July 2022 - World Whiskey

July 2022 - World Whiskey
This month's Spirits feature is World Whiskey

World Whiskey Reviews

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Kylebeg Wood Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
98 points
$350
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cassis and tart red cherry, baklava, pistachio cream, and canelé with a glycerous, fat body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with accents of apple pastry, grape seed oil, and leather. A powerful yet graceful and flavorful Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that has a spicy, high-octane mouthfeel without overwhelming the palate.
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$159.99
Clear golden amber color. Baked, citrusy, jammy, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of spiced peach jam, dates in vanilla cream, and apple and honey mead with nutmeg with a round, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of peanut brittle, lilac, and tobacco. A distinguished, complex and fruit-forward Taiwanese Whisky with apple and pear aromas balancing out the grains.
97 points $159.99
Redbreast 27 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Batch 2
97 points
$599
Clear golden amber color. Toasty, fruity, baked, attractive aromas and flavors of apple, nutmeg, and marzipan, peach, prunes, and dried red berries, lemongrass and orange blossom honey, and spiced tea with a round, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of candied oranges, molasses and caramel corn, spearmint, and mesquite. Inviting balance of sweet and spicy with some serious age, layers of contemplative flavors make this a true Whiskey drinker’s dram.
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$89.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of polished saddle leather, roasted hazelnuts drizzled in dark cocoa, grilled cedar planks, and goji berries with a satiny, bone-dry full body and a hot, very complex, very long finish that shows notes of nutella melting on a vinyl pool toy, and in the best possible way, mole sauce, and lavender honey on brioche. A smoky, salty, and just plain beautiful savory sipper.
96 points $89.99
Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$90
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied raspberry and strawberry, cinnamon and brown sugar pecans, cinnamon roll, and tangerine marmalade with a fat body and a very long finish manifesting accents of cherry preserves, dark cocoa, teriyaki jerky, and caramel and nougat. A rich powerhouse of a Whiskey that deserves attention and absolutely delivers with waves of fruity and spicy flavors.
Bimber Single Malt London Whisky Batch 3
96 points
$121
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of tarragon, chinese five spice, miso soup, and sandalwood with a fat body and a very long finish with touches of sultana dates, tangerine, apricot and white peach, caramel and honey, and butterscotch. A big and beautiful Whisky with a savory nose and fresh fruit on the palate.
Knappogue Castle 21 Year Old Exclusive Cask Vatting Single Malt Irish Whiskey
96 points
$212
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, cantaloupe, and mango, lemon, green apple, and phyllo dough, pickled ginger, banana bread, and and candied bacon with a fat body and a very long finish with notes of cooked mango rolled in walnut, grilled peaches, cinnamon roll, and banana bread. An incredible example of Irish Whiskey; lush and balanced flavors, extraordinarily well done.
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$230
Clear golden amber color. Baked, phenolic, boozy aromas and flavors of apple and orange marmalade, graham cracker and nutmeg, and almond sugar cookie with a satiny, flat, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of malted milk balls, sassafras root, and dried red fruit in pineapple sorbet. Pastry dough and dried fruits only hint at the age and complexity of this seriously delicious sipper.
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$257.99
Clear garnet color. Umami, baked aromas and flavors of baking spices and dried fruit medlee, olive and salted almonds, bananas foster and butter cream, and asphalt with a satiny, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with elements of barrel char, dried red fruit with pronounced cherry, and chocolate and marzipan. This Whisky wakes up every flavor receptor and will be a striking pairing with a dessert cheese course.
96 points $257.99
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Blended Whiskey
96 points
$277
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of french oak with mocha and espresso bean, clove and nutmeg, oatmeal cookie, and salted caramel with a round, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, very long finish with touches of cinnamon, chinese five spice, and rancio. A bold and spicy Whiskey to pair with any momentous occasion or your favorite cigar.
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$288
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of blanched almond and sea spray, amontillado and a bite of jamon, brioche and marzipan, and dried apricot with a round, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with impressions of sun dried white grapes, orange blossom honey, cinnamon stick, and vanilla. A focused Whiskey with sweet and sunny flavors with hints of sea salt; would make a lovely pairing with oysters.
Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$599.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of clove, nutmeg, and mace in mocha ice cream, sweet pipe tobacco, stewed red fruits, and dutch apple pancake with coffee in the batter with a thick, bright, dry fat body and a warming, very complex, long finish with accents of cherry wood smoked brisket, padron maduro 1945 anniversario, bananas foster with loads of nutmeg and clove, and burned vanilla bean. A Whisky rich in rounded mocha notes and hints of savory meats laden with loads of ripe fruit that would pair excellently with a cigar.
96 points $599.99
Kavalan Distillery Select No. 2 Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$59.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of clover honey, lemongrass, chinese five spice, and pecan pie and honied nuts with a velvety, vibrant, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a very long finish manifesting notes of orange confit and nougat, anise and clove, vanilla and caramel, and ginger candy. A sweet, spicy, and floral Single Malt with layers of complexity that is just delicious.
95 points $59.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$89.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried and oxidized fruit, christmas cake, herbs de provence and lavender honey, and almond cookie with a fat body and a very long finish with notes of dried pineapple blossoms and mango, clove and nutmeg, and cranberry and oranges in chocolate. A truly incredible barrel strength Single Malt that is complex and roasty, yet remains floral.
95 points $89.99
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
95 points
$92
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of hot beeswax, and lavender honey, honeycomb cereal, candied green apple, baked pear, and orange preserves on baked brie, lemon tea, chai tea, and and anise with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish revealing nuances of orange marmalade on toasted whole grain bread, garden herb and chive cheese umami, and red apple. A benchmark example of Irish Whiskey and the tremendous class of the pot still category.
Aberlour ABunadh Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of oloroso sherry, tropical fruits, and cinnamon, figs and dates with roasted pecan and walnut, potpourri, and savory notes of salted garlic with a round, vibrant, dry full body and a very long finish displaying nuances of leather and sweet tobacco, caramel creme, cocoa nibs and hazelnut, and dried black cherries. A mature, rich, and opulent Speyside Single Malt with full-bodied intensity to sip after dinner and possibly with a cigar.
Bimber 12 Year Aged Apogee XII Pure Malt English Whisky
95 points
$104
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut hay and cedar shingles, candied lemon peel, peanut shells, and pilsner malt at the brewery with a fat body and a very long finish displaying notes of lemongrass, bay leaves, wood smoke, and baked pineapple. A world-class Whisky that will keep those kilted cousins on notice.
Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
95 points
$150
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of figs, dates, and buttered honey cookies, dried berries, dried red flower potpourri, toffee, christmas cake, black tea, and chinese five spice with an oily, lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with notes of red fruit, barrel spices and orange peel, and toffee maple syrup. A delicious Whiskey using excellent casks; sip all day or make a very fine highball.
Midleton Very Rare 2022 Irish Blended Whiskey
95 points
$226
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch, caramel apple and cinnamon bun, touch of pepper, and brioche with a vibrant, medium body and a very long finish revealing accents of caramel covered granny smith apple, crushed peanuts and dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, and nougat. A warming Irish Blended Whiskey that has a wonderful nose and a complex, peppery palate.
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$469.99
Brown color. Aromas and flavors of hot sesame oil and pickled ginger, dates, figs, and brandied cherries rolled in baking spices, caramelized plantain and vanilla creme, and cigar box and all spice with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium-full body and a peppery, compelling, breezy finish with accents of sesame and brown sugar, savory black tea, and toasted oats. A lush Taiwanese Whisky tasting of red and tropical dried fruits brewed in a savory black tea.
95 points $469.99
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$599.99
Clear bronze color. Roasted aromas of lemon, baking spice, and orgeat syrup, cocoa nibs and maduro tobacco, and chocolate covered raisins with a syrupy, flat, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, medium-long coffee grounds, chocolate covered orange, black tea, and roasted almonds finish. Rich and nutty with notes of lingering dried fruits, this is a crowd pleasing dessert Whisky.
95 points $599.99
Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$599.99
Clear garnet color. Toasty, baked, boozy aromas and flavors of red apple dipped in salted caramel, fig, toast, and orange zest, and vanilla cupcake and berry jam with an oily, flat, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, layered, medium-long finish with accents of toasted coconut, dark chocolate covered roasted almond, and cola and dried berries. A high proof, flavorful stunner that caters to a fortified wine lover.
95 points $599.99
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Blended Whiskey
94 points
$31
Clear gold color. Chemical, fruity, toasty, overripe aromas and flavors of malty, barrel spice, and a touch of sherry influence, dried red fruit, red apple, vanilla, and cocoa, and wet grass and earth with a satiny, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of black tea, dried dates and figs, bitter toffee and raisin bran, and fresh cut grass. A proper benchmark Irish Whiskey with subtle notes of vanilla bean and fresh cut grass.
Timah Double Peated Blended Whisky
94 points
$50
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd and peat smoke, sourdough, grass clippings, and linen with a glycerous, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish displaying notes of honied malt, vanilla, and almond cookie and sugar cookie. A delicious peat-forward Whisky that is stellar on its own or in a complex cocktail.
Powers Three Swallow Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
$53
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of white grape, fruit infused salted caramel, dates, and caramel and cinnamon brioche with a full body and a long finish manifesting overtones of cooked fruit wrapped in pastry dough, candied pecans, roasted plantains, and maple cookies. Tasting of brioche, brown sugar, and bananas, this Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey leaves you wanting more and thinking you can convert your bourbon drinking friends.
Bushmills 12 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$59
Gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of strawberry syrup, vanilla cream, and shortcake, oatmeal cookie, and banana bread with a round, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a seamless, involved, medium-long finish with suggestions of peaches and cream, lemon creme brulee, peanut oil, and sweet tobacco. A fruit and grain balanced Irish Single Malt with vanilla and spice from the oak that could be sipped all day, but with complexity such that it deserves to be savored.
Aberlour Casg Annamh Triple Cask Matured Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana, toffee, and maple syrup on pancakes, molasses, and butterscotch with a round, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a long finish with notes of pepper and toasted oak, balsamic and dried leaves, oolong tea, and black current. A delicious, lightly smoked Scotch Whisky that caresses the palate and smells like it was distilled in a bygone era.
Amrut Bagheera Indian Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of malted barley and grass, vanilla and sweet wine cask, figs and dates, and linen with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, subtle, medium-long finish displaying notes of butterscotch and dried red fruits, roasted mixed nuts, red rice, and mesquite honey. A delightful Indian Whiskey with beautiful fruit, grain, light peat and barrel aromas to savor all day.
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
$70
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple and honey, unmalted barley and dry hay, lime zest, ginger and nerds candies, and citrus and juniper with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that presents nuances of peach, apricot and berries, cantaloupe, cardamon, and toasted walnut. A gorgeous, luscious fruit-forward Whiskey with an all day long texture and mouth-coating flavors that linger on the palate.
Green Spot Chateau Montelena Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
$80
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cassis and cinnamon bark, dried red apple and poached pears, hazelnut and marzipan, and red plum and cacao with a round, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, very complex, long finish conveying nuances of leather and stewed fruits, ligero tobacco and espresso bean, pepper and baking spice, and croissant. A warming and charming irish Whiskey that brings delightful spicy pot still character to the party.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$84
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dates and apple cinnamon pastry, ripe pear slices on a walnut and arugula salad tossed in a honey and balsamic vinaigrette, toasted almond, and chai tea with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish evoking notes of raisins, toasted almonds and pecan, and fresh cut grass. A classic, lovely Whisky with excellent Sherry cask influence; serve with poached salmon topped with honeyed walnuts and some green apple for acidity.
Aberlour ABunadh Alba Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$89
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of coriander, clove, nutmeg, and ginger, mace and rosemary, grilled pine and cedar planks, and lemon pound cake with vanilla frosting with an oily, lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish evoking nuances of banana, butterscotch, lemon verbena, and mint. A delightfully complex spice bomb with citrus brightness that makes this a perfect summer sipping Scotch.
Morris Rutherglen Muscat Barrel Finished Australian Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$90
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of polished oak and leather furniture, honeyed figs rolled in sugar and baking spices, pistachio and clove, and tim tam cookie with a round, crisp, dry medium-full body and a long finish that presents accents of spicy worchester and oak forward, garrigue, and kettle corn. An excellent Whisky that demonstrates world-class quality while maintaining Australian terroir.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
$107
Clear golden amber color. Floral, citrusy, woody aromas of orange zest and caramel, toasted marshmallow fluff, and baked vanilla cookies with figs and shaved coconut with a round, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, amusing, medium-length peanut brittle and toasted oak, chocolate covered orange, toasted wheat bread, vanilla syrup, and and candied ginger finish. Citrus forward and warming, this is a lovely Whiskey that will appeal to Irish and Scotch Whisky drinkers alike.
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$128.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of duck fat and plum sauce in a bao bun, dried apricot, and red apple and mace with a velvety, bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish imparting notes of cooked red and black fruit, grilled meats leaning towards lamb, red hot candies, and roasted and caramelized nuts. This Whisky smells sweet and fruity but drinks dry; pair it with a rich grilled meat dish or enjoy with dark chocolates for dessert.
94 points $128.99
Bushmills 16 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$149
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey and vanilla glazed apple fritter fresh from the oven, oak and leather, and sea spray with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish displaying nuances of cinnamon and sugar on hot buttered multi grain toast, beef stock, orange marmalade, and banana. A structured, elegant, and balanced Irish Malt for uncomplicated sipping.
Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Blended Whiskey
94 points
$226
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of new car leather, baked cherry pie with a graham cracker crust, kit kat, and brandied cherry chocolates with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an involved, long finish with touches of blueberry and blackberry compote, dark chocolate, short bread, caramel, and and peanuts. An impressive Whiskey with sweet grains and rich fruit sure to delight.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Blended Whiskey
93 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of hot cornbread with fresh butter and maple, banana laffy taffy, clove and cocoa, and vanilla turkish delight with a full body and a long finish with nuances of sweet corn, vanilla and banana cream pie, lemon curd, and smores. An balanced and sweet Irish Whiskey capable of converting your Bourbon drinking friends.
Fior Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$39
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of light peat, red apple skins and honey buttered biscuit, and savory beef jerky with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish conveying overtones of raspberry orange cream, black tea, and wisps of smoke and teriyaki beef. An excellent all-around blended Scotch for sipping and cocktail applications.
Pearse Lyons 12 Year Irish Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$59
Light gold color. Confected, citrusy, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple, mint, banana, ginger, with muddled blueberry and raspberry, strawberry, lemon, and orange, and cherry blossom with an oily, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of dark chocolate covered salted caramel, strawberry-cherry nougat, and walnut. A scrumptious menagerie of fruited confections drizzled in vanilla and chocolate.
Morris Rutherglen Signature Australian Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried dates and figs, cocoa nibs, roasted pecans and walnuts, and molasses with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish with suggestions of dark caramel and cocoa beans, italian coffee and chocolate covered biscotti, sweet tobacco, and berry cobbler ala mode. A complex, decadently malty Whisky that will pleasantly accompany your coffee and biscuit afternoon break.
Green Spot Leoville Barton Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$76
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of banana, pineapple, mango, and blueberries dripping with honey rolled in caramelized grains, grains of paradise, and perhaps a touch of sulfur with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, very complex, medium-long finish with notes of toasted grains, sweet fresh and dried fruits, red currant, white pepper, butterscotch, and over ripe tropical notes. A really delicious Whiskey with voluptuous grain and great oak management, meant to be drank neat.
Morris Rutherglen Muscat Barrel Finished Australian Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$90
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of german chocolate cake, baked cherries, raisin bran, and mixed berry compote with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish manifesting notes of roast meat in a red berry reduction sauce, deep roasted malt, and chocolate malt balls. A complex, well-aged, fruity, and savory Whisky to sip and contemplate.
METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey
93 points
$97
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of candy corn, vanilla cream, marzipan, and sage and sassafras root with a full body and an elegant, medium-long finish imparting nuances of caramel drizzle on white peach and cooked oranges, toffee bread pudding, and marzipan. A fruity, floral Whiskey with roasted malt and pastry tones to sip and enjoy with an Irish Red Ale.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of grilled pineapple with chocolate sauce, dry hay, black tea, and honey roasted nuts with turmeric with a full body and a long orange blossom honey, pilsner malt, canned pineapple, and thai cinnamon finish. A tropical, decadent, and spice-laden malty sipper.
93 points $99.99
Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$99.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of hot sesame oil on cast iron, buttered toast and seeds, cherry wood smoke, and almond toast with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a long finish imparting impressions of beeswax and butcher’s paper, apple pie graham cracker crust, sea spray, and lavender. A complex, layered, and earthy Single Malt to enjoy after dinner and perhaps with a cigar.
93 points $99.99
Kavalan Triple Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$119.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla and caramel, dark roasted honey on nuts, and caramelized baklava with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of roasted oak, honey on rice chex cereal, kumquat, and black tapioca. Rich with beautiful barrel flavors, this is a Single Malt for the Bourbon drinker.
93 points $119.99
Aberlour 18 Year Old Double Cask Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky
93 points
$124
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricot and manuka honey, apple fritter, nutmeg, and dark roasted malt, raisins, and banana bread with vanilla cream cheese frosting with a round, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a long finish revealing notes of rich and malty with waves of honey roasted nuts and orchard fruit, flowers and gingersnaps, leather, sweetened black tea, and and tobacco leaf. A gracefully aged Speyside Single Malt demonstrating both youthful fruit and a touch of rancio.
Jameson Crested Irish Blended Whiskey
92 points
$45
Clear gold color. Fruity, toasty, baked aromas and flavors of vanilla extract, plum and toffee, red apple, and dates with a satiny, shy, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish with elements of yellow apple baked in butter, caramel corn, candied orange peel, and sesame oil. A lovely, well-balanced Whisky to sip on with friends and family.
METHOD AND MADNESS Irish Single Grain Whiskey
92 points
$59
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, vanilla, and mocha, oatmeal raisin cookie with extra cinnamon, stone fruits, and blueberry muffin with a glycerous, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of unsweetened earl grey, cherry, coconut, and pineapple, clove and allspice, and green apple. A sweet, smooth, and pleasantly spiced Irish Whiskey for sipping neat or building classic cocktails.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$70
Clear gold color. Sweet, toasty, baked, fruity aromas and flavors of candied oranges and pineapple, red apple, nutmeg, and toasted almond, lemon honey tea, and oatmeal cookie with a satiny, flat, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of caramel popcorn, vanilla frosting, and lemon peel. A rich, pleasant Irish Whiskey to sip on for all occasions.
Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$87
Clear gold color. Baked, boozy, toasty, jammy aromas and flavors of caramel apple and plantain, blackberry and almond nougat, and orange zest and grilled pineapple with a satiny, flat, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of dried tobacco and Mediterranean fruits, marshmallow, and citrus tea with candied orange. A rich and complex Irish Whiskey for after dinner cocktails.
Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Non-Chill Filtered Single Malt Irish Whiskey
92 points
$96
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple cobbler and baked peach, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey, and kola nut and butter cream with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, very complex, medium-long finish with notes of apple pie crust with extra baking spice, vanilla cream and cocoa nibs, green savory lift on the finish, and raisined fruit. A delicious and lingering Irish Single Malt full of flavor and matured with care; delicious on its own but would be lovely with a single ice cube or a few drops of water.
Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Sherry Cask Finished Single Malt Irish Whiskey
92 points
$115
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple blossom and honey on a warm multi grain biscuit, marzipan, pecan, and chocolate covered orange with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, long finish that presents accents of brown sugar and molasses, apple and pecan, and toasted brioche. A full bodied, rich, and wonderful Single Malt that’s full of flavor and character, and asks to be pondered over; pair with a moderately robust cigar.
Redbreast 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
92 points
$115
Clear gold color. Toasty, baked aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, peanut brittle and vanilla cream, lemon verbena, and honey tea with a satiny, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long finish conveying elements of candied ginger, orange and chai spice, wet grass, and smoked gouda. Beautiful aromas and warming spices offer up this decadent Irish sipper.
Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$299.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed fruit and nuts, cheese board with honey and a side of tokjai, dried apricot, and over ripe plantain with a glycerous, crisp, bone-dry full body and a hot, very complex, long finish revealing impressions of honey with almonds and dried apple slices, cooked red apple, beef jerky, and kola nut. An epic Single Malt Whiskey that will pair with everything after dinner and have you going straight on ’til morning.
92 points $299.99
Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$699.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of pecan pie, caramel cream and molasses soaked dates, maduro tobacco, and chocolate and dried dates and figs with a thick, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that presents accents of decadent cooked fruits, savory roast meats, tobacco shop, and liquid gingersnaps. This Whisky is powerful, decadent, and just plain delicious.
92 points $699.99
Keeper’s Heart 4 Year Old Irish + American Blended Whiskey
91 points
$29
Gold color. Candied, buttery aromas and flavors of buttered caramel, malted barley, sweet corn, and hazelnut with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of salted kettle corn, hazelnut, honey and caramel, and prune. A Hybrid Whiskey with youthful grains and balanced oak allowing the vanilla and baking spice to shine through.
The Busker Irish Single Malt Whiskey
91 points
$29
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of fennel seed, red berries, cracked black pepper and roasted beef, and canelé with a satiny, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of apple butter and poached pear, angelica root, anise, and orange peel. A fruit-forward Whiskey with rich and delicious under currents of baking spice.
The Sexton Irish Single Malt Whiskey
91 points
$29
Gold color. Jammy, nutty, mature, woody, umami aromas and flavors of dried red berries, dates and figs, cinnamon and sugar roasted walnuts and pecans, potpourri, and green apple jolly rancher with a glycerous, vibrant, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish displaying accents of fig preserves on toasted multi seed oat bread, butterscotch, papaya, stone fruit, fruit cup, and canned pears, over ripe pineapple, redhot candies, and and lemon peel. A mature spirit that still shows a balance of grain and barrel flavors, and is a benchmark of the category.
Don Michael Andean Black Corn Whiskey
91 points
$49
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of heavily toasted multigrain bread buttered with cinnamon, sugar, clove, and nutmeg, molasses drizzled granola, butterscotch and marzipan, and tobacco with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and an involved, long finish revealing touches of whole wheat toast, butter, vanilla, and baking spices, all spice, and cocoa. With dark roasted corn notes, mocha and molasses tones, this Whiskey is dark, brooding, and complex.
Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$56
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apple and blanched almonds, buttered apple pie crust, molasses dipped plum, and toasted coconut sprinkled on bananas foster with a round, full body and a long finish with notes of apple pie with vanilla and honey drizzle, grilled pineapple, and tangerine and lavender blossoms. A classic example of Speyside orchard fruit coated in honey; this one’s a Rum drinker’s Scotch.
METHOD AND MADNESS Rye And Malt Irish Blended Whiskey
91 points
$110
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla cream, apple and citrus, dates and water cracker, and pecan creme brulee with a round, dry medium body and a long finish with accents of vanilla whipped cream, apple honey glazed doughnut, pastry dough, and milk chocolate. A great Whiskey to share with friends and be astonished to watch how quickly the bottle disappears.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Blended Whiskey
90 points
$38
Clear golden amber color. Malty, toasty, baked, roasted aromas and flavors of apples and ripe pears, orange zest and honey, toasted wheat and raisins, and banana bread with a satiny, flat, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that shows accents of dried apricot, wild flower honey, and roasted cashew, toffee, and toasted grains and chocolate malt. A wonderful Irish Whiskey sure to make your nose and palate sing.
Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon bun with vanilla frosting, cashew, chicory, and raisin bran cereal with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish with accents of dark chocolate covered orange, black walnut, sweet tobacco, and star anise, cedar and mango, and toffee. A rich and decadent sipper with notes of tropical citrus fruits and dark chocolate.
90 points $59.99
Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$224.99
Brown color. Aromas of sweet maderized wine, black tea and espresso bean, oxidized pineapple, leather, mahogany, and and old library with a medium-full body and a medium-long vinyl and over steeped tea leaves, dried red fruit, and maduro tobacco and coffee grounds finish. Rich and concentrated, this a well-aged Whisky with hints of delicious old fortified wine that has gracefully watched the passing of decades.
90 points $224.99
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey
89 points
$28
Clear gold color. Grainy, malty, baked, fruity aromas of nutmeg and banana, cola and coriander, apple, matcha, and lemon peel, and bubble gum and new car leather with a satiny, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length green caramel apple, bleu cheese and black pepper, and orange marmalade finish. A spice-forward Irish Whiskey that will lend itself well to cocktails.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Blended Whiskey
89 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-honey cough drop and green apple, baklava, fig and sandalwood, and early grey tea with a velvety, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a peppery, medium-to-long finish displaying overtones of grilled peaches, whipped honey cream, honey roasted mixed nuts, and leather. A solid house Irish Whisky that does a little bit of everything.
Powers Gold Label Irish Blended Whiskey
89 points
$35
Clear gold color. Citrusy, fruity, malty aromas and flavors of honey, tangerine marmalade and sugar cookie, plum, and dried pineapple with a silky, shy, dry light body and a peppery, brisk finish displaying notes of peanuts and plum, caramel and orange bread pudding, fresh cut grass, and petrol. A fruity, floral, tropical, and citrus Whiskey with nuance and a strong malt backbone.
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Bourbon Cask Matured Single Malt Irish Whiskey
89 points
$69
Light gold color. Creamy, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honey drizzled red and green apples, sweet green jasmine tea, and lemon verbena with a round, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish conveying overtones of toffee apple candies, candied pecan, and banana. Delicious and smooth, this Irish Single Malt illustrates the finesse and ethereal flavors of great Irish Whiskey.
Murray McDavid Half N Half 11 Year Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$70
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of sea spray and caramel corn, button mushrooms and lemon grass, and honeyed apple and fino sherry with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of sea salt, caramel, and green apple, rye dough, and lilac. A youthful and salty blended Scotch; grab a bucket of oysters to eat while grilling some salmon.
Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$76
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of sour mango, canned pineapple, blondie cookies, and sawn lumber with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, medium-long finish evoking notes of pineapple fruit punch, pickled ginger, charred oak, and sour dough and sawn lumber. Peppery and punchy, this dram has the muscle to stand up to cocktails and the complexity to stand on its own.
Redbreast Pedro Ximenez Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
89 points
$86
Clear gold color. Baked, toasty aromas and flavors of dates and cocoa, grapefruit drizzled with wild honey, almond and candied ginger, and mandarin oranges simmered in sesame oil with a creamy, flat, cloying medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting elements of toasted coconut, pineapple, and chai spice. A complex and well-balanced Whiskey with fruity and spice tones that carry from the aroma to the palate.
Kornog Single Malt French Whisky
89 points
$150
Clear straw color. Smoky, green, sweet aromas and flavors of mesquite smoked bacon, honeycrisp apple, strawberry shortcake, and circus peanuts with a silky, flat, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, easy finish with notes of olive brine, smoked cheese, wet hay, and banana. A lovely French Whisky with a nice balance of smoke, sweetness and grain.
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$299.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts and seeds, black tea, and toasted sesame in dark chocolate with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dates, figs, and chocolate covered pineapple, dried red fruits, smoked paprika, and some molasses dunder-esque funk finish. A lovely tropical, nutty Whiskey that is dripping with red fruits; enjoy with some water and air.
89 points $299.99
Kavalan Solist Madeira Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
89 points
$299.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of molasses, apple butter, chocolate covered cherry, and plum sauce and black tea with a round, crisp, bone-dry full body and a hot, very complex, very long finish displaying notes of pecan pie, roasted walnuts, salted caramel that is almost burnt, and balsamic and rancio. A decadent Single Malt to pair with slow roasted pork and a Maduro cigar.
89 points $299.99
Eiregold Special Reserve Single Blended Irish Whiskey
88 points
$29
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of vinyl and peanut shell, dark roasted honey malt, nutty, and marzipan and creme brulee with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish that exhibits overtones of under ripe pear, bleu cheese drizzled with honey, pecan, and blood orange and brown sugar. A fruit and malt-balanced sipper with light barrel flavors making for a no nonsense Irish Whiskey.
Ha’Penny Four Cask Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$32
Gold color. Umami aromas and flavors of maize and redhots, parchment paper, beeswax and cocoa nibs, and apricot and bananas foster with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of maple glazed corn bread, aged hard cheese, walnut and cashew, and coconut. A rich, spicy, and voluptuous sipper with a creamy finish.
Grace O’Malley Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$36
Clear gold color. Toasty, malty, fruity aromas of honey, banana, and vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, and strawberry pez, bubblegum, and candied orange peel with a silky, shy, dryish thin body and a peppery, brisk roasted peanuts, chocolate covered oranges, and toasted bread and cinnamon finish. A well-balanced and complex Whiskey with delicious orange nuances.
Jameson Cold Brew Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$36
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas and flavors of espresso bean, dark rye bread, and mocha with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish that shows accents of french roast, bell pepper, and sultana raisin. A delicious Irish coffee ready-to-go.
Pearse Lyons 5 Year Irish Blended Whiskey
88 points
$39
Clear golden yellow color. Fruity, citrusy, baked aromas and flavors of apple galette, amber honey and orange peel, cola syrup, and toasted walnut with a silky, flat, dry thin body and a peppery, relaxed finish with nuances of toasted bread, circus peanut, and heavy cream. A staple Whiskey for the back bar.
Morris Rutherglen Signature Australian Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mesquite wood and eucalyptus, cooked cherries and raspberry, savory grilled meat, and praline with a satiny, bright, medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that shows suggestions of rye pepper and savory teriyaki, al pastor pork fat and pineapple, lemon verbena, and milk chocolate. A summer Whisky to serve with a slight chill while smoking a mild cigar and grilling meat.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$92.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark honey and roasted grains, burnt sugar on a waffle, sesame oil, and toffee and leather with a satiny, bright, bone-dry medium-to-full body and an elegant, medium-long finish that shows notes of vanilla maple syrup, butterscotch, cracked black pepper, and dark chocolate covered plum. A rich and opulent Single Malt Whisky with barrel-forward flavors.
88 points $92.99
King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
88 points
$128.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of sticky toffee pudding, dried red and mediterranean fruit medlee, dark molasses, and mustard seed and sharpie with a round, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish that shows impressions of caramel malt and dried fruit and bit o’ honey. A sweet, rich grain forward Whisky with delicious wine cask influence.
88 points $128.99
The Busker Single Grain Irish Whiskey
87 points
$29
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of opening whiff of freshly polished leather, salted toffee and cornbread, dried oranges, and banana bread with a round, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of honeyed grains, red apple skin, grass and cooked plantains, elderflower, ginger, and and lemongrass. A great entry level Whiskey that leans into its grain profile.
Gwalarn Celtic Whisky Blend
87 points
$34
Clear light gold color. Earthy, grassy aromas of caramel popcorn, grass and golden raisin, and mesquite smoke and orange peel with a supple, flat, dry thin body and a smooth, short-lived vanilla bean, orange dreamsicle, turtle candy, and toasted brioche finish. A smooth and complex sipping Whiskey with flavors of orange and vanilla.
Grey Coast Irish Whiskey
87 points
$36
Clear gold color. Malty, toasty aromas and flavors of green tea and clove, dried green apple, wheat grass, dates, and toffee, and mint with a satiny, shy, bone-dry light body and a hot, brisk finish with accents of chinese 5 spice, vanilla, cocoa powder, brioche, white pepper, and grilled cedar planks. A slightly sweeter style of Irish Whiskey, warm and complex for winter cocktails.
Hyde No. 8 Heritage Stout Cask Blended Irish Whiskey
87 points
$39
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dry hay, green apple and pear, caramel, and granola with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of granny smith apple with honey, grain forward and earth, and grassy and unmalted barley. A well made and straight forward Irish Whiskey for sipping, shooting, or mixing.
Bushmills 10 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$49
Light gold color. Baked, fresh aromas and flavors of apple butter and poached pear, orchard fruits, barrel spices, and candied citrus, bruised elderflower, and french onion soup with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish with accents of cooked and spiced apples, lemon drop candies, sourdough, and mandarin orange. A delightful Single Malt that shows the elegance of barley as the supreme grain for Whiskey production.
Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt French Whisky
87 points
$59
Straw yellow color. Aromas of apricot and ginger, honey buttered multigrain biscuit, cherry pie, and pomegranate with a medium body and a medium poached pear, blueberry, and clove, pineapple upside down cake, cedar, and pepper finish. A beautiful and fruity summer sipper.
Amrut Neidhal Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky
87 points
$96
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of stewed red fruits, roasted nuts, toasted seeds, and light peat smoke with a dry medium-to-full body and a layered, medium-long finish that shows notes of goose berry and sauvignon blanc with cassis leaf, white florals, potpourri and rum barrels, and orange marmalade mixed with molasses. A complex and highly aromatic sipper to be enjoyed by itself or paired with a mild cigar.
Proclamation Irish Blended Whiskey
86 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of new leather and fresh hay, sea spray and grilled plantain, and toasted hazelnut with a round, medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of wildflower honey, citrus and toasted seeds, and caramelized walnut. An enjoyable and inviting irish Whiskey that offers a pleasant drinking experience with no complications; enjoy in a highball.
Pearse Lyons 7 Year Barrel Aged Irish Blended Whiskey
86 points
$44
Clear light gold color. Fruity, inviting, attractive aromas and flavors of marzipan and vanilla cream, buttered croissant and honey, and toasted marshmallow and pineapple with a silky, flat, dry light body and a peppery, breezy finish conveying suggestions of mesquite, frosted flakes in milk, and wheat bread. This Whiskey offers up vanilla cream with hints of spice; would be a nice backbone for cocktails.
Brenne 10 Year Single Malt French Whisky
86 points
$99
Straw yellow color. Aromas of peach and tangerine, black tea , honey, ginger, and mace, vanilla, pear, dark chocolate, and and ripe banana with a medium body and a medium peach and tangerine, walnut and peanut shells, and leather finish. A nice Whisky to sip while you wait for your French wines to come of age in the cellar.
Proper No. Twelve Irish Blended Whiskey
85 points
$25
Clear golden amber color. Baked, toasty aromas of green herb and something vegetable, vanilla, brown sugar, and cookie dough, butterscotch and fig, and roasted and salted nuts with a velvety, shy, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, swift fresh grass clippings, and unmalted barley, toasted wheat bread, and fresh grass finish. A solid Irish Whiskey that would be great for any occasion.
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