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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.
Winchester Double Oak 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 decadent 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.
Quarter Horse Reserve 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.
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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