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July 2021 - World Whiskey

July 2021 - World Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is World Whiskey

World Whiskey Reviews

Redbreast 27 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
100 points
$585
Amber color. Aromas of candied lemon and ginger, echinacea, toasted caraway seed, caponata, and sarsaparilla with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, very complex, endless cola, eucalyptus, Chinese 5-spice, exotic woods, and creme brulée finish. The stylish, brooding Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that will surely be unforgettable for the Whiskey connoisseur; a dapper extrovert that engulfs the senses.
Awards: 2021 Best Whiskey
Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang French Wine Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
98 points
$159.99
Copper color. Spicy aromas and flavors of molasses cookie, pumpkin loaf, cola, and chai latte with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of tropical tea, grapefruit, and fruit and nut press. A distinctively tropical Single Malt with endlessly satisfying complexity.
98 points $159.99
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Tree 03 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$356
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted almonds, basque cake, thyme, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, very long finish that shows impressions of leather, brown sugar, black tea, orange peel, and black licorice. A rich and sophisticated Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that sets the standard for the category.
Kavalan Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$119.99
Dark amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of roasted peach, pound cake, marzipan, brown sugar, and black tea with a velvety, bright, dryish full body and a warming, thought-provoking, endless finish with elements of dates, hints of white flowers, dark chocolate, and aniseed. A deliciously integrated, velvety Whisky with an evolving and endlessly satisfying finish.
95 points $119.99
Jameson Coopers Croze Irish Whiskey
94 points
$71
Gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of pistachio creme, banana pudding, caramel, and earl grey tea with a round, crisp, dryish full body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of crushed nuts in toffee and maple. An ultra-smooth, luxuriously aromatic Irish Blended Whiskey that delivers.
Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$74
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of praline, delicately smoky embers, butter pecan gelato, and meadow blossoms with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish with overtones of frosted vanilla cake with mango-pineapple compote, rich brown spices, minerals, and cedar. A wonderfully poised and delicately peaty Single Malt destined to provide plentiful pleasure in your glass.
Kavalan Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$119.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, carob, salted cajeta, marcona almond, dark berry jam, dill, and molasses with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long finish with suggestions of ripe plum and nut butter. Intense caramelized flavors enthrall the palate while nuances of dark juicy fruits offer complexity and distinction.
94 points $119.99
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$128.99
Gold color. Inviting aromas of warm sesame bun, juicy plum, roasted peach, caramel, and sea salt with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, very complex, long ripe kiwi, dark chocolate with roasted almonds, carob, and black licorice finish. An unwavering Single Malt that delivers power, length and an elegantly tropical vibe.
94 points $128.99
Amrut Classic Single Malt Indian Whisky
93 points
$57
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter and banana meringue pie, suede and cedar dust, sautéed almonds, and soy soaked dates with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, very long finish evoking notes of toffee, black licorice, pecan pie a la mode, and saddle leather. A superb Single Malt with gobs of delicious fruit and savory oak notes.
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$78
Light gold color. Aromas of banana pudding, almond croissant, and carob with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long pipe tobacco, black tea with lemon, toasted scones, allspice, and nutmeg finish. A lighthearted yet chewy Single Malt with a very dry sensibility.
Stauning Floor Malted Rye Whisky
93 points
$85
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake with nuts, raisin bran, grass sod and hay stack, and leather bound books with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, long finish with notes of frosted shredded wheat and rye cereal with chestnut honey, vanilla spice peach cake, and pink pepper. A deftly crafted Malted Rye that has lots of flavor and range to offer.
Glen Grant 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$134
Gold color. Sweet aromas of peeled oranges, bananas, pear custard, and French toast with a supple, bright, dry light body and a medium-long spiced tea and toast finish. A pure and poignant Speyside Malt.
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$153.99
Amber color. Aromas of candied almonds, sorghum, soy, spice cake, and chestnut honey with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long chocolate biscuit, flan, and brazil nuts finish. A nutty, sherried Whisky for fans of the style.
93 points $153.99
Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of tea with cream, vanilla, sweet apples, marmalade, tea biscuits, and whipped honey with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of white pepper and cream. A creamy and assuaging Irish Whiskey that nails the style.
92 points $24 Best Buy
The Busker Blended Irish Whiskey
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of toasted almonds, hazelnut latte, yeasty buns, salted toffee, and hints of madeira wine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length grilled brioche, lemon marmalade, and caramel finish. A toasty, smoky Irish Whiskey with a smooth-sipping palate.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Spirit of HVEN MerCurious Corn Whisky
92 points
$60
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn blossom and pudding, buttery caramelized nuts and corn, perfume, leather, and apple vinaigrette with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish that shows impressions of caramelized polenta, peppery spice, and herbal tea. A playful, nuanced Corn Whisky that will be fun in cocktails.
Coperies French Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas of rich biscuit, nutty wheat germ, roasted peach on toasted oats, hints of molasses, and honeyed raisins with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long cultured butter on crusty sourdough baguette, condensed milk, and honey-wheat scone finish. A rich and chewy Single Malt with great length and a stylish, grain-centric body.
Jameson Blenders Dog Irish Whiskey
92 points
$71
Gold color. Complex aromas and flavors of roasted almonds, fine black tea, hints of espresso, coconut, leather, and dried lime with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, complex, long finish with accents of smoke, ginger, and anise biscotti. A stylish Irish Blended Whiskey that offers mature aromas and subtle smokiness.
Stauning Smoke Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$105
Gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of whole grain bread dough, roasted sesame, cedar, arugula, incense, and wet barrel with a round, crisp, medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying accents of green peppercorns. A young, zesty Whisky with a flashy, oaky style.
King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$139.99
Dark amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of sesame brittle, hints of olives, darkest chocolate, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits touches of caramel, starfruit, ripe peach, and spiced honey. A bold and distinctive sensory journey for flavor-seekers.
92 points $139.99
Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$159.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sunflower butter, honey graham cracker, dates, soy, and german chocolate cake with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a hot, complex, very long finish with notes of chestnut honey, sticky toffee pudding, clove, leather, and grilled apples. A robust, savory Single Malt that marches to the beat of its own drum.
92 points $159.99
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
91 points
$24
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of sweet corn bread, spiced rice pudding, caramel, and apricots with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with shades of white flowers, pink peppercorns, hints of herbal tea, and honey-sesame. A distinctive, light-but-lingering Irish Blended Whiskey with a peppery finish.
91 points $24 Best Buy
The Busker Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
91 points
$29
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered sourdough with fresh berry jam, dried thyme, earl grey tea, hints of kalamata olive, and alfajores cookies with sesame with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, endless finish displaying accents of cinnamon cheesecake, shortbread, and apricot chutney. A Whiskey of delectable power, length and grace; this is the way to the Irish Whiskey-lover’s heart.
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$46
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of nutmeg-dusted strawberry custard, caramelized passionfruit, candied lemon peel, toasty croissant, and white pepper with a velvety, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long finish that shows nuances of sarsaparilla, anisette cookie, and rum-raisin pudding. A supple, creamy, spice-laden Speyside Malt that satisfies.
Tenjaku Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
91 points
$70
Pale gold color. Aromas of fresh grain, banana bread with raisins, toasted walnuts, and honey-drizzled pears with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long melon, smoked peppercorns, pimiento, marinated mushrooms, and banana nougat finish. A shape-shifting Whisky that offers a charming and delicate nose followed by a swift and assertive rush of piquant flavor on the palate.
Waterford Single Farm Origin: Dunmore Edition 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$95
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of tea with honey and lemon, warm biscuits, toasted fruit cake, jasmine, and baklava with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a warming, complex, very long finish that exhibits notes of hazelnut cream. A light-on-its-feet Whiskey with vivid flavor and luxurious texture.
John Barr Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of charred toast, dates, grilled corn, and hints of flamed orange with a lean, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that presents notes of caraway rye and minerals. A hearty, smoky Blended Scotch for mixing.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Copper Dog Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$37
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of digestive biscuit, lilac, honey, and ripe stone fruit with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length finish with overtones of mixed roasted nuts. A nutty and satisfying Scotch Whisky that could be a great weeknight standard.
Waterford Single Farm Origin: Rathclogh Edition 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whiskey
88 points
$95
Pale gold color. Aromas of corn cakes, sticky toffee pudding, hints of black tea, and tropical fruit with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long sarsaparilla, vanilla, hints of candied violet, and ginger finish. A robust and sturdy Irish Single Malt with delicate nuances of vanilla and florals.
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whiskey
87 points
$34
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of rice candies, orange blossom, raisin toast, and kiwi-banana yogurt with a lean, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with accents of honey, sliced pear, minerals, and clove. An ethereal Japanese Blended Whisky with delicate fruit and mineral characters.
Jameson Distillers Safe Irish Whiskey
87 points
$65
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana bread batter, creamy caramels, thyme, beeswax, and birch beer with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish. A fruity, creamy, easy-drinking Irish Whiskey for cocktails and shooters.
Waterford Single Farm Origin: Dunbell Edition 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$95
Pale gold color. Aromas of oatmeal cookies, fig bar, carob, and almonds with a supple, soft, dry light body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length nougat and milk chocolate finish. An agreeable Irish Single Malt for anytime sippping.
Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Puncheon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
87 points
$159.99
Mahogany color. Aromas of brown butter, brown sugar, toasted coconut, and black walnut with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a hot, interesting, brisk caramelized pineapple, wood, carob, tea leaves, and cacao nib finish. A mature Whisky that’s been allowed the freedom to become one with the cask.
87 points $159.99
Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Virgin Oak Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
87 points
$159.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of coconut, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a hot, captivating, breezy finish that exhibits accents of sweet oak, leather, molasses, toffee-covered nuts, and dried pineapple. Rich flavors abound on the palate preceded by a spiritous nose for heat-seekers.
87 points $159.99
Stauning Kaos Triple Malt Whisky
85 points
$95
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty crepes, sourdough, custard tart, nori, and raisins with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy finish that exhibits elements of freshly sawn wood and incense. A smoky Blended Malt with a chewy personality.
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