The Top Whiskeys From February 2017

These whiskeys took home the highest scores from the Distiller Tasting Table in February!
Feb 28, 2017
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    10 Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey
    89
    Fruity
    Laws Whiskey House is a grain-to glass distillery in Denver, Colorado. The distillery makes a variety of whiskeys, all using heirloom grains from family-owned Colorado farms. To make their Tricticum Straight Wheat Whiskey, 100% soft white Centennial wheat grown in Colorado is used. The distillery utilizes open-air fermentation and the whiskey is double distilled in their Vendome four-plate pot/column still. Aged no less than 3 years in 53-gallon new American white oak barrels and bottled at 50% ABV.
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    9 Westland Peat Week 2016 Commemorative Bottling
    90
    Fruity & Smoky
    This bottling commemorates Westland's third annual celebration of Peat Week. The whiskey is a marriage of five first-fill bourbon and three new American oak casks using Baird's Heavily Peated Distiller's Malt. The casks aged anywhere from 25 to 37 months before being bottled at 100 proof. There are only 2,136 bottles total.
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    8 Mosswood Nocino Barrel-Aged American Whiskey
    90
    Sweet
    Mosswood's "gray label" whiskeys feature small batches of whiskeys finished in unusual barrels. Their third release in this series is a 9 year-old American light whiskey finished for about six months in a barrel that seasoned with Mosswood's own housemade nocino (a walnut liqueur). Incidentally, a "light whiskey" is a whiskey which is distilled over 160 proof but under 190 proof (bourbon cannot be distilled over 160 proof for comparison). It may be aged in either used or uncharred new oak barrels.
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    7 Glen Scotia Victoriana
    90
    Sweet & Full Bodied
    Victoriana is a non-age statement (NAS) Scotch from one of the last three remaining Campbeltown distilleries. It was introduced in 2015 as part of the distillery's international rebranding. The casks were selected from its reserve cellar (to have one is considered a very Victorian value - hence the name) for their individual characteristics, then married together in a barrel that's been given a heavy char. It's bottled without chill-filtration.
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    6 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask
    90
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Found only at Kavalan's Spirit Castle, their distillery's visitor center, is the Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask release from the Taiwanese whisky producer. It offers a prophecy of things to come, as well as an intermediate way-station, as Kavalan is currently aging whisky distilled from a peated mash bill. Review from bottle 191 of 289. Cask strength at 52.4%.
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    5 Old Forester President's Choice Bourbon
    90
    Full Bodied & Rich
    Until his death in 1968, Brown-Forman president George Garvin Brown II, selected cask-strength single barrels of this bourbon bottled for an exclusive contingent of bourbon aficionados - a very rare practice at this time. A small amount of these whiskeys have been sold back to Old Forester and released with labels bearing the names of the barrel owners as well as any known details about the whiskey (how old, where stored in which warehouse, etc.), many of which date back to the 1950s. The particular sample tasted for this review bears the name of Edward Schottland on the label, and was aged for 8 years in what was Warehouse A, though exact year of bottling is unknown. NOTE: Collector's item: results will vary depending on the source. Best bet for purchasing is to go directly to the distillery or from a trusted collector.
  • 4
    4 Longrow 18 Year
    90
    Smoky & Rich
    Longrow is a peated range of whiskies that has been distilled at Springbank since 1973. Sprinkbank boasts a long history and pride in still conducting 100% of their production on site. Double-distilled and aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry barrels. These bottles show that peated whiskies can be made outside of Islay. Bottled at 92 proof with no coloring.
  • 3
    3 Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Brandy Cask Finish
    91
    Rich & Fruity
    Launching November 2016 is the eleventh release in the limited edition Master's Collection from Woodford Reserve. Beginning with Woodford Reserve bourbon matured in standard new, charred American oak casks, the whiskey is then finished in casks of American brandy for 2 years. Without a stated age, this brandy cask-finished bourbon whiskey is bottled at 45.2% ABV.
  • 2
    2 Westland Winter 2016
    93
    Fruity & Sweet
    A special Winter release from Westland Distillery, this American single malt is a combination of nine casks: six first-fill ex-bourbon casks, one first-fill ex-Oloroso hogshead, one cask of Cooper's Reserve, and one first-fill ex-Westland. Westland Distillery uses locally-sourced and Washington-grown barley. Aged for a total of 34 months, the mash bill consists of 65% Washington Select Pale Malt, 14% Signature 5-Malt, and 21% Baird's Heavily-Peated Malt. Belgian Brewer's Yeast is added and fermented for 144 hours. Bottled at 50%, only 2,400 bottles were released.
  • 1
    1 Kavalan Amontillado Single Cask
    93
    Fruity & Vanilla
    This single cask whisky is part of a twin decanter set with Kavalan’s Manzanilla Single Cask whisky. Both decanters are twisted in such a way that they can be joined together to look like one decanter. The whisky is bottled at cask strength at 56.3%.