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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

Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
98 points
$179.99
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of dense raisin-studded caponata, ripe cantaloupe, molasses, sassafras, and candied dried mango with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a hot, very complex, very long milk chocolate, moist spice cake with stewed fruit, cajeta, rosemary, candied walnuts, and bananas flambé finish. A port-like Single Malt with highly concentrated fruity flavors; this stunning display of intensity will satisfy most any lover of cask-finished spirits and may even convert rum drinkers into whisky lovers.
98 points $179.99
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$159.99
Amber color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, bruleed lime, hints of copper pot still rum, hibiscus, curry, and caramel-chocolate truffle with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long roasted kiwi, green tea, sage, and crushed pink peppercorns finish. A funky and tropical Single Malt with a spicy, peppery palate.
97 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$199.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted almonds, leather, hazelnuts in caramel, molasses, orange peel, savory herbs, and starfruit with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, very complex, very long suede, kalamata olives, glazed nuts, dates, dark chocolate, fine tobacco, luxury tea, and dried tropical fruits finish. A delicious and captivating Whisky that inundates the senses with luxury.
97 points $199.99
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
97 points
$380
Amber color. Aromas of crisp peanut candies, butterscotch, roasted almonds and walnuts, leather, and spiced wine with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, endless jamon iberico, oolong tea, caramel latte, and toasted hazelnut biscotti finish. A truly delicious Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with an elegant and persistent finish of delicate herbs and cured meats; outstanding and conversation-worthy.
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
96 points
$230
Light amber color. Aromas of toffee, rum-raisin ice cream, spice cookies, candy corn, and pecan praline with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a graceful, intricate, long orange marmalade on fudge cake, jamon serrano, salted Marcona almonds, buttered brioche, wildflower honey, and sage finish. Excellent depth of flavor and memorable length, this rich and layered Irish Blended Whiskey objectively overdelivers for the category.
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$230
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted Marcona almonds, palo cortado sherry, raisins, chocolate ganache, caramel, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long finish with notes of yuzu marmalade, lime leaf, tobacco, peppery rye, galangal, and coconut-drizzled caramel. A stunningly complex Whiskey with a powerful crescendo of flavor that lifts the imbiber to new hedonic heights; an exceptional dram.
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$469.99
Copper color. Aromas of madeira cake, raisins and roasted walnuts, leather, and roasted meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a hot, engaging, long coffee gelato, soft licorice, and ripe red apple finish. A bold, full-bodied Single Malt with serious wine influence; a flavor-packed indulgence.
96 points $469.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$69.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of ginger-passionfruit preserves, spiced apples, lime cordial, and dried mango with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, gigantic, very long finish with nuances of caramel, honey-roasted macadamia, roasted yellow bell pepper, allspice, anise, minerals, and pineapple finish. A tropical, super complex Single Malt with the minerality and finesse of a fine wine but the power of brute 57.1% ABV.
95 points $69.99
Aberlour Abunadh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$99.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, caramel, chamomile, allspice dram, green olives, and baking chocolate with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows impressions of buttered and roasted walnuts, licorice, caramel creams, and broth. A velvet monster of a Single Malt with huge sherry-like flavor, exceptionally smooth texture, and a brawny, palate-conquering finish.
95 points $99.99
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$299.99
Dark copper color. Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, molasses, black tea, sarsaparilla, and dark chocolate with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a complex, long buttered black bread and pineapple chutney finish. A brawny, memorable Single Malt with a lively melange of tropical flavors; a must-try.
95 points $299.99
Aberlour Casg Annamh Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted peanuts, molasses cookies, coconut, caramel, and dark chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long lemon-rosemary, orange marmalade on scones, cherry cordial, malted milk balls, lilac, and violet finish. A brooding nose leads to a delightfully energetic palate that will delight the thoughtful Whisky drinker.
94 points $64.99
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.
Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toast with orange marmalade, green olive, snicker bar, salted pecans, honey, and lemon verbena with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish with touches of leather, nut-studded nougat, tangerine, and spiced banana cake finish. A twisting, turning Single Malt Whisky that sings on the palate; an excellent, excellent dram.
94 points $124.99
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach tea with honey, hints of saffron, leather, iced apricot danish, and white peppercorn with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toasted brioche, coconut latte, caramel-drizzled apples, whipped honey on rye crisps, and limestone finish. A finely crafted Single Malt with a hypnotic, come-hither personality
94 points $124.99
Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$599.99
Mahogany color. Aromas of smoked almonds, dark chocolate, raisins, currants, and citrus zest with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, long licorice, black peppercorns, hot cinnamon, and cumin finish. A spicy, chocolatey dram in an over-the-top style for lovers of full-bodied, full-throttle whiskies.
94 points $599.99
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.
Kavalan Distillery Select No.2 Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe starfruit, melon, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, jasmine, and pound cake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish revealing shades of leather, honey, spice cake, sesame, dried fig, and smoked tea. An unassuming nose leads to a a complex and balanced palate with a sophisticated finish that lasts and lasts.
93 points $59.99
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$65
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate wafer cookies, carob, raisins, cherry stone, and spiced shortbread with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish that exhibits nuances of roasted nuts, toffee, hints of cured meats, and herbed black olives. A deliciously complex and balanced Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with notes of dried fruits and toffee complimented by savory hints of olive and prosciutto; a must-try.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$65
Gold color. Aromas of toasted coconut, spiced rice pudding, roasted apricot, and candied orange with a round, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long dark chocolate covered almonds, clove, tobacco, raisins, mint tea, and lemon pepper finish. A bold Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with a sweet melange of spices and dried fruits.
Jameson Coopers Croze Irish Whiskey
93 points
$66
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe melon, toffee, spiced rice pudding with figs, and orange cordial with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, elegant, long finish with accents of toasted challah, marmalade, butter, and spiced honey finish. A toasty and pure Irish Whiskey with a lengthy finish; distinctively bright with unique and complex flavors.
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$69.99
Amber color. Smoky, savory aromas of mesquite-smoked cashews, iodine, baked beans, and carnitas with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length ginger-orange marmalade, biscoff cookies, flame-toasted marshmallow, and black pepper finish. A smoky, meaty Single Malt with a rich, chewy palate. A fun departure from Islay Malts, this Whisky offers meatier aromas and more restrained flavors.
93 points $69.99
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.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$79.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of raisins, dates, jasmine tea, toasted whole grain bread, turmeric, and banana chips with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length brown butter, brown sugar, whole wheat scones with honey, and sherry finish. A rich and chewy Speyside Malt with a wide range of flavors to dive into.
93 points $79.99
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$89.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of honey, pressed flowers, ripe fig, cherry glaze, and lavender shortbread with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long dried peach, ginger cake, cola, toasted hazelnut, and tea with cream finish. A satisfying Single Malt that will appeal to lovers of Scotch Whisky and American Whiskey; absolutely delicious.
93 points $89.99
Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Inviting, tropical aromas of bananas flambé, caramelized mango, tonka bean, and fine cigars with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long toffee cookies, nutmeg, roasted peanut, dark chocolate, and toasted coconut finish. A fruity and complex Single Malt that tantalizes the senses.
93 points $99.99
METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey
93 points
$100
Golden amber color. Aromas of shortbread, onion jam, toffee-covered popcorn, candied pineapple, mocha, and chai spices with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long dark chocolate, clove, chocolate dipped orange peel, roasted almonds, and dried olives finish. A rich and layered Irish Single Malt Whiskey that offers something new and delicious with each sip.
REDBREAST 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$100
Light amber color. Aromas of kettle corn, toffee-coated peanuts, herb focaccia, and fine cigars with a supple, vibrant, dry full body and a smooth, intricate, long salted Marcona almond, rich creamy caramel, dried fruit, and sesame toast finish. A complex and undulating Single Pot Still Whiskey for slow sipping.
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$119.99
Amber color. Aromas of suede, iodine, seeded whole grain bread, and cheesecake with a satiny, full body and a tingling, medium-length brioche, apple compote, roasted pineapple, and candied cashew finish. A flavorful and potent Single Malt that delivers.
93 points $119.99
Kavalan Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$119.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of alfajores, spiced raisins, worcestershire sauce, and aromatic barks with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, thought-provoking, long turmeric, stewed fruits, sherry, cola nut, pink peppercorns, and sandalwood finish. A bold, commanding Single Malt that delights the senses with dried fruit and exotic spice.
93 points $119.99
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$149.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of molasses, olorosso sherry, rum-raisin cake, cinnamon rolls, tangerine, and roast pineapple with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of pimiento, dried mango, and tropical spices. A highly enjoyable Single Malt with extroverted tropical character; delicious and intriguing when sipped neat but also a superb creative cocktail ingredient.
93 points $149.99
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.
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$599.99
Bronze color. Aromas of sultanas, medjool dates, dried tropical fruit, leather, spice cake, clove, and sweet tea with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long charred toast, ginger marmalade, sesame, yuzu, brown sugar, and dark caramel finish. A darkly toasty Single Malt Whisky with a chewy center.
93 points $599.99
Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$599.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, leather, olives, jamon iberico, and caramelized eggplant with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of sea salt, hints of lavender, and dark-toasted coconut finish. An Iberian breeze of a Single Malt; dense complexity and the savory appeal of sherry.
93 points $599.99
Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$699.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of olorosso sherry, raisins, frosted spice cake, toffee, and walnut praline with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, massive, long finish conveying accents of cracked pepper, lime leaf, and leather. A concentrated Whisky that offers an intense hedonic experience with notes of sherry and spice; for lovers of intense, over-the-top styles.
93 points $699.99
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.
Jameson Crested Irish Whiskey
92 points
$40
Gold color. Inviting aromas of lemon curd on toast, pickled ginger, peach pie with brown sugar crumble, black tea with cream, and bananas with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length golden apple, cinnamon, treacle, and honeyed biscuit finish. A cheerful and smoothly textured Blended Whiskey.
Powers Three Swallow Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$48
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of toffee, candied orange, spiced honey, and rice cakes with a round, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long creme anglaise, candy corn, candied and peppered almonds, crystalized ginger, and leather finish. A complex and bright Irish Whiskey with classic flavors that pop on the palate.
Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$59.99
Amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of sherry, buckwheat, caramelized shiitake mushroom, redskin peanuts, raisin-studded brioche, and olive oil with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length finish. An aggressively sherried Whisky with delicious nutty flavors.
92 points $59.99
Powers 12 Year Old Johns Lane Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas of ripe red apples, strawberry pastry, custard, and honey-roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, very long salted almond, sherry, candied apricots, and ginger-spiced chutney finish. A vibrant spirit with outgoing notes of fruit and nutty sherry.
Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas of salted Marcona almonds, molasses, and milk chocolate-covered raisins with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long caramel on bananas, dutch cocoa, sherry, green olives, white pepper, and honey finish. A delicious and palate-pleasing, sherry-influenced Single Pot Still whiskey that delights.
Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$65
Amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of candied walnut, golden raisins in butterscotch, dried apricot, honeyed grain, wet leaves, and sumac with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish with nuances of spice cake, licorice, nutmeg, and allspice. An earthy Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with a round and coating mouthfeel; excellent concentration of flavor.
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.
Midleton 2019 Very Rare Irish Whiskey
92 points
$197
Golden amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of toffee popcorn, caramel-drizzled nuts, buttered toast, and bruleed apple with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of Ritz crackers, honey, sarsaparilla, and candied ginger finish. A ridiculously velvety Irish Blended Whiskey with a memorable buttery finish; the gentlest of drams.
Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
92 points
$205
Gold color. Grainy aromas of porridge, maple drizzle, and toasted almonds with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk buttered toast and salted toffee finish. A super-smooth Blended Irish Whiskey with luxurious tone.
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.
Aberlour Abunadh Alba Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$90
Pale gold color. Aromas of banana chips, shaved chocolate, graham cracker, and honeysuckle with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length honey biscuit, lemon curd, yuzu-ginger marmalade, clove, and turmeric finish. A high octane Speyside Malt with a piquant, almost aperitif style; mix with club soda for a sophisticated palate-opener.
Kavalan Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$119.99
Copper color. Elegant aromas of light caramel, orange-clove, melon, ripe fig, roasted artichoke, banana, lemon, and geranium with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, long orange marmalade, ripe apricot, leather, oregano, and black peppercorns finish. A rich, fruity and elegant Single Malt Whisky that delights the imbiber with powerful notes of citrus, florals and herbs.
91 points $119.99
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.
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey
90 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas of toffee, shortbread, caramel-drizzled rice cakes, hot cross buns, and cinnamon-honey with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length candied ginger and apple pastry finish. A rock-solid Irish Whiskey with great balance and a mild, toffee-like flavor profile.
Aberlour 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$54.99
Amber color. Aromas of sweet pineapple, golden honey, ripe cherry, white pepper, tea with cream, and ginger with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long marigold, dried herbs, toasted coconut doughnut, candied almonds, and cinnamon toast finish. A rich, slightly sherried Highland Single Malt that satisfies.
90 points $54.99
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
90 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas of spiced apples, dried apricot, roasted nuts in marshmallow fluff, and dried cranberry with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length vanilla-hazelnut cream, muesli, caramel latte, and chai spices finish. A spicy Single Pot Still Whiskey with decadent creamy flavors.
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
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey
89 points
$33
Golden amber color. Aromas of lemon curd on toast, hay, lavender, thyme, peanut taffy, and mixed dried fruits with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, brisk slate, dry roasted nuts, and sea salt finish. A distinctive Irish Blended Whiskey with an herbaceous nose and lean, dry palate.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey
89 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas of honey drizzled croissant, toffee, and dried figs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long toffee, glazed nuts, salted dark chocolate, and peanut butter with honey finish. A round and assuaging Irish Whiskey that fills the palate; delicious.
Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey
89 points
$42
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of guanabana, starfruit, digestive biscuit, and banana pudding with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-long finish with nuances of honey-roasted nuts and honey bun. Attractive fruity and toasty flavors mingle in this peppery potable.
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.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$99.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered raisins, digestive biscuits, Bit-O-Honey candies, polished oak, and floral talc with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long ripe plum, dried apricot, caramel buttercream, and sweet ginger finish. An almost jammy, fruit-forward Whiskey with big appeal; makes for a distinctive highball.
89 points $99.99
King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$119.99
Medium golden amber color. Aromas of ripe apples, saffron, lime zest, toasted coconut, molasses cookies, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long sweet pineapple pastry, salted caramel on baked bananas, vanilla gelato, allspice, and nutmeg finish. A tropical, layered Whisky that flashes an impressive display of complexity upon adding water.
89 points $119.99
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
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
88 points
$46
Gold color. Aromas of coffee cake, honey butter, and caramel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long dark toasted whole grain bread, sweet roasted corn, toffee, candied walnut, and caramelized banana finish. A toasty, roasty Irish Whiskey that warms the palate.
METHOD AND MADNESS Single Grain Irish Whiskey
88 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, allspice, molasses, milk toast, Gardetto’s snack mix, and epoxy with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of roasted hazelnuts, berry preserves, and cinnamon smoke. A complex and very interesting spirit with dark notes of raisins and molasses.
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whisky
87 points
$34
Gold color. Aromas of gingerbread with hazelnut, marjoram, golden apples, and autumn leaves with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length tea with honey, glazed pears, porridge with cream, nutmeg, and candied orange peel finish. A solid Japanese Whisky with a delicate melange of flavors and an easy-drinking style for highballs and beyond.
Jameson Distillers Safe Irish Whiskey
87 points
$65
Light gold color. Aromas of almond biscotti, banana chips, fuji apple, lemon meringue, and lemongrass with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length orange chiffon cake, lavender, and honey finish. A silky and distinctive Irish Whiskey with a lingering finish of lavender and honey; atypically light and aperitif-like.
Jameson Blenders Dog Irish Whiskey
87 points
$71
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, lemon shortbread, and vanilla cream with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk finish with suggestions of chocolate-peanut butter snack mix and toasted oats. A mild and nutty Irish Whiskey for refreshing highballs.
Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt Whisky
86 points
$59.99
Gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of bubble gum, spumoni, orange sherbet, and candied citrus with a crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish evoking notes of frosted peach pastry, pineapple smoothie, french burnt peanuts, and suede. An outgoing, flavor-packed Single Malt Whisky with a sweet and confected vibe; one-of-a-kind.
86 points $59.99
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
Brenne 10 Year Single Malt Whisky
84 points
$99.99
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of onion blossom, dill, lemon-lime, parchment, Murphy’s wood soap, vanilla syrup, and pecan with an oily, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, short-to-medium finish displaying shades of puffed rice and cola. A mild-mannered Whisky for long drinks and creative cocktailing.
84 points $99.99
King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky
84 points
$139.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of yuzu, caramelized pineapple, honey, apricot, and green tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish displaying notes of fresh herbs and sweet corn. A distinctive tropical Single Malt with intense flavors for the curious.
84 points $139.99
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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