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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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