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August 2020 - Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y

August 2020 - 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

Speyburn 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$65
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of sweet poached pear, clove, nutmeg, ripe banana, and biscoff cookies with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cinnamon, hints of molasses, oolong and barley tea, and dark chocolate-coated malted milk ball finish. A rich, chewy, lasting Speyside Malt that satisfies; beautifully textured with deep layers of flavor.
Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey
93 points
$34
Gold color. Fruity aromas of ripe peaches, shortcake, baked pineapple, candied ginger, and bread pudding with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, very long marmalade, melon, seeded dinner rolls, white peppercorns, lilac, and grilled tartlettes finish. A fantastic Irish Whiskey with lively fruit aromas and a complex, blossoming palate; engaging.
The Legendary Silkie Dark Irish Blended Whiskey
93 points
$42.99
Dark gold color. Aromas of grilled meyer lemons, incense, dates, iodine, black olives, and wheat crackers with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long mesquite, bananas flambé, and marjoram finish. A peated Irish Blended Whiskey with unique flavors; a worthy dram sipped neat or mixed into thoughtful stirred cocktails.
93 points $42.99
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of candied apricot, peach tea, ginger, honeyed biscuit, and hints of lavender with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long chocolate covered malt ball, carob, and whipped cream finish. A vivacious Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with undulating high notes of peach and ginger with sultry, chocolatey undertones.
Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky
93 points
$77
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye crisps with whole grain mustard, buckwheat porridge, ground ginger, chocolate malt milkshake, tarragon, violets, and caraway with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of honey wheat toast and peppered honey finish. A full-flavor spice cabinet of a Whiskey with a creamy mouthfeel; style and character for days.
Jura Tide 21 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$199
Dark amber color. Smoky aromas of ripe fig with honey, dark baked biscuits, fine leather, cherry jam, salted grilled baguette, and cola with a round, medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long menthol, dark chocolate, custard, and toasted hazelnut finish. A dreamy Island Malt with a rich array of flavors; divine.
Jura Journey Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$34
Gold color. Aromas of roasted barley tea, honey, tomato leaf, tobacco, chocolate, and manchego with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length toasted black bread, lightly smoked tea, and chrysanthemum finish. A malty, chewy Single Malt Scotch Whisky to pair with dinner or dessert.
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old North Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$95
Dark gold color. Aromas and flavors of golden biscuit with honey, white peach, salted pretzel, and watermelon rind with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish revealing notes of ginger tea, lemongrass, marmalade, star anise, and shortbread. A lengthy and uplifting aperitif-style Whisky that will make stupendous highballs; a lively and joyous palate.
Tenjaku Blended Japanese Whisky
91 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of raisin toast, sticky rice, gingerbread, iodine, straw, violet, and ripe melons with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a peppery, charming, medium-long pears, honey, marmalade, and pink peppercorns finish. A rock solid Japanese Blended Whisky with nice balance; a good bridge for traditional Scotch Whisky drinkers.
91 points $39.99
Jura 12 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted spice cake, iodine, smoked vanilla bean, digestive biscuit, raisins, honeycomb, toasted almond, lardons, and hints of black olive with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, long finish with nuances of roasted hazelnut, dark chocolate, buttered black bread, and caramel. A robust, toasty Single Malt that sweeps across the palate with a chewy saunter.
Archie Rose White Rye Unaged Whisky
91 points
$64
Clear color. Green aromas of rye seed, peppered sourdough, fresh sprouts, sugared banana, rose petals, and toasted sesame with a glycerous, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toasted and buttered black bread, sweet pickles, ginger, marzipan, and star anise finish. A round and mild Unaged Whiskey with delicate nuances; a fun one to sip on the rocks.
Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky
91 points
$64
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied raisins, toasted fruitcake, roasted pineapple, buttery pastry with honey, and walnut praline with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, engaging, long finish revealing notes of cinnamon babka and bananas foster finish. A delicate, understated, sherry-influenced Whisky that delivers lasting complex flavor.
Kilbeggan Traditional Blended Irish Whiskey
90 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttercream, sweet pears, graham cracker, vanilla-nougat, and brown sugar cake with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting notes of tea with cream. A silky smooth Irish Whiskey with a palate-pleasing flavor profile and versatile style; sip, mix and shoot.
LISMORE Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of grilled shortbread, toffee, berry tart, bergamot, and cream with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length chocolate, hint of espresso bean, and red apple finish. A soft Speyside Single Malt with a gentle persuasion.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Starward Nova Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$54
Amber color. Malty aromas of toasted oats, spiced apple chutney, oolong tea, yeasty breads, and toasted marshmallow with a silky, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length cinnamon-turmeric latte, sticky buns, berry preserves, wildflower honey, and spiced nuts finish. A spicy, malty Whisky with a chewy, flavorful finish.
Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky
88 points
$32
Golden amber color. Unusual aromas of spicy rye, pickled ginger, chicory coffee, black tea with cream, and pear kombucha with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length herb focaccia, custard, and ancient grain porridge finish. A complex, twisting and turning craft Whisky that offers something truly different to the category.
The Legendary Silkie Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of caramel-milk steamer, sweet yogurt with bananas, and English Leather cologne with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length toast, smoked honey, baked apples, and fresh cut grass finish. A fruity Irish Whiskey with peppery heat and grassy undertones.
88 points $39.99
Proper No. Twelve Irish Blended Whiskey
85 points
$24.99
Bright amber color. Aromas of wrapped almond cookies, treacle, honey, and pineapple rind with a lean, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, fast spice cake and wrapped caramels finish. A satiny Irish Whiskey ready for any mixer you throw at it.
85 points $24.99
Grand Royal Smooth Whisky
84 points
$3
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Grainy aromas of banana bread batter, kasha, ginger, leather conditioner, and cherry with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk caramel, steel cut oats, and brown sugar frosting finish. A fruity, creamy Whisky for cocktails.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Hye-Land 12 Year Old Small Batch Single Malt Armenian Whiskey
81 points
$27.99
Gold color. Aromas of pickled ginger, brown sugar, rubber, and dill weed with an oily, prickly, dry light body and a tingling, short butterscotch candies, licorice candies, and mineral water finish. A mixer-ready Whiskey.
81 points $27.99
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