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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 Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
99 points
$224.99
Bronze color. Savory, sweet aromas and flavors of butter sautéed marcona almonds, schmaltz and duck fat sweet potato fries, warm chocolate nut fudge, and caramelized bacon and forest mushrooms finished with shoyu with a chewy, tangy, off-dry full body and a warming, very complex, endless finish that exhibits accents of mint, spiced fruits, pepper, and minerals. A colossus of a Whisky that delivers seemingly endless waves of flavor and evolves with every sip.
Awards: 2021 Best Single Malt Whisky
99 points $224.99
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
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$469.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh creamy caramels, plump castelvetrano olives, madeira cake, roasted banana, soy sauce, and fine herbs with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a warming, very complex, very long finish. An absurdly delicious Single Malt Whisky with an awesome symphony of umami flavors; holds its ABV well and absolutely delights the palate.
97 points $469.99
Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$599.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of halvah, honey, raisins, and cola with a velvety, crisp, dryish full body and a hot, elaborate, endless finish with overtones of orris root and licorice. A dense and brooding Whisky that packs unprecedented volumes of palatal hedonic bliss.
97 points $599.99
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
96 points
$208
Golden amber color. Woody aromas and flavors of dried figs, spiced chocolate, toasted almonds, thyme, and oak with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish with notes of vanilla-caramels, grilled peach, and apple crumble. An oak-centric Irish Blended Whiskey with power and potency.
Awards: 2021 Best Irish Blended Whiskey
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$257.99
Dark amber color. Unusual, complex aromas of chestnut, black plantains, jasmine, jamon iberico, black olives, and cola with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a hot, colossal, very long fine espresso, fresh cream, hazelnuts on swiss meringue, and licorice finish. An exemplary Single Malt that bestows the palate with generous junctures of intense and balanced flavors.
96 points $257.99
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$260
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, flan and nougat, and spiced nuts in a cedar bowl with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a layered, very long finish revealing suggestions of dried tropical fruits, rich brown and peppery spices, granola with vanilla cream, and BBQ rub. A most-deserving Single Pot Still whiskey that delivers deliciousness with every sip.
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$299.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of brown sugar, tar and roses, honey, cola, plump olives, and sweet tea with a fat body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with accents of caramelized white chocolate, dark roasted brazil nut, and toasted sesame. A symphonous, joyous Single Malt that provides textural precision and deep gratifying flavors akin to Barolo.
96 points $299.99
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 Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$599.99
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of raisin chutney, malted chocolate bar, and anise cookie and gingerbread with a chewy, vibrant, fruity fat body and a peppery, interesting, long finish with accents of chocolate cherries and peaches, rich baking spices, sticky toffee pudding, and peppercorns. A bold, warming Sherry influence makes this a dark contemplative sipper.
96 points $599.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of bananas foster, Grand Marnier, black tea, and brazil nut with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, distinctive, very long salted caramel, roasted marshmallow, and caramelized white chocolate finish. This bourbon-lover’s Single Malt will entice most any American Whiskey drinker to the delights of Taiwanese Whisky.
95 points $69.99
Aberlour ABunadh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted corn, butterscotch, ripe red fruit, fresh cruller, marzipan, and roasted pecan with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, layered, long finish. A bourbon-lover’s Speyside Single Malt with a Sherry flair; rich, undulating, chewy flavors abound.
Awards: 2021 Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$159.99
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, sandalwood, gingerbread, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of caramel latte. A voluptuous, flavor-packed Single Malt Whisky with caramel-y appeal.
95 points $159.99
Aberlour Casg Annamh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64
Amber color. Fruity aromas of fruit cake, napoleon pastry, candied cherries, crystallized orange peel, and plums with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length hints of pumpkin pie, tea with honey, shortcake, and panna cotta finish. A bold and fruity Single Malt with a plush and rounded texture.
Powers Johns Lane 12 Year Old Single Pot Still  Irish Whiskey
94 points
$65
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dried stone fruits and apple pie filling, fruit punch, frosted cereal, and raisin soda bread with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish revealing notes of ginger-fig cookie, minerals and copper, and anise and spice. An artful dance of bright fruit and dry minerals makes this an interesting and worthy sipper.
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.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
94 points
$117
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chai latte, red apple, butterscotch pot de creme, chocolate-covered toffee, tobacco, and roasted peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish. A nutty and palate-pacifying Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that delivers.
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
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$599.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of madeira cake, brown sugar, salted nuts, dulce de leche, brazil nut, roast coffee, and jamon iberico with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an elegant, very long finish manifesting nuances of molasses, chicory and black licorice. A nutty, spicy and satisfying Single Malt Whisky.
94 points $599.99
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey
93 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted honey cake, orange glaze, coconut cream, and leather with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length walnut creme, banana bread, mixed peppercorns, and Chinese 5-spice finish. A rich and spicy Irish Whiskey that satisfies.
Powers Three Swallow Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$45
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted pecans and cashews, dried berries, banana custard, and ginger-orange marmalade with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and an even, subtle, long custardy mango, toasted challah, hints of sesame, and honey finish. A delight of a Single Pot Still Whiskey with bold complexity and memorable style.
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.
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$69.99
Gold color. Aromas of buttered banana bread, roasted pineapple, cherries, and almond biscotti with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long kiwi, green pepper, and honey finish. A buoyant and cheerful Whisky with joyous flavors.
93 points $69.99
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.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$79
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of peanuts in caramel, milk chocolate, nougat, buckwheat, and plum pie with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of salted toffee cookies, cafe latte, and citrus zest. With its deep and mature palate, this Single Malt makes a lovely nightcap or cigar companion.
Method And Madness Irish Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$84
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered scone, challah, toasted pecan, grilled apples, and oats with brown sugar and cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, gigantic, very long finish revealing notes of currant buns, cardamom-dusted peach, black tea, chocolate, and tonka bean. An absolute delight of an Irish Single Malt with never-ending flavors of yeasty buns, sweet fruits, and brown sugar; a resounding "Delicious!" from the panel for this exceptional spirit.
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.
Aberlour ABunadh Alba Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$90
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot tart, caramelized tropical fruits, honey-vanilla, rose water, dried heather, and cardamom with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of butterscotch and roasted apples. Delicate, seamless aromatics morph to palate-pleasing flavors in this rock-solid Speyside malt.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$92.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of green apple and caramel sauce with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length cinnamon pastry, flapjacks, and maple syrup finish. Bold orchard fruit and caramel dominate this potent Single Malt.
93 points $92.99
Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$97
Gold color. Aromas of fresh croissants, honey glaze, and cardamom bun with a velvety, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long black licorice, roasted pecans, toasted sesame, shortbread, and toffee finish. A toasty, fresh-baked treat of an Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey.
Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of fruit cake drizzled with honey, pear nectar, and dried apricot with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long finish displaying accents of green tea, grilled bread, chocolate with roasted almonds, and roasted hazelnuts. A beautifully balanced Whisky that delights the palate; notes of fruit, roasted nuts and chocolate blend to form a delicious spirit that’s at once chewy and velvety.
93 points $99.99
Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$124
Amber color. Aromas of toffee, milk chocolate, nut butter, shortbread, and pepper with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long caramel, hints of ginger marmalade, butterscotch pudding, and roasted hazelnuts finish. A fuller-bodied Speyside Single Malt with rich caramelized flavors that won’t let you down.
King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$128.99
Amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of candied cranberry, raisin, toffee, tomate de arbol, seville orange, and coconut milk with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long finish with impressions of honey, cured meats, hazelnut creme, and tangerine. A tantalizing melange of rich ruby-colored fruits, decadent caramelized flavors and tropical coconut.
93 points $128.99
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
Midleton Very Rare 2021 Irish Whiskey
93 points
$585
Golden amber color. Aromas of cream of wheat, dried fruit, mixed fruit jam, and lemon custard with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length grilled corn, buttered biscuit, and peppercorn muffin finish. A chewy and slightly smoky Irish Whiskey sipper.
Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$699.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, dried blueberry and huckleberry, maple sugar and manuka honey, and date soda bread with a velvety, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, endless finish that shows notes of orange marmalade, Raisinets, malted chocolate, and rich spices. A mammoth Whisky bursting with fruit, spice, and cascading waves of chocolatey confection.
93 points $699.99
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
Jameson Crested Irish Whiskey
92 points
$39
Golden amber color. Aromas of orange marmalade, toffee, and hints of pineapple upside down cake with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, snappy green peppercorn, dried figs, and banana finish. A zesty Irish Whiskey that checks all the boxes.
Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$54
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red apple, caramel latte, toasted oats, candied ginger, vanilla bean, and brown sugar-sprinkled shortbread with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that presents impressions of hints of chocolate and butterscotch cookie. A delectable, easy-to-love Single Malt with palate-pleasing barrel character.
Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of molasses cookie, dates, bright olives, chamomile tea, and butter-poached apple with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long salted caramel and roasted nuts finish. A tasty Single Malt with palate-pleasing tannins.
92 points $59.99
Kavalan Distillery Select No.2 Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, mango yogurt, kiwi, bourbon barrel, and leather with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish conveying notes of dried apricot, sherry, and coconut. A tropical, aperitif-style Whisky with layers and layers of flavor.
92 points $59.99
Bushmills 10 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
92 points
$60
Light gold color. Aromas of heather, honey, white pepper, and coffee cake with a round, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, very long chocolate mousse, slivered almonds, hints of charcuterie, and brown sugar finish. A delicate and elegant Irish Single Malt with an exceptionally smooth texture and precise balance.
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.
Method And Madness Irish Single Grain Whiskey
92 points
$61
Golden amber color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of apple pie, cedar, Milky Way bar, and almond skin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish imparting notes of cream of wheat with maple syrup, apple pie a la mode, creme brulée, and peppered nuts. A vibrant, fruity dram that is delicious on its own and will mix brilliantly.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$62
Gold color. Aromas of lemon marmalade, toasted almonds, golden apples, and honey on melons with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long dried figs, chocolate chips, toffee, and tea with cream finish. A rock-solid Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that’s light on its feet but lengthy on the palate.
Redbreast Lustau Edition Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
92 points
$65
Gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of honey roasted cereal, cheese focaccia with herb butter, and caramel rice cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of honey buttered biscuit, sweet and peppery spices, wet limestone, and tobacco leaf. A delightful and engaging mix of grain, fruit, spice, herbs and minerality make this a natural choice for cigars.
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.
Redbreast 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$98
Golden amber color. Aromas of milk chocolate with almonds, nutty sherry, charred toast, dried apricots, and leather with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length arugula, Marmite on brioche, espresso, minerals, and peanut marzipan finish. A bold and chewy Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey.
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
Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$150
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of leather, sherry, marcona almonds, dark chocolate, and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish that exhibits elements of ground cinnamon, allspice, ginger cakes, mint, and clove. A complex and brooding Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that explodes on the palate with a symphony of spices.
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
Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
92 points
$227
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate with almonds, parchment, and brown sugar on oatmeal with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of silky caramel. A creamy, velvety Irish Whiskey that’s a no-brainer for sipping.
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.
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
91 points
$52
Golden amber color. Fresh aromas of salted caramel, lemon curd, sweet apple compote, and pear tart with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, elegant, long black tea and whipped cream finish. A round and palate-pacifying Single Pot Still Whiskey; beautifully balanced.
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.
Kavalan Solist Madeira Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$299.99
Amber color. Aromas of ripe banana, marzipan, pistachio gelato, vanilla bean, and pecan praline with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, subtle, very long fruit leather, caramel latte, sarsaparilla, and roasted fennel with honey vinaigrette finish. A decadent, somewhat meandering Single Malt Whisky that hits each hedonic stop on the flavor train.
91 points $299.99
The Sexton Irish Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of oatmeal cookies, candied cherries, sweet ginger cake with orange marmalade, and sultanas with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of toffee, dates, rose water, biscuits with honey, and clove. A rich and nuanced Irish Single Malt with a lengthy finish.
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey
90 points
$32
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple, fondant, soft bread, and banana candies with a supple, bright, dryish thin body and a graceful, brisk finish manifesting impressions of sea spray. A mild and fruity Irish Whiskey that serves as a nice intro to the category.
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.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas of roasted chestnut, honey pastry, and kettle corn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long maple syrup, vanilla bean, coconut custard, and starfruit finish. A mouthwatering combination of flavors that won’t soon be forgotten.
90 points $99.99
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
The Busker Single Malt Irish Whiskey
89 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas of soda bread, wild cherries, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long chocolate covered graham cracker, forest floor, peppered olives, and dried fruits finish. A robust and mature Irish Single Malt with waves of complex flavors.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Blended Whiskey
89 points
$35
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of gingerbread, candied cherries, caraway-rye, vanilla latte, and lilac with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish revealing touches of fresh dill, honey-roasted nuts, toffee with chocolate, roasted pecans, and violets. A rye-like Irish Whiskey that offers a spicy bridge for American and Irish whiskey drinkers.
Powers Gold Label Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$39
Gold color. Aromas of sultanas, Charleston Chew, and buttered toast with honey with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long chewy caramels, digestive biscuit, peppercorns, and tapioca pudding finish. A mild and creamy Single Pot Still Whiskey.
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$128.99
Amber color. Complex aromas of roasted pineapple, aromatic barks, cola nut, Hawaiian rolls, and hazelnut creme with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long yuzu, sandalwood, tropical smoothie, salted toffee, and hints of charcuterie finish. A bright and fruity Single Malt with wide appeal.
89 points $128.99
Jameson Cold Brew Flavored Irish Whiskey
88 points
$33
Brown color. Aromas and flavors of black coffee, hints of orange zest, cream of wheat, and caramel sauce with a lean, soft, dry light body and a medium-length finish. A dry and roasty Flavored Whiskey to amp up your Irish coffee.
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.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$38
Golden amber color. Aromas of candied fruits, cinnamon rolls, apricots in syrup, and white chocolate-covered toffee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length graham cracker, hints of licorice, toasted tea leaves, and ginger-orange marmalade finish. A concentrated, fruity Irish Whiskey with a complex bouquet of aromatics.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
88 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas of biscuit dough and cream of wheat with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy fresh cream and gingersnap cookies finish. A simple Irish Blended Whiskey that delivers.
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.
Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$299.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of black tea, melon, nori, and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long cardamom, caramel cookies, and rose water finish. A distinctive Single Malt Whisky for those seeking something new and different.
88 points $299.99
The Busker Single Grain Irish Whiskey
87 points
$29
Pale gold color. Aromas of peach pie, kasha, yeasty buns, and lemon pepper with a soft, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length steal cut oats and copper finish. A lean and dry Single Grain Whiskey with a nice sense of purity.
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
Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt French Whisky
86 points
$59
Light gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of spumoni, candied peach, watermelon, circus peanuts, and bubble gum with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish. A light and candied Whisky with bright fruity flavors; a distinctive take on Single Malt Whisky for cocktails and beyond.
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.
Brenne 10 Year Old Single Malt French Whisky
84 points
$99
Straw color. Aromas of hints of candied pineapple, Juicy Fruit gum, and green banana with a supple, soft, fruity thin body and a polished, unique, swift parchment, peach-mango smoothie, and apple candies finish. A perception-changing Whisky packed with candied flavors.
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