Our Highest Rated Whiskeys From August

Many whiskeys have come through our doors over the past month, but these ten were our favorites!
Aug 31, 2016
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    10 Limeburners Single Malt Port Cask
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Limeburners is producing Western Australia's first single malts at the time of writing, and they have been doing a mighty fine job of it. The port cask variant is made with Western Australian barley, is copper pot-distilled then matured in an American ex-bourbon cask. It is finished in an Australian-style port cask. Limeburners are non-chill filtered and have no added caramel-coloring, giving them an authentic taste from a sun-burnt country. Note: This is not sold in the US.
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    9 One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 1
    92
    Spicy & Fruity
    This high-rye bourbon from One Eight is part of their experimental selection of whiskeys. One Eight Distilling finishes this sourced whiskey in a 30 year-old oloroso sherry cask for three months. Their first batch had an age statement of 8 years, while this second batch for the review was aged 9 years and bottled at 52.5% ABV. These "Untitled" releases are only available at the distillery itself or retailers and bars around the D.C. area. Unfortunately, this No.1 in the Untitled Series has already sold out.
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    8 Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016 Madeira Cask
    92
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Cairdeas, Gaelic for "friendship", is an annual bottle release put out by Laphroaig for their Friends of Laphroaig members. It is also released for the Fèis Ìle (Islay Fest) which is celebrated each May. This bottling was originally aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being recasked in European hogsheads which previously held Madeira wine. This is bottled at 51.6% ABV.
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    7 Teeling Gold Reserve 26 Year Single Malt
    92
    Fruity & Rich
    The 26 year single malt from Teeling was a 1,000 bottle release, which retailed at approximately 450 Euros. The last few bottles to be found can be located at the distillery or at a few fine retail shops around the world, excluding the U.S. The whiskey was finished for a year and a half in white Burgundy casks and is offered in a hand-designed bottle. Review from bottle #787.
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    6 Blanton's Gold Edition
    93
    Rich & Spicy
    Blanton's Gold Edition is a sour mash bourbon made from corn, rye, and malted barley. After chill-filtering, it's bottled at 51.5% abv. It's only available outside of the US, in international markets and Global Travel Retail outlets.
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    5 Four Roses Limited Edition Bourbon Elliott’s Select (2016)
    94
    Vanilla & Rich
    Hitting shelves in June 2016, Elliott's Select is the first release from the new Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, who took over the reins following Jim Rutledge's retirement in September 2015. His namesake release is a barrel-strength, limited-edition single-barrel bottling of 14-year-old bourbon. It's made using the distillery's OESK recipe with a mashbill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Only 8,000 bottles were produced.
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    4 Booker's Rye Whiskey Big Time Batch (2016 Release)
    94
    Full Bodied & Spicy
    Laid down by the man Booker Noe himself in 2003, this is a rare rye whiskey from the Booker's label distilled at the Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. Booker Noe was the Master Distiller at Beam from 1960 to 1992, when he handed off the reigns to his son, Fred Noe. This rye was part of a small batch experiment of about one hundred casks that Booker stowed away in his favorite rack houses, D & E, both of which see sun-exposure throughout the day. These are some of the last casks filled by Booker before his death in 2004. "Big Time Batch" is uncut and unfiltered at an irascible 68.1% ABV and aged for precisely 13 years, 1 month and 12 days.
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    3 Teeling Distillery Exclusive 23 Year Single Malt
    94
    Rich & Full Bodied
    This Teeling Distillery Exclusive is 23 years old, and has been fully matured in ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead casks. The whiskey itself was made with crystal malt, said to bring more toffee sweetness to the malted barley. This bottling is currently available as one of two whiskey's at the distillery's fill your own bottle station, and sells for approximately 250 Euros.
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    2 Octomore 07.3/169 Islay Barley
    96
    Peaty & Briny
    Bruichladdich's Octomore series preaches to peat devotees, in the quest for the best and most heavily peated Islay whiskies ever produced. The 07.3 release clocks in at 169 PPM, and has been aged for five years in ex-bourbon and Spanish Ribera del Duero wine barrels. Distilled from Islay barley, it has also been bottled at cask strength, 63% ABV. The series is named for the Octomore Farm, nestled above Port Charlotte.
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    1 Teeling Platinum Reserve 30 Year Single Malt
    97
    Vanilla & Full Bodied
    Distilled in 1983, the Teeling Platinum Reserve 30 year single malt release included just 250 bottles. Each sold for approximately 1,500 Euros, while the Dublin distillery offers its scant remaining drams for 115 Euros. The whiskey spent its entire 30 years of aging in ex-bourbon casks, a marked difference from Teeling's typical finishing processes. Review from bottle #147.