July's Top Rated Whisk(e)ys

This July we had the opportunity to sample and review hundreds of whisk(e)ys from all over the world. These 10 were ranked highest by the Tasting Table!
Jul 31, 2016
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    10 Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
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    Smoky
    Whiskey Del Bac Dorado is the flagship whiskey of family-run Hamilton Distillers in Tucson, Arizona. It is made from malted barley which is smoked using native mesquite wood, rather than peat. It's distilled twice in a 500-gallon copper pot-still and aged in American white oak barrels.
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    9 Aultmore 18 Year
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    Rich & Sweet
    Primarily used by John Dewar's and Sons for their blends, Aultmore rarely sees the market as a single malt, other than the occasional independent bottling. The distillery prides itself over the pristine source of their water from the Auchinderran burn that filters through the foggie moss. This expression launched in 2015, following the success of Aultmore's 12, 21, and 25-year releases the prior year. It's available at select international markets and Duty Free retail outlets. Bottled at 46% ABV.
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    8 OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey is distilled from dark rye grown in the Ohio River Valley. Produced by Middle West Spirits in Columbus, Ohio, this 90-proof whiskey has aged for at least 3 years in American oak.
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    7 Westland Garryana 2016 Edition 1|1
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    Garryana marks the first release in Westland's Native Oak Series, with others to follow in 2017. Master Distiller Matt Hofmann has created these expressions to showcase Pacific Northwest terroir. The rare Quercus garryana (Garry oak) is native only to that part of the world, and new casks of it were used in the maturation process of part of the whiskey. It is bottled at cask strength (56.2% ABV) and is not chill-filtered. Limited to 2,500 bottles for this first edition.
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    6 The Deveron 18 Year
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    Fruity & Rich
    On the rugged eastern coast of the Scottish Highlands sits Macduff Distillery, a producer of single malts since 1962. Their production has mostly been used in blends, with official bottlings previously released under the 'Glen Deveron' brand. The oldest expression in Bacardi's Last Great Malts collection, this 18 year single malt has been bottled at 40% ABV.
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    5 Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Made from Palisade peaches from Colorado, blended with Leopold Bros. traditional sour mash whiskey made of corn and rye. It is then finished in used bourbon barrels to finish marrying. Bottled at 30% ABV.
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    4 Glenkinchie 10 Year
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Glenkinchie 10 Year, also called "The Edinburgh Malt," was produced from 1987 to 2007 before it was replaced with the Glenkinchie 12 Year. In 1988, it was released as one of the six single malt whiskies for "Classic Malts of Scotland." It's also one of the six whiskies produced in the Lowlands region, in East Lothian, and is currently owned by Diageo.
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    3 Glengoyne 25 Year
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    A new addition to the Glengoyne core range, this single malt bottling has spent a quarter of a century maturing in first-fill European oak sherry casks kept in traditional dunnage-style warehouses. Owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, the Glengoyne Distillery is located in the Scottish Highlands. It prides itself in using the longest distillation in Scotland, which prolongs the interaction between the spirit and the still. The malt is non-chill filtered, but may contain additional coloring. Bottled at 48% ABV.
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    2 Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve
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    Fruity & Vanilla
    This expression from Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery is a blend of various single malts that have aged in casks of American oak, Mizunara (Japanese oak), sherry oak, and French oak casks that previously held Bordeaux wine. Some peated single malt is also blended in. Released in 2014, Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve carries no age statement.
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    1 The Exile French Oak Tasmanian Single Malt 15 Year
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    During the years of 1999 to 2001, Sullivans Cove worked under the name of Highland Holdings. At that time, they employed Bill Lark (the godfather of Australian whisky and founder of Lark Distillery) as Master Distiller and Patrick Macguire (current Master Distiller) who produced some 600 barrels of whisky, 300 of which were sold as private investment barrels. Some of these owners, such as Heartwood and Trappers Hut, retained their barrels and bottled them privately for their own release. This French Oak Cask Single Malt (Barrel HH0556) matured and distilled by Bill Lark himself is surely a rarity.