The Top Whiskeys Reviewed In November

Out of all of the whiskeys we reviewed in the month of November, these ten were our favorites!
Nov 29, 2016
  • 10
    10 Glen Breton Rare Battle of the Glen 15 Year
    89
    Floral & Fruity
    This Canadian single malt is produced at Glenora Distilley in Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia. With warehouses situated near an apple orchard and the nearby MacLellan's Brook as its water source, the distillery is also a tourist attraction, operating a bed & breakfast, pub, and gift shop on the property. Glen Breton Rare "Battle of the Glen" 15 Year is a special edition bottling released in 2010 to mark the end of the distillery's 9 year legal battle with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The lawsuit was a trademark dispute involving the use of the word "glen." After aging 15 years in American white oak, this whisky was bottled at 43% ABV. (Note: Not currently available in the US.)
  • 9
    9 A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Cask Strength
    90
    Full Bodied
    A high-rye four-grain bourbon with a 60% corn, 20% rye, 10% wheat, and 10% barley mashbill. The whisky is aged for a minimum of three years in new American white oak casks. Distilled, aged, and bottled in Denver, Colorado. This is bottled at cask-strength of 56% ABV.
  • 8
    8 Teeling Single Cask Single Malt Oloroso Finish
    90
    Spicy & Oily
    Teeling's ex-Oloroso sherry finished single cask expression is a 14 year old single malt. It spent the bulk of its life in ex-bourbon barrels before rounding out its aging for one final year in ex-Oloroso hogshead casks. This single cask release is bottled at 57.7% ABV and can be found offered by the dram in the Dublin distillery's tasting room.
  • 7
    7 David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon
    91
    Rich
    The David Nicholson brand traces its roots to St. Louis store owner David Nicholson, who sold his "43" recipe in 1843. This Reserve label is a new introduction with a high-rye mashbill, bottled at 100-proof.
  • 6
    6 A.D. Laws Single Barrel Secale Straight Rye
    91
    Spicy
    This rye whiskey is made from a 95% rye and 5% barley mash bill, made of all Colorado grains. It is distilled, aged, and bottled in Denver, Colorado. It is aged for no less than three years in standard 53-gallon American white oak barrels. This is a limited, seasonal release.
  • 5
    5 Aberfeldy 16 Year
    91
    Fruity
    Aberfeldy 16 Year is part of the Last Great Malts of Scotland collection from John Dewar & Sons. Built in 1898 by the Dewar family themselves, Aberfeldy is known as "the golden dram" for it's water source, the Pitilie Burn, which was believed to be rich in alluvial gold deposits. After finishing in Oloroso sherry casks, it is bottled at 40% ABV.
  • 4
    4 Kilchoman Sanaig 2016
    92
    Smoky & Peaty
    First released in March 2016, the Sanaig is a no-age-statement single malt from the Kilchoman Distillery on Islay. Along with the Machir Bay, it's part of the Kilchoman core range of continuously available expressions. Both are made from a marriage of malts matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. While the Machir Bay has more bourbon-barrel aged whisky, the Sanaig is predominantly Oloroso sherry cask influenced. Bottled at 46% ABV, it is non-chill-filtered without added coloring.
  • 3
    3 Kavalan Solist Amontillado Single Cask Strength
    93
    Full Bodied
    Kavalan Solist Amontillado is the latest award-winning Kavalan with a unique sherry cask finish, utilizing Amontillado, little seen in the whiskey world. It's bottled at cask strength. Since these are single barrel, cask strength releases, the ABV will vary. Expect 50-60% ABV. This expression debuted April 2017 in the US. Along with it were three additional new Solist expressions, Solist Manzanilla, Solist PX, and Solist Moscatel.
  • 2
    2 Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength
    94
    Rich & Full Bodied
    One of four new members of the Solist series from Kavalan, the PX cask hit the U.S. in April 2017. Like each entrant of the Solist lineup, it's bottled at cask strength. Since these are single barrel, cask strength releases, the ABV will vary. Expect 50-60% ABV. Its new accompanying mates in the series include Solist Amontillado, Solist Manzanilla, and Solist Moscatel.
  • 1
    1 Woody Creek Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey
    94
    Rich
    Made from a mashbill of 100% rye (sourced in Colorado) this rye is produced in the mountain town of Basalt. A grain-to-bottle distiller, this is distilled in their custom-built Carl stills and aged a minimum of two years in new white American oak. In addition to their rye, they also produce a couple of vodkas and a gin.