Our Favorite Whiskeys Aged in Red Wine Barrels
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Distiller Score 86
Light and inviting aromas of white flowers, currants and dates emerge. The taste is lightly sweet with a touch of vanilla and caramel. Best consumed on its own to enjoy the subtleties including its fruity and and refreshing medium body finish.
Wolves Whiskey "First Run"
Distiller Score 83
Milk chocolate leads the way on an otherwise herbal nose. The palate is zesty and herbal, with malted milk balls, toasted rye bread, and towards the back, black pepper. Hoppy on the finish with lemon peel and orange zest atop tannic, spicy oak. Intriguing though flavors are a bit jumbled. Add water to bring out baking spices on the nose and a chili pepper note on the palate; add ice to up the chocolate to a larger degree.
Reviewed by Jake Emen
Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished
Distiller Score 88
On the nose, classic vanilla and sweet maple notes along with toasted barrel spices accent the aroma. The body is of average weight with an initial softness on the tongue. Once again the toasted barrel spices come through offering some dimension to the dram. The mild sweetness of the whisky tempers the spicy notes to a pleasant experience. Dried red fruits, toasted sugar, and oak notes are found on a bittersweet finish.
Reviewed by Stephanie Moreno
Caol Ila 22 Year Fèis Ìle 2019
Distiller Score 93
The nose starts on soft minerals and a subtle sherry influence, with mature wood smoke and cured meat. Classic older, more restrained Caol Ila. Fruity, savory and slightly herbal. The palate is incredibly elegant, even at such a high strength. Pleasantly oily, lovely fruity, and hints of smoke bacon, maple syrup and wood smoke. Salted to perfection, this is an endlessly pleasing release.
Distiller Score 88
The peat smoke is subtle, leaving plenty of room for other aromas. The Ardbeg Drum is well-rounded and somewhat creamy, with mushy banana, cinnamon apple and apricots. The creaminess exerts itself on the palate as well. It becomes a tad more spicy (nutmeg, even a hit of ginger), and there's lots of dry smoke and ashes. There's a sugary sweetness also, and salt, smoke and vanilla linger for a long time.
Código 1530 Rosa Tequila
Distiller Score 91
Fragrant aromas proclaim a valley origin - green olives, pickle brine and green beans - and pop from this tequila and continue through the taste, joined by a slight tannic bite and fruitiness. It rolls across the palate with plenty of spice, agave and brine, a lip-smacking and robust blanco with a little something extra
Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
Distiller Score 83
This spirit's rich garnet color gives the impression of a liqueur rather than a gin. On the nose, faint botanical notes are detectible under a juicy cherry aroma. The gin starts off strong on the palate, reminiscent of Luxardo's other marasca cherry offerings. However, it tastes slightly medicinal mid-palate and the botanical elements and cherry flavor clash on the finish.
Casa D’Aristi Huana Mayan Liqueur
Distiller Score 84
Initially quite aggressive on the nose, but a couple of minutes in the glass chills Huana out and reveals pleasant aroma reminiscent of almost overly ripe pear. On the palate, the pear flavor comes through, but pineapple flavor are also prominent. Of course, it’s hard to mistake the underlying rum flavor from which the liqueur made, as well as a slight but lingering bitter aftertaste.
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