugar, cherry cola, roasted nuts, sherry, tropical fruit tart, and sea spray with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intricate, medium-long Chinese 5-spice, plum sauce, and spiced apricot preserves finish. A distinctive, concentrated and lively single malt with lots of tropical and umami character.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 3rd Place Highball Whisky
89 points $59.99
REDBREAST Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas of sage tea, cinnamon-raisin toast, and banana bread with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length raisins, sherry, Marcona almonds, and Serrano ham finish. A sherry-influenced pot still whiskey that offers limitless craft cocktail possibilities.
Bowmore 15 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$75.99
Amber color. Aromas of grand marnier, peat, chocolate biscuit, chocolate-covered caramel, fennel, and sea spray with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, long roasted coffee, black forest cake, maple, and chocolate Bavarian creme finish. A chocolate layer cake of an Islay malt with a voluptuous texture yet masculine-of-center style.
89 points $75.99
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$99.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of burnt caramel, ripe plum, nutty sherry, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, delightful, long finish that presents suggestions of bananas foster, allspice, roasted almonds, and carob finish. A rich and tropical single malt with nutty notes of sherry and cooked bananas.
89 points $99.99
REDBREAST 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$110
Golden amber color. Aromas of wet grass and vanilla-caramel with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long rum raisin ice cream and dried leaves finish. A solid Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey.
Stamford’s Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of pear toaster pastry, date cake, caramel sauce, sweet cream gelato, and banana bread with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, brisk candied orange, caramel cookie, and coconut finish. A super drinkable blended scotch for classic highballs.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Imperial 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Fresh aromas of ripe pear, peony, green apple, grilled orange, and buttered almonds with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long creamy caramel, apricot jam, chocolate orange, tea with cream, black pepper, and clove finish. A delicious and mouthfilling blended scotch that is a delight to drink on its own and will also make excellent cocktails.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey
88 points
$24.99
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey on brioche, candied pear, rice candy, orange blossom water, banana cake, and nougat with a silky, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, cheery finish conveying notes of chamomile and mocha finish. A candied, fruity Irish whiskey with wide appeal.
88 points $24.99
Jameson Caskmates Stout Editon Irish Whiskey
88 points
$32
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of soft rice cakes, frosted shortbread, orange-cream, toffee, and wintergreen with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length banana custard and toasty pie crusts finish. A smooth and easy-drinking Irish Whiskey for all manner of mixed drinks.
Kavalan Distillery Select Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of banana muffin, roasted walnuts, and plum with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length caramel and white pepper finish. A unique finished whisky for distinctive cocktails.
88 points $59.99
Samuel Gelston 12 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
88 points
$64.99
Light gold color. Herbal aromas of bay, eucalyptus, lemongrass, lemon verbena, jasmine, and myrtle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long biscuit, honey, apple chips, and tea finish. A distinctive, herbaceous Irish Single Malt unlike any other; somewhat rustic.
88 points $64.99
Bowmore 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$51.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of hazelnut creme, tobacco, honey lozenge, toasted brioche, and cured meats with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length salted melon rinds, grilled stone fruit, cheddar biscuit, sandalwood, and tar finish. A tasty and balanced single malt that’s incredibly smooth; hints of salinity round out this slightly smoky Scotch.
87 points $51.99
Hatozaki Small Batch Blended Whisky
87 points
$58.99
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of underripe apricot, basil, and oatmeal cookie with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length honey-butter biscuit, green tea, pressed flowers, toffee, and dark chocolate finish. Rich honey-like sweetness and biscuit flavors make this an easy-to-drink blended whisky that is perfect for highballs.
87 points $58.99
Jameson Blenders Dog Irish Whiskey
87 points
$65
Medium gold color. Aromas and flavors of nutmeg, allspice, black pepper, melon, and stewed tropical fruit with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, brisk finish displaying notes of digestive biscuit, salted butter and cacao nib finish. A dry and spice-forward Irish whiskey for all manner of mixing.
Jameson Distillers Safe Irish Whiskey
87 points
$70
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of honey-drizzled bananas, roasted cashew, squash blossoms, and yeasty buns with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length toffee, cinnamon, and blonde tobacco finish. A smooth and mild Irish whiskey that covers a lot of bases; shoot, mix or sip.
Jameson Coopers Croze Irish Whiskey
87 points
$80
Old gold color. Fruity aromas of apricots in syrup, green apple, spice cake, and honey with a round, crisp, off-dry light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length milk chocolate, candied ginger and orange peel, apple confection, licorice, and pepper finish. A sweet and friendly Irish whiskey with great fruity notes.
Paddy’s Blended Irish Whiskey
86 points
$19.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of frosted wheat cereal, cinnamon, maple-creme, and stewed apple with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, swift finish. A light but punchy Irish whiskey for mixed drinks and shooters.
86 points $19.99
ScotchMe! Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
86 points
$36
Gold color. Aromas of digestive biscuit, honeyed melon, and bruleed banana with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long apple pastry, prune, toffee, and caraway finish. A solid Blended malt with a very cocktail-friendly proof.
Hatozaki Blended Whisky
86 points
$38.99
Pale straw green color. Aromas of toasted rice, butter, orange zest, autumn leaves, and toffee with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length honey, heather, candied pear, and tonka bean finish. A round, delicate whisky with a nectar-like sweetness and wide appeal.
86 points $38.99
Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt Whisky
86 points
$59.99
Bright gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of bubble gum, bergamot, fruit cup, and spearmint with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of melon and spiced honey finish. A candied and tea-like Single Malt that will appeal to many types of spirits drinkers, not just the devoted whisky fan.
86 points $59.99
Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky
86 points
$64.99
Gold color. Aromas of sweet corn, cantaloupe, malted milk ball, lemon zest, and lanolin with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, cheery graham cracker, peach tea, meringue, and toasted rice finish. An easy-drinking whisky for refreshing highballs.
86 points $64.99
Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
85 points
$23.99
Gold color. Aromas of apple pastry, milk chocolate, and black tea with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy graham cracker, spiced marmalade, and caramel finish. A caramelly whiskey that will work well in classic Irish Coffees.
85 points $23.99
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whisky
84 points
$34.99
Straw color. Aromas of nougat, spice cake, candied ginger, citronella, and dried apricot with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, brisk white pepper and soy-glazed nuts finish. Inviting aromas shine in this youthful and highball-ready whisky.
84 points $34.99
Grand Royal Smooth Whisky
83 points
$4
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla taffy, toasted sesame, bitter orange, almond nougat, green apple, grilled corn, and parmesan with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish. A mild, easy-to-drink whisky to shoot and mix.
83 points $4 Best Buy
Brenne 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
82 points
$99.99
Light gold color. Phenolic aromas of wrapped lavender soap, apricot, and pistachio paste with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy candied tangerine, elderflower, bergamot, white tea, and ginger finish. A tea-like whisky for distinctive cocktails.
82 points $99.99
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