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September 2020 - North American Whiskey

September 2020 - North American Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is North American Whiskey

North American Whiskey Reviews

Doc Swinson’s 15-Yr Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$149
Amber color. Aromas of roasted cashews, spice cookies, toffee-coated popcorn, buttercream, pineapple upside down cake, and hints of cedar with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, charming, long dark chocolate, molasses, plum jam, and cinnamon finish. A monster of a Bourbon with a bold, chewy texture and piles of spice; serve on the rocks and pair with a cigar.
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$49
Amber color. Inviting aromas of dark caramel, cherry lozenge, molasses, candied nuts, caramel-drizzled cherries, hints of espresso, and egg nog with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, very complex, very long fine black tea, coconut cream, toasted almonds, condensed milk, and chocolate covered nougat with nuts finish. A seamless Bourbon that invites you to dive right in; high-octane, full flavor, but still maintains an elegant personality.
WELLER Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, leather, and ripe peach with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long finish that presents notes of sweet tea, apple pie, candied peanuts, honey, and brown sugar buttercream. A complex, fruity, sophisticated Bourbon with a never-ending finish.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$59
Amber color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of white chocolate, finest vanilla beans, oolong tea with floral honey, and Belgian waffles with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with touches of coconut cream, hazelnut, and lilac. An elegant, pure Bourbon that sings.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of suede, chocolate-covered toffee, hints of licorice, cherry coulis, and cafe au lait with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, long finish displaying notes of key lime custard, almond tart, tobacco, and delicate spices. Elegant, seamless, stunning; this is the one to impress your guests.
Knob Creek 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas of orange flan, cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, flaky croissant with hints of prosciutto, and black pepper with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long hints of rose, leather, spice cookies, almond biscotti, and tangerine peel finish. A rich, warming Bourbon that pops on the palate with savory nuance; this is one to show off.
Boulder Bottled in Bond American Single Malt Whiskey
95 points
$68
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, toasted rice, barley tea, and toffee cookies with a supple, crisp, medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with elements of clover, hints of orange and mango, spiced apple, and hints of anise. A soft, fruity and pillowy American Single Malt that will have Scotch drinkers jumping the pond.
Widow Jane 10 Yr. Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$69
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch, raisins in caramel and chocolate, roasted banana, cardamom, and coconut with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing accents of juicy orange, glazed nuts, and chocolate. A rich, complex and balanced Bourbon; look forward to sipping this neat or in your favorite stirred cocktail.
Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$89.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of cucumber, melon, honey, dark rye crisps, cranberry, vanilla bean, and violet petals with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, intricate, very long dark chocolate with almonds, dried cherry, toasted pumpernickel, and lingonberry preserves finish. A downright delicious Rye Whiskey that will be stupendous in cocktails but will shine even brighter when sipped neat; ultra-concentrated flavors that delight the senses.
95 points $89.99
Calumet Farm 14-Year-Old Single Rack Black Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$119
Golden amber color. Creamy aromas of banana custard, whipped cream, brandied cherries, Nilla wafers, toasted coconut, and hints of licorice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long cracked black pepper finish. Delightful silky texture and well-integrated flavors make this a stand out Bourbon for every type of serve.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, hints of apricot cobbler, coffee cake, candied orange peel, black tea, and ginger with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long finish imparting notes of ripe strawberry, black licorice, caramel corn, and vanilla bean gelato. An expertly crafted, bold, mature Bourbon that jumps from the glass; sure to satisfy any lover of the category.
HEAVEN HILL 7 Year Old Bottled-In-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$39
Golden amber color. Aromas of fine black tea, cinnamon buttercream, and toffee popcorn with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length chocolate and roasted walnuts finish. A sophisticated, dry and chocolatey Bourbon for contemplative sipping.
HENRY MCKENNA 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced orange tea, banana custard, pecan praline, and caramel on peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-long finish with notes of cinnamon-raisin cookies, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and nougat. A delicious, concentrated, nutty Bourbon that will play well in stirred cocktails.
Larceny Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$49
Dark amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasting peanuts, fresh caramel, coconut flakes, and Butterfinger bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish with suggestions of honey, cola nut, coconut cream, and Middle-Eastern spices. Get ready for this intensely nutty, rich and satisfying Bourbon to whisk you away.
WELLER Single Barrel Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of fine caramel, vanilla bean, coconut, and hot cinnamon candies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a silky, complex, long finish evoking notes of berry fruit leather, tea with cream and honey, and hints of cured meats. A spot-on Straight Bourbon that pops on the palate; make a stupendous Manhattan or simply sip neat.
Old Elk Straight Wheat Whiskey
94 points
$64.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, clove-spiced apples, toffee, and hints of tiramisu with a velvety, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an even, layered, medium-long finish with accents of pineapple, limestone, black pepper, star anise, and turmeric. A spicy, well-refined Wheat Whiskey with great minerality and a smooth-sipping texture.
94 points $64.99
Sagamore Spirit Distillers Select Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$69
Copper color. Aromas of red cassis tart, dark-toasted croissant, chocolate covered cherry cordials, clove, and tangerine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long oregano, rich salted caramel, toffee-coated almonds, and leather finish. A rich and fruity Rye Whiskey with a distinctive luxurious style; highly recommended for gifting and sipping.
Old Potrero 18th Century Rye Whiskey
94 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas of hay, carob, dark chocolate, and pumpernickel crisps with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length cracked pepper, fresh tarragon, caraway, butterscotch, and toasted sesame finish. A complex and peppery Rye whiskey with great herbal character.
Knob Creek 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted brazil nut, dark chocolate, Nutella, corn flakes, and wafer creme cookies with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long peanuts in caramel, nougat, toasted panettone, and tobacco finish. A full-bodied, full-flavor, mature Bourbon that delights the palate with notes of leather, tobacco and roasted nuts.
Evan Williams 1783 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of monkey bread, lemon custard tart, molasses cookies, and brandied cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long glazed nuts, sesame seeds, and ginger-orange marmalade finish. A sweet, spicy, chewy Bourbon that can’t do you wrong.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of candied cashews, fresh apples, coconut cream, strawberry jam, and milk chocolate with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long sesame candies, coffee gelato, leather, and spiced apples finish. A bold, nutty Bourbon that offers generous waves of flavor; excellent.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$29
Amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of stewed peach, ripe melon, raspberry taffy, rose petals, turmeric, and caramel corn with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with impressions of nutmeg, cherry custard, and hints of dried herbs. A lively and outgoing Bourbon that sings with a mélange of ripe fruits and elegant spices.
High West Double Rye! Blended Rye Whisky
93 points
$29
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ginger cherry chews, sliced almonds, spice cake, licorice, dill, and candied violet petals with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of dense black bread and honey roasted seeds. A delight of a Rye Whiskey with all the spice, floral and toasty notes you crave.
Knob Creek 9 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$34
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of crushed peanuts, coconut frosting, bruléed banana, chocolate sponge cake, allspice, and molasses with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish. A bold and coating Bourbon that delivers rich flavors and velvety texture.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$39
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe figs, heirloom apple, banana custard turnover, tobacco, and candied peanuts with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish that presents accents of chai latte, black pepper, ginger, and orange-clove muffins. A distinctive, spicy, peppery Bourbon to serve on the rocks, in spicy summertime cocktails or winter warmers.
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$39
Amber color. Fruity aromas of candied cherry, bright honeycrisp apples, caramelized pineapple, and black tea with cream and honey with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length dark toasted baguette, black tea, and dried peach finish. A bright, distinctive, complex Bourbon that offers a fruit basket of flavor atop toasty, oaky notes.
Doc Swinson’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks
93 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas of cracker jacks, burnt sugar, nut brittle, cherries, and chocolate-covered caramels with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long bright cherry, spearmint, whipped cream, spicy cinnamon, and nutmeg finish. A rich and full-bodied Bourbon with a satisfying bouquet of nuts, cherries and spices.
The QuintEssential American Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$59
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mocha, gingerbread, fudge, coconut, and banana pancakes with a round, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish that presents notes of caramel cremes and rum-raisin cake. A smooth-sipping American Single Malt Whiskey best served neat or in classic stirred cocktails.
Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Tennessee Whiskey
93 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas of dried cherry, juicy orange, fresh waffles, toasted pecans, leather, and sweet caramel with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, very long ripe cherries in brandy, toffee, chocolate-covered caramels, white pepper, licorice, and buttered sweet corn finish. A rich, impeccably balanced Tennessee Whiskey with bountiful offerings of flavor.
Old Elk Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$64.99
Amber color. Aromas of rye crisps, intense caramel, dried cherries, and french toast with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long honey-drizzled nut butter, toasted brioche, spice cookies, mace, and buttercream finish. A pure Bourbon with clearly defined, mature aromas and flavors that hit the nail on the head.
93 points $64.99
Noteworthy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
Gold color. Aromas of roasted peanuts, rich caramel apple, kiwi relish, chocolate fudge, magnolia, and smoked vanilla buttercream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, very complex, long starfruit, toffee, rosemary, lemon custard, cinnamon and mace, and black licorice finish. A rich and decant nose of caramel and nuts leads to a surprisingly delicate, evolving palate with a distinctive herbal nuance; buoyant, intriguing and never heavy.
High West American Prairie Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$29
Amber color. Inviting, herbal aromas and flavors of fresh tarragon, rye seed, chocolate-covered caramels, pecans, and buttered sweet corn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish evoking notes of gingerbread, caraway, and dark chocolate shavings. A spicy, herbal, high-rye Bourbon that will be a great all-arounder for cocktails; Manhattans, sours, juleps and more will shine.
Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$34
Golden amber color. Aromas of hot cinnamon candies, milk chocolate, corn pops, maple syrup, and toast with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, agreeable gingerbread with raisins and condensed milk finish. A mild, creamy craft Bourbon that warm the soul in cooler months.
Widow Jane Oak & Apple Wood Rye Whisky
92 points
$44
Golden amber color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of spiced bananas, vanilla, sliced lemon, crystallized violet, and caraway-rye toast with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish with suggestions of spearmint and grapefruit zest finish. A joyous Whiskey that lifts the palate with perfumed and spicy flavors; an apéritif Whiskey to sip neat or enjoy in a classic highball.
FEW Rye Whisky
92 points
$49
Brilliant dark amber color. Peppery aromas of cedar, green peppercorns, caraway, suede, and sliced chilis with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long buttered rye toast, chewy caramel, strawberry jam, dill, oregano, and wintergreen finish. An herbaceous and pervasive Rye that lingers.
Rebecca Creek Small Batch Blended Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of caramel gelato, black pepper, buttered corn, bright cherry, and hints of pine with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sweet rose, roasted cashews, raisin, and clove finish. A rock-solid Blended Bourbon with silky texture and sweet-spicy flavors.
Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennesee Whiskey
92 points
$49
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach pie, buttered corn, lingonberry jam, caramel, tangerine zest, and chamomile with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows notes of apple pie, baking spices, and hint of peppermint. A wonderfully balanced Tennessee Whiskey that offers elegant aromas and great length.
WELLER Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of winter spice cookies, spice drops, peach cobbler, Stroopwafel, herbal tea, and toasted peanuts with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of caramel gelato, sarsaparilla, and coconut. A distinctive and slightly herbal Bourbon whiskey that delivers rich complexity.
Journeyman Distillery Field Rye Fig Flavored Whiskey
92 points
$59
Rich dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel latte, espresso beans, gingerbread, ripe plum, cola, and pumpkin loaf with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of honeycomb. A silky Whiskey that delivers rich, delicious flavors in a dry and highly sippable package.
Rebecca Creek 10yr Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$59
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-dipped salted pretzels, toffee-coated peanuts, chocolate frappé, toffee chips, and toasted coconut with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish conveying accents of trail mix. A rich and nutty classic Bourbon that hits the spot.
Rebecca Creek Double Barrel Blended Whiskey
92 points
$113
Dark amber color. Aromas of candy corn, leather, rose, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, appealing, long bright cherry, orange peel, and licorice finish. A full-flavor Blended Whiskey that delivers piles of tasty, mature, pure flavors; Bourbon enthusiasts need apply.
Evan Williams 4 Year Old Bottled-In-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted peanuts, almonds, milk chocolate, and caramel swirl with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length sweet nougat, corn bread, and hint of bacon finish. A great bottle to keep on hand for everyday cocktails; this Bottled-in-Bond banger is your versatile palate pleaser.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$22
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of sweet cornbread, honey butter, pecan praline, and orange peel with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long finish that shows accents of vanilla-caramel and mulling spices. A quintessential Bourbon with the sweet caramel notes you’re looking for.
91 points $22 Best Buy
Jeppson’s Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$25
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of rye crisps, buttered popcorn, hints of dried cherry, grilled fruit, and honey cornbread with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long toffee, ginger, vanilla praline, and tobacco finish. A rock-solid Bourbon with refined flavors and instant appeal; great for Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, shooting, or sipping.
91 points $25 Best Buy
Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey
91 points
$28
Golden amber color. Nutty aromas of creamy peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and trail mix with an very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long peanut butter wafer, salted peanut butter caramel pie, milk chocolate, and peanut butter gelato finish. Something like this shouldn’t be so good, but it is; drink this and then drink some more.
Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey
91 points
$37.99
Amber color. Spicy aromas of toasted sourdough, cultured butter, fresh tarragon, white pepper, and spiced pecans with a velvety, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced apricots, kasha and clove finish. A rich and spicy Rye that will make an excellent Manhattan.
91 points $37.99
Davidson Reserve Four Grain Small Batch Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$44
Amber color. Aromas of pretzel dough, cinnamon-sugar, root beer float, caraway, and spring-roll wrapper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, intricate, medium-long chocolate frosted yellow cake, crushed peanuts, hazelnuts, and caramelized waffles finish. A solid nutty Bourbon that will shine in most any cocktail.
Davidson Reserve Small Batch Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana muffins, marzipan, spiced apple butter, black olives, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of prunes, leather, dark chocolate, and peppercorns. A robust Rye Whiskey with big oak notes and green, herbaceous nuance.
Journeyman Distillery Corsets, Whips and Whiskey Wheat Whiskey
91 points
$59
Copper color. Baked aromas and flavors of oatmeal with apples and caramel, pound cake, coconut-almond bar, and spiced cherry pie with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish. A charming Wheat Whiskey that comes alive with water; serve on the rocks or in highballs for a full-flavor experience.
10 Distillery Rd. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of sassafras, coriander, flamed orange, milk chocolate, ghee, and bacon studded toffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long chocolate-coated peppermints finish. A distinctive bourbon with loads of character; spicy, sweet, with hints of smoke, this is a fantastic choice for manhattans.
Yellow Banks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of sassafras, coriander, flamed orange, milk chocolate, ghee, and bacon studded toffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long chocolate-coated peppermints finish. A distinctive Bourbon with loads of character; spicy, sweet, with hints of smoke, this is a fantastic choice for manhattans.
Old Tub Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$22
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled cherries, coconut flakes, hazelnut creme wafers, honey-lemon tea, Spanish peanut, and lime zest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long peanut oil, ground ginger, and vanilla bean finish. A well-balanced, lengthy Bourbon that’s chic and stylish without being flashy.
Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Blended Whiskey
90 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas of buttered sweet corn, pecan praline, spice orange tea, cherry slushie, and caramel chews with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied banana and butterscotch bread pudding finish. A vibrant spirit that checks all the boxes; this American Blended Whiskey over-performs for the category.
Gold Bar Rickhouse Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$34
Mahogany color. Smoky aromas of grilled meats, campfire-cooked oatmeal, smoked butterscotch, rum-raisin ice cream, brown sugar, and espresso with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long cinnamon pastry, almond windmill cookies, chocolate chips, and smoked vanilla bean finish. A bold, smoky, entirely unique Bourbon.
Widow Jane American Oak Rye Mash Whisky
90 points
$44
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honey, apricot stone, lime zest, caraway, albariño, and ripe sour cherry with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length finish. An eau-de-vie like Whiskey that sings with high notes of the rye grain; delicate and sophisticated.
Boot Hill Straight Wheat Whiskey
90 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon sticky buns, honey butter, gingerbread cookie dough, Boston cream pie, and cola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of chocolate malt. Generous sweet aromas welcome the imbiber to the glass; this rich, full-bodied Wheat Whiskey is sure to satisfy.
District Made Straight Rye Whiskey
90 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate chip cookie dough, oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, ripe melon, vanilla-maple, and tellicherry peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-long molasses cake, eucalyptus honey, dark chocolate, and caraway finish. A dense and spicy Rye that delivers piles of dark, brooding flavor.
FEW Immortal Flavored Rye Whiskey
90 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey on biscuits, caramelized waffles, hints of pine, and oregano with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long finish. An all-natural Flavored Whiskey with great complexity and dryness; ready for delicious and distinctive cocktails.
Journeyman Distillery Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$49
Minutely hazy amber color. Baked aromas and flavors of banana muffins, toasted walnuts, dried pineapple, cinnamon-raisin bread, and vanilla frosting with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, fast finish. A mild, bakery-fresh Bourbon for bright whiskey cocktails.
Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$59
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, orange peel, toasted pistachio, sweet heirloom corn, and spice cookies with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that presents elements of milk chocolate. A lighter-bodied but refined Bourbon that will play very well in stirred cocktails.
Conciere Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$11.59
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grilled corn cakes, berry jam, vanilla-caramel, marzipan, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of apple-walnut muffin and toast. A rich Bourbon that offers seriously satisfying caramel flavors.
89 points $11.59 Best Buy
Evan Williams Black Label Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pecan pie, dried cranberry, and multigrain toast with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of sweet corn cakes and bell pepper finish. A tasty, rock-solid all-arounder; this is a bottle to keep on hand for your everyday dram.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey
89 points
$27
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered toffee and popcorn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length corn cakes, caraway, and seasoned rye crisps finish. A mild-mannered, very smooth Rye Whiskey that will play well neat, on the rocks and in a manhattan.
Bernheim 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
89 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-drizzled peanuts, milk chocolate, buttered popcorn, hoisin sauce, and toffee-studded cookies with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that presents impressions of salted caramel and whipped cream. A nutty, very Bourbon-like Wheat Whiskey that is a pleasure to sip and share.
Kelley American Single Malt Whiskey
89 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aromas of cinnamon rolls, lemon poppyseed cookies, buttered toast, peach chutney, and spiced apple compote with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long tea with cream, fresh tarragon, fennel, milk chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts finish. A light-bodied, fresh and spicy Single Malt that invigorates the palate with a complex mélange of herbs and fruits.
89 points $44.99
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
89 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied walnut, butter pecan ice cream, and caramel drizzled brioche with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of hot buttered rum, cinnamon toast, allspice, and apple chips. A rock solid, round and mild Canadian Whisky with great concentration and texture.
District Made Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas of churros, sweet corn cakes, and fresh pumpernickel bread with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, delightful, medium-long dark chocolate, caramel, sprouted grains, crispbread, and herb butter finish. A spicy, chocolatey, herbal Bourbon that offers a complex change of pace to classic flavors.
FEW Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$49
Amber color. Herbal aromas of spiced tea, orange custard, eucalyptus-honey, and toffee cookies with a medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-long caramel-drizzled nuts, toasted pine nuts, and cinnamon-anise dusted cookies finish. A lengthy, complex, herbal Bourbon that offers something distinctly different to the connoisseur that’s ready to branch out of Kentucky.
FEW Cold Cut Bourbon Flavored Whiskey
89 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, tobacco, dates, tea with lemon and honey, and sesame with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of black pepper and hot cinnamon finish. A spicy Whiskey with genuine flavor.
Old Line Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey
89 points
$54.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of dark chocolate mint cremes, pecan praline, hot chocolate, honey, sorghum wine, and ginger-mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, oregano, vanilla bark, cedar, and leather finish. A twisting and turning American Single Malt Whiskey that keeps things interesting; flavors of chocolate, mint and spicy ginger are welcome treats.
89 points $54.99
Frey Ranch 5 Year Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whisky
89 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas of seasoned wood, olives, caramel sauce, and dill with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk toasted pine nuts, dried figs, banana chips, rye seed, dill, and caraway finish. A punchy, bone-dry Rye that opens up with water; serve on the rocks or in stirred cocktails.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Whiskey
89 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of molasses cookie, vanilla bean gelato, brown sugar, and pears with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length tart cherry, candied violet, and dark chocolate mousse finish. A mild, palate-pleasing Rye Whiskey that will play well in classic cocktails and served neat; bright and balanced.
89 points $59.99
Bird Dog Honey Jalapeño Flavored Whiskey
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of beeswax and chamomile with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length white flowers, honey on biscuits, caramel, and sliced hot peppers finish. A sweet and spicy Flavored Whiskey that will be a fun cocktail ingredient and shooter.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Amber color. Confected aromas of caramel corn and chocolate frosting with a supple, bright, sweet light body and an even, medium-length chocolate sprinkles and Tootsie Rolls finish. A sweet, chocolatey flavored Whiskey that’s easy to sip and share.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of bruléed orange, caramel latte, spiced pecans, and vanilla bean with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pink peppercorns and milk chocolate finish. A highly mixable Canadian Whisky that hits all the right notes.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Larceny Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$24
Amber color. Aromas of Spanish peanuts, cacao nib, and black tea with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-long spicy cinnamon, clove, ground black pepper, and basil finish. A rich and spicy Bourbon with distinctive earthy qualities.
Ole Smoky Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey
88 points
$24.95
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of salted peanuts, honey on saltines, shortbread, buttered popcorn, and Nutty Buddy bars with a round, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish. A luscious, peanut-buttery Flavored Whiskey that’s like sipping a peanut butter and honey sandwich; don’t knock it till you try it!
88 points $24.95
Evan Williams Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas of kettle corn, orange zest, cola, and vanilla buttercream with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, compelling, medium-long caramelized figs, ripe pear, and honey on toasted brioche finish. A fruity Whiskey that’s a joy to sip; try in classic Bourbon cocktails as well.
Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$39
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced toffee, candied nuts, cinnamon pastry with orange zest, sweet apples, and bananas with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish that shows accents of treacle, grilled peach and ginger. A bright and nutty Bourbon that brings the spice.
Doc Swinson’s Straight Rye Whisky Finished in Rum Casks
88 points
$39
Gold color. Aromas of cedar plank, spiced raisin bread, dressed fennel salad, and Irish soda bread with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dill, chocolate, and roasted peanuts finish. A solid Rye Whiskey to add herbal, spicy character to cocktails.
Journeyman Distillery Pit-Spitter Cherry Flavored Whiskey
88 points
$44
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe sour cherries, hints of green apple, caramel, baking spices, and pastry crusts with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish. A yummy cherry Whiskey with an all natural vibe; sip, mix and shoot!
Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$49.99
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana taffy, rye seed, biscuit dough, and caramel with a supple, crisp, bone-dry light body and a peppery, swift finish evoking notes of buttered toast with honey and cracked black peppercorns. A spicy Bourbon that will play well in highballs.
88 points $49.99
Cadée Cascadia Port Finished Rye Whiskey
88 points
$52
Amber color. Aromas of fennel seed, dill, violet candies, and sweet caramel with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length gingersnap cookies, dark chocolate, caraway, and caramel gelato finish. A palate-lifting Rye that undulates between creamy caramel and bright spices; a joy to sip and mix.
Low Gap 4 Year Old Bavarian Hard Wheat Whiskey
88 points
$75
Gold color. Aromas of parmesan crisps, popovers with honey, and limestone with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length maple on fresh crepes, crispy waffles, and candied ginger finish. A mild Whiskey with bakeshop flavors and smooth texture.
Low Gap 7 Year Old Rye/Bourbon Blend American Blended Whiskey
88 points
$200
Gold color. Aromas of focaccia dough, parmesan with honey, carob, and rum-raisin ice cream with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, breezy cinnamon-sugar soft pretzel, maple, and spice cookies finish. A funky nose leads to a sweet and mild palate in this cocktail-ready American Blended Whiskey.
WELLER 12 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted ripe apples, sour melon candies, pineapple, and butter pecan ice cream with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a peppery, breezy finish. An estery, fruity Bourbon that will play well in citrusy cocktails.
Ghost Coast Master Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$32
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of graham cracker, cherry cordial, grilled nuts with brown sugar, and shortbread with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a polished, engaging, medium-length flamed orange peel, rye crisps, yeasty soda bread with raisins, bran muffin, and herbal tea finish. A chewy, slightly herbal Bourbon that brings plenty of nutty caramel vibes.
Bearface One Eleven Series Oaxaca Agave Spirit Blended Whisky
87 points
$49
Pale gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled meats, dark grilled pecans, grilled citrus, maple syrup, nutmeg, and raisins with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish conveying shades of baked apples. A totally unique Canadian Whisky with a smoky-sweet style; endless cocktail possibilities.
Saint Liberty Josephines Flathead River Straight Rye Whisky
87 points
$54
Amber color. Woody aromas and flavors of cedar, freshly sawn wood, pine, dill, and cinnamon-spice cookies with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with notes of cardamom and bay finish. Powerful, brawny oak notes dominate this Rye Whiskey.
Seagrams V.O. Gold Canadian Whisky
86 points
$16
Golden amber color. Aromas of spice cookies, caramel drizzled pecans, raisins, and dried cherries with a supple, prickly, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length oak and marzipan finish. A tingly Canadian Whisky for casual highballs.
Jim Beam Straight Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$17
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of sweet corn, candied peanuts, beeswax, toasted marshmallow, and banana taffy with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, agreeable finish. A rock solid, mild Bourbon that delivers great value; shoot, sip and mix.
Bird Dog Ruby Red Grapefruit Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$19
Golden amber color. Citrusy aromas of orange zest, hints of caramel, and grapefruit peel with a supple, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp tangerine and orange Hi-C finish. Bright citrus flavor pops on the palate of this sweet Flavored Whiskey.
PB&W Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas of toasted soft white bread, ground peanuts, cherry jam, and sweet corn cakes with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich finish. This Flavored Whiskey delivers everything it promises; serve chilled for a shot or mix it up into creative, nostalgic cocktails.
86 points $29.99
Traverse City Whiskey Co. American Cherry Edition Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$30
Bright copper color. Aromas of cherry candies, marzipan, cherry stone, Fruit Stripes gum, and cinnamon with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length sassafras, buttercream, candy corn, and vanilla finish. A bold cherry-flavored Whiskey that will be fun in cocktails.
Leadslingers Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas of toffee-coated popcorn, Spanish peanuts, cream soda, and lemon balm with a supple, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, breezy kettle corn and old fashioned donuts finish. A solid Bourbon with mellow vibes; shoot and mix.
Cadée Straight Rye Whiskey
86 points
$39
Dark golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of turmeric, licorice, floral honey, spiced molasses cookies, and apple compote with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk finish with accents of cola and dark chocolate. A fun, spicy Whiskey with potential.
FEW American Whiskey Blended
86 points
$49
Dark amber color. Aromas of mixed nuts, dried figs and dates, clove-spiced granola, and spice drops with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy gingersnap cookies, charred oak and black tea finish. A dry, chewy Whiskey that’s easy to mix with; try in most any cocktail.
Frey Ranch Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of popcorn, red apples, wonton wrapper, spearmint, and caramel with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of parchment and grilled nuts. A dry, chewy Bourbon with a hint of minty nuance.
Journeyman Distillery Cask Strength Last Feather Rye Whisky
86 points
$59
Copper color. Aromas of banana-topped cream of wheat, gingersnap cookies, hot cinnamon candies, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length cookie dough, spice cabinet and peppercorns finish. A high-octane, spicy, peppery Rye.
Cadée Medusa American Whiskey
86 points
$99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, caramel buttercream, salted pretzel, chocolate-butterscotch chews, spiced cider, and Chic-O-Stick candies with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with notes of pecan. A rich and chewy American Whiskey that offers a lot of flavor and power for the category.
Boot Hill Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$39
Bright amber color. Herbal aromas of cinnamon, ginger bread, dill, and buckwheat with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length rye crisps, chocolate malt shake, mixed peppercorns, and licorice finish. A peppery, herbaceous Bourbon that will star in cocktails.
Cadée Straight Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$39
Gold color. Aromas of milk chocolate with almonds, candied cherries, wintergreen, and sweet roasted banana with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long shortbread, hints of rose, graham cracker crust, and spiced toffee finish. A lighter bodied Bourbon that doesn’t skimp on flavor; floral high notes make for a sophisticated sipper.
Cadée Deceptivus Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$52
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of charred corn, corn flakes cereal, chocolate-peppermint cookies, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of caramel, orange peel, devil’s food cake, and walnuts. A somewhat minty Bourbon with extroverted oak.
Saint Liberty Marys Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$54
Amber color. Nutty, herbal aromas of vanilla frosting, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallow, roasted sweet potato with molasses, and pine with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length vanilla bread pudding, mint creme, hot cinnamon, maple, and butter finish. A rich and distinctive Bourbon with kisses of maple, herbs and spices.
Old Potrero Straight Rye Whisky
85 points
$65
Golden amber color. Pungent, unusual aromas of apple, parmesan crisps, herbal tea, graham cracker, and molasses cake with a satiny, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length chocolate covered nuts, banana chips, and singed tobacco finish. A dry and chewy, nutty Rye.
Texas Ranger Blended Whiskey
84 points
$24
Dark gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of toffee, maple, rum, whipped cream, caramel latte, and toasted marshmallow with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying shades of Nilla wafer and banana pudding finish. A candied Whiskey that will play well in winter warmers and decadent cocktails.
Wheel Horse Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
84 points
$27
Amber color. Aromas of madeira, pomace, croissant, and fallen apple with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long caramel-drizzled nuts, jam, and pretzels finish. A distinctive Whiskey with funky fruit top notes and classic caramel flavors underneath.
Leadslingers Minuteman Single Malt American Whiskey
84 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted oats, caramel candies, banana chips, hops, and palo santo with a lean, bright, dry light body and a hot, brisk finish. A fruity, fiery Single Malt that tickles the palate.
Untitled No. 18 Blended Whisky
84 points
$79
Dark amber color. Aromas of juniper, cedar, lime leaf, baking spices, and honey with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, compelling, medium-long cola, rosemary, and herbal tea finish. A dry, distinctively herbaceous craft Whiskey.
Leadslingers Fighting Spirit Rye Whiskey
83 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas of spice box, almond cookies, floral soap, ground ginger, and raisin bran with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, brisk violet candies finish. An interesting, floral Rye whiskey that will make for bright and interesting creative cocktails.
Grand Teton American Single Malt Whiskey
83 points
$39
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of sourdough, candied ginger, chamomile, sprouts, mint, and cinnamon potpourri with a supple, soft, dry light body and a tingling, brisk chocolate babka finish. An herbaceous American Single Malt with distinctive flavors to discover.
Mendocino Spirits 3 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
83 points
$70
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of banana bread, candy apples, porridge, melon rinds, and quark with a glycerous, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-long finish. A youthful, carefree Whiskey for creative craft cocktails.
Saint Liberty Berties Bear Gulch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
80 points
$44
Amber color. Aromas of stale herbs, dried leaves, and fallen apple with a lean, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, fast berry tea finish. A lean and funky Bourbon for cocktails.
Journeyman Distillery Last Feather Rye Whisky
80 points
$49
Hazy copper color. Aromas and flavors of dark honey, molasses, furniture polish on rich old wood, canned pineapple, and medicinal spice with a lean, bright, dryish light body and a polished, short finish with impressions of toasted bread crusts, ginger, and clove. A youthful, peppery and extroverted Rye for the craft-curious.
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