The Top Whiskeys From October

Out of all of the whiskeys our Tasting Table reviewed in October, these 10 took home the top marks!
Oct 31, 2016
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    10 Mackmyra Moment Bärnsten
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Mackmyra is pioneering the grain-to-glass movement in Sweden, sourcing all their ingredients (except for the yeast) within a 75-mile radius. Bärnsten (meaning "amber") is a limited edition bottling part of their "Moment" series - it is a mix of whiskies aged in Swedish oak casks, cloudberry wine casks and French Bordeaux casks. Availability limited to Europe.
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    9 Wemyss Malts Kiln Embers
    92
    Peaty & Smoky
    Released in 2015, this blended malt whisky from Wemyss Malts is a follow up to its sister whisky Peat Chimney, but with double the number of Islay single malts whiskies added to the final product. It is non-chill filtered and is bottled at 46% ABV.
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    8 Canadian Rockies 21 Year
    92
    Floral & Vanilla
    Getting your hands on a bottle of this whisky used to require a road trip to Taiwan. It’s now finding its way onto North American shelves starting with western Canada, where the whisky was born. The name was inspired by the rugged yet graceful Canadian Rocky Mountains. The whisky’s water source is also from the mountain’s glacial waters.
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    7 Deerhammer American Single Malt
    92
    Full Bodied
    This grain-to-glass distillery uses four types of malted barley and two yeast strains for their single malt. It is fermented with open top fermentation for 4-5 days before being double-distilled with a traditional direct-fire copper pot-still. This whiskey is aged at least 2 years in new, white American oak in Buena Vista, Colorado; the distillery's location. Availability limited to Colorado at this time.
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    6 The Glenlivet Single Cask Pullman 20th Century Limited
    92
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Glenlivet's Pullman Edition series celebrates the glory days of early U.S. train travel. The 20th Century Limited was the most famous train of its fleet, capable of traveling from New York to Chicago overnight, and the term "red carpet treatment" was coined for the way its luxury passengers were greeted. The Glenlivet was the featured Scotch in its dining car in the 1930s following Prohibition. Only one cask, aged 14 years in refill 500-liter Spanish oak, was selected for this release, limited to 588 bottles worldwide. It's bottled at cask strength 57.73% ABV.
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    5 Canadian Rockies 35 Year
    93
    Fruity & Spicy
    Fountana Beverage have followed up their Canadian Rockies 10 and 21 year old whiskies with the oldest Canadian whisky currently available – a 35 years old expression. $19,800 New Taiwan Dollars will buy you a bottle. That converts to roughly $600 US which also makes it the most expensive Canadian Whisky available. Taiwan only.
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    4 The Glenlivet Single Cask Pullman Club Car
    93
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Glenlivet was the first single malt Scotch to launch in the states following Prohibition in the 1930s, and the only one served in the club cars of the Pullman Train Company. A single cask of 18 year-old matured whisky aged in a 500-liter first-fill sherry butt was selected for this release, limited to 618 bottles worldwide. It's bottled at cask strength 56.24%.
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    3 Lost Spirits Leviathan I Single Malt
    94
    Peaty & Smoky
    Leviathian I is a single malt peated at a level of 110 ppm. Canadian-cut peat is used to smoke the Californian organic barley and is distilled in a custom-made wooden pot-still. This, the first release, Leviathan I, is matured in Californian late-harvest cabernet sauvignon casks. These casks were French oak, 53-gallon casks. Very limited availability.
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    2 Stauning Kaos Danish Whisky
    94
    Oily & Herbal
    Using a name based in Danish history, the Stauning Kaos is a reference to the 1935 Prime Minister election in which Thorvald Stauning used the phrase "Stauning or Chaos" to win reelection. The Stauning Distillery has decided to bring you both Stauning and Kaos by blending their Traditional, Peated, and Young Rye whiskies together in a curious marriage. Very limited availability. Not available in the U.S.
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    1 The Glenlivet Single Cask: Pullman Water Level Route
    95
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Water Level route was the scenic journey between New York and Chicago by way of the great lakes taken by the famous 20th Century Limited train of the Pullman Company. Travelers would watch the scenery go by sipping The Glenlivet, which was the only Scotch served in its club car following Prohibition in the 1930s. This single-cask release was aged 14 years in refill American hogshead casks, bottled at 54.9% ABV and limited to only 321 bottles worldwide.