Our Highest Rated Whiskies From May

These 10 whiskies took home the top marks in the month of May!
May 31, 2016
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    Herbal
    This whisky is a part of the Pure Malt Series from the Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. The Pure Malt White is a heavily-peated whiskey made primarily of malt sourced from Islay, Scotland. Note: This is sold in 500ml sized bottles and is not currently available in the U.S.
  • 9
    78
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    Rich
    This whisky is a part of the Pure Malt Series from the Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. The Pure Malt Red is primarily made with malt whiskies from the Miyagikyo distillery with the remainder coming from Yoichi. It is bottled at 86 proof in 500ml sized bottles and is not available in the U.S.
  • 8
    82
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    Spicy
    This whisky is a part of the Pure Malt Series from the Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. The Pure Malt Black is a blend of single malts from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Note: This is sold in 500ml sized bottles and is not available in the U.S.
  • 7
    79
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    Sweet & Tart
    Pow-Wow is an infused 2 year old sourced Straight Rye Whiskey bottled by Georgetown Trading Company. It is infused most prominently with saffron and orange peel, but other botanicals are not disclosed. Pow-Wow claims homage to the Algonquin term for “gathering” and during these times of gathering, a practice was to make herbal recipes using what they could gather around them.
  • 6
    85
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Leopold Bros Distillery revives the pre-Prohibition practice of sweetening whiskey by adding small amounts of fruit juices before maturing it. This whiskey is blended with the juice of Montmorency tart cherries from Michigan and then aged in ex-bourbon barrels. It was first released in 2013 and bottled at 80 proof.
  • 5
    83
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    Sweet & Oily
    Produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, this bourbon is named in honor of Colonel Edmunds Haynes Taylor, Jr, the grand nephew of the 12th President of the United States, General Zachary Taylor. Old Taylor Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a classic bourbon aged for 6 years and bottled at 40% abv.
  • 4
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    Fruity & Vanilla
    Meaning “glen of the green grasslands”, Glenfarclas Distillery has a long and rich history since its opening in 1836. There had been an unlicensed enterprise on the site as early as 1797, and perhaps even earlier. Glenfarclas 10 Year is matured exclusively in European oak ex-oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 80 proof.
  • 3
    91
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Glenfarclas--meaning "glen of the green grassland"-- has been independently-owned and operated by the Grant family since the day they hung the "Open for Business" sign in 1865. This 15 year-old single malt is aged in European oak ex-oloroso sherry casks with a majority being 1st and 2nd fill casks. Bottled at 92 proof.
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    Smoky & Fruity
    Copper Fox Original Rye Whiskey centers around using new and used apple wood and oak chips to flavor the house-made malt during drying as well as when the whiskey is aging in the used bourbon barrels. The mash bill itself is 2/3rd parts rye and 1/3rd malted barley with all grains sourced from Virginia.
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    The middle child of the standard age specific Caol Ila family is the 18 year old. The 18 year is bottled at the brand's regular 43% ABV. That much time in the barrel is noted for diminishing the whisky's smoke, while a mixture of refill casks were used so as to play down the impact of the wood.