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We're so happy you're back! How about a list of delicious whiskey shopping suggestions to prepare you for the weekend?
May 30, 2016
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    10 Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
    95
    Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is made with the classic Wild Turkey mash bill -- 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. It matures in heavy "alligator" char new American oak barrels and is hand-selected by Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. Each honey barrel is then bottled at a hearty 110 proof without chill-filtration in order to preserve maximum flavor.
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    9 Glengoyne 15 Year
    95
    Glengoyne distillery prides itself on its slow, meticulous process from barrel to bottle. All of their barley is air dried with no use of peat. This whisky was first aged in ex-bourbon and then given a hit of sherry cask aging at the end.
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    8 Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Bourbon
    95
    A 12 year-old bourbon, Signature Craft is impressive in the barrels chosen for this bottling. The wood tannins and spices are very well integrated. What might be most surprising of all is that Jim Beam didn't have a 12 year old on the market until 2013. This appears to be a product that is here to stay, and that is a very good thing (the price is another).
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    7 Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
    95
    The Green Label from Johnnie Walker is a blended malt, not a blended whisky; all whisky in the bottle is from single malt distilleries. In the blended malt are Talisker from Skye, Caol Ila from Islay, and Cragganmore & Linkwood both Speyside whiskies. This 15 year whisky (yes, it has an age statement) was sadly discontinued in 2012. Though in 2015, a limited number of bottles were re-released for purchase, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. (Update: As of April 2016, Johnnie Walker Green Label has been globally reintroduced due to popular demand.)
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    6 Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year
    96
    One of the best new ryes released in the past year, this cask strength, 4 year old rye is phenomenal! All the rye flavors you love, but with some bourbon notes to boot. This bottle looks, smells and drinks like a whiskey 3 times the price.
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    5 Talisker 10 Year
    96
    There was a time when up to seven registered (and several illicit) distilleries existed on the Isle of Skye -- now only Talisker remains. The peat level is a moderate 16-22 ppm (Phenol Parts per Million) and their 10 year old is aged primarily in ex-bourbon casks which they constructed to a larger hogshead size. Talisker 10 Year is bottled at a very appreciated 45.8% ABV.
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    4 Glenglassaugh Evolution
    96
    Speyside's Glenglassaugh distillery came under new ownership in 2013, overseen by Billy Walker and the BenRiach Whisky Company. Evolution is one of its premier expressions after this change. It was aged in first fill ex-George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey casks and non-chill filtered.
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    3 Laphroaig 10 Year
    96
    Far from a shrinking violet, Laphroaig 10 Year is loud and proud, get used to it. They have managed to produce a whisky showcasing the sights and aromas of the island. The peat, burned to dry the malt, is abundantly clear as is the seaweed found lapping the shores just steps from the distillery. That sweet salty sea air found on Islay is woven throughout their whiskies. NOTE: This is sold at 40% abv or 43% abv depending on your market.
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    2 Evan Williams Single Barrel
    96
    Since 1983, the master distiller for Heaven Hill has chosen select barrels for this single barrel series. Each bottle is dated with the vintage date of when the bourbon was distilled along with the year it was bottled. Additionally, each bottle bares a serial number of the barrel from which it was drawn. Bottled at 86.6 proof.
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    1 Compass Box Hedonism
    97
    You might be asking "what is a grain whisky?" In short, it is whisky distilled in a continuous still from a mixture of cereals, most typically wheat, corn, and barley. These whiskies generally are sold very young to other blended whisky companies. What Compass Box have done here is to take grain whiskies from a few different grain distilleries, on average 25 years old, and blended them together. The result is superb.