Pack containing four different single malt scotches from Glenmorangie.The Original 10 Year Old has aromas of fruit and vanilla and soft, floral flavors with a hint of lemon. The LaSanta is aged an extra 2 years in sherry casks. Aromas of chocolate and toffee with flavors of oranges, walnuts and butter toffee. Quinta Ruban is aged in port wine casks an extra 2 years. Aromas of mandarin oranges and spices with flavors of dark chocolate and walnuts. Nectar D'Or is aged in French Sauterne casks and has aromas of gingerbread and vanilla with flavors of lemon, toasted almonds and honey. Serve in a whiskey tasting glass straight with a splash of spring water.
Single Malt Scotch from the island of Islay, off the coast of Scotland. This is a true Islay malt - full of peaty, smoky flavors. Non chill-filtered and 46% ABV (92 proof) to retain maximum flavor, body and depth. Aromas of intense smoky fruit, peat, with hints of lemon and lime. Exploding flavors of peat, tangy lemon/lime, black pepper, and cinnamon-spiced toffee. Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible says, 'To me Ardbeg is - and always has been - the most complex malt on earth.' and named it the Best Single Malt (10 Years & Under) for 2012 and gave it 97 points. Serve straight, with a few drops of water or a cube or two.
Single malt scotch imported from the Highlands area of Scotland. Ardmore breaks from the traditional Highland malts and adds peat flavors (more like the malts from Islay). Ardmore has full, rich flavors with subtle peat-smoke tones. Bottled at 92 proof and non-chill filtered (believed to preserve the natural flavors - the scotch may become hazy when chilled). Serve straight up, on the rocks or with just a touch of spring water.
Single malt from the Lowland area of Scotland. Triple distilled. F. Paul Pacult says 'the taste is so sweet and so succulent that if you are alone, you want to smack your lips.' A great introduction to single malt Scotch.
Blended Scotch whiskey blended and bottled in Scotland. Forty-two single malt whiskies are blended together to produce a Scotch with a smokey bouquet like the Highland malts, the peaty body of the Island malts, and the sweetness of the Lowland malts. This is a particularly sweet Scotch.
Aged in two different casks: one traditional whiskey oak, one sherry oak producing a deep more complex flavor. Rich, mellow flavor with depth and complexity.
Single malt whiskey imported from Scotland. Balvenie Caribbean Cask is aged for 14 years in traditional oak whiskey casks, then aged for several months in rum casks. Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes. Rounded flavors of vanilla and sweet oak with a fruity character that develops with time. Soft, lingering finish. Serve straight, with a splash of water, or over a just a few ice cubes.
The #6 selling Scotch brand in the world. Bottled in Scotland since 1884.
Scotch imported from Scotland. More intense than its parent brand - The Famous Grouse. Peaty-smoke aromas, with traces of golden raw sugar, malt and oak. Smooth, smoky-sweet flavors with hints of cocoa and spice. Long, peaty finish with a gentle smokiness, giving way to a resonant oaky note. Scotch expert Jim Murray gives it 94 points. Serve over ice or straight up with perhaps just a few drops of spring water to open up the flavors.
Single malt 'from one of the great malt distilleries' according to Michael Jackson. Legend is a distinctly Islay Scotch with aromas of peat, briny salt air (the distillery is right on the ocean) , wet wool and smoke . A great introduction to single malt Scotch particularly those from the Islay region.
A blend of 12 year old Scotch whiskies, each distilled twice in copper pot stills. Produced at Strathisla, Scotland's oldest continuously operated distillery, located in the Speyside region of the Highlands. Gold/amber color. Aromas of apricots, pears and heather. Smoky, peaty flavors. Finishes with flavors of vanilla and butterscotch that linger. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.
A Speyside malt aged 12 years. Golden color, firm body with medium smokiness. Very complex aroma. Delicate, clean flavor with large range of herbal flowery notes. Long finish. A malt for the serious devotee. Scored 90 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Blended Scotch made with 100% Scotch whiskies and aged for 12 years. Distilled and bottled in Scotland. First created in 1923. Green/gold color. Dry nose that blossoms as it aerates. Aromas of oak and cereal. Flavors of butter and raisins. Woody finish. A firm, well-structured blend. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it *** (recommended) rating.
Gentle northern Highlands malt with a light taste and fruity sweet aroma. Hint of heather and honey. Gold color. Firm, slightly oily body. Aged 15 years. Very long finish. Scored 76 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Blended Scotch Whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. A blend of over 40 single malt and aged grain whiskies. Golden color. Full, lightly smoky flavor with a warm finish. The most popular Scotch in the U.S.A. Has won many international awards for product excellence which are shown on the bottle.
Twelve year old blended Scotch whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. Select, individually aged 12 yr old malts from the different regions of Scotland are brought together in oak casks to 'marry' before blending. Medium amber hue. Off-dry scents of light peat and dried bitter orange. Flavors of pipe tobacco smoke, hard candy and black pepper. A light scotch. Medium long, slightly smoky finish . Bottle is cork finished. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** ( recommended) rating.
Blended scotch bottled in Scotland. Smooth, medium peated, well-rounded with a touch of dryness. Amber/tawny color. Soft, round nose of peat, fruit and grain whisky. Smooth, fruity flavors. Long, sweet, caramel finish.
The best selling single malt whiskey in the world. (The Glenlivet is the best selling in the USA.) Very pale color. Light, fresh, fruity aroma. Light, firm but smooth body. Dryish, pear-like flavor with hints of smokiness, fruit and malt. Restrained finish. Scored 75 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Single Malt Scotch from the Highland area of Scotland. Matured in three different types of casks - sherry casks, first used to age sherry, traditional bourbon casks from America and new oak casks, coopered from European timber. At the heart of this unique system is a large handcrafted oak cask called The Solera Vat which contains 15 year old Glenfiddich from the three different types of casks The Solera Vat is always kept at least half full, which ensures a consistent Single Malt. Full and fruity nose, with delicate honey and vanilla notes. Flavors of fruit, gentle spice and a touch of oakiness. Beverage Testing Institute gives it 91 points.
Single malt scotch from the Speyside region of the highlands. Glenlivet is the #1 selling single malt in the U.S. Deep gold color. Rich, sweet floral nose. Full, sweet flavors of nuts, dried apricots, vanilla and sherry with spicy overtones. Full, extended finish of toffee and nuts. Body is medium weight, soft and mellow. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.
Single Malt Scotch aged for 15 years in new Limousin oak casks usually reserved for aging wine. The aroma is intense and sweet with hints of cedar wood and citrus fruit. Full-flavored with notes of ripe mango, cinnamon and white pepper. Long, creamy finish balanced by a spicy dryness. International Spirits Challenge Gold Medal Winner in 2005.
Single malt Scotch from the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Glenmorangie Lasanta is elegant, yet full-bodied single malt that has been extra matured for two years in Spanish oloroso sherry casks after a minimum ot ten years in bourbon casks. Aromas of chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb, and smooth caramel toffee with full, sweet flavors of Spanish sherry, orange segments, walnuts and butter toffee. Long finish with notes of spiced orange and chocolate. Serve straight-up, with a few drops of water or a cube or two.
Imported single malt Scotch whiskey that is aged twice - first in new American oak barrels that are used no more than twice and, second, in sauterne (expensive desert wine) casks. Aromas of lemon tart, creamy vanilla, lime and orange peel. Flavors of lemon tart, crème caramel and zesty lime. Notes of warming ginger, mellow nutmeg and toasted almonds melt into meringue and honeycomb for a 'nectar-like' flavor. Voted 'Best Highland Single Malt Whiskey' at the 2008 World Whiskies Awards. A sumptuous single malt - this is a sipping whiskey.
Single malt whiskey imported from Scotland. This voluptuous scotch is initially matured for ten years in bourbon casks before being extra matured in port casks from the vineyards or 'quintas' of Portugal. Quinta Ruban is the most intense whiskey in the extra-matured line. Aromas of just-peeled mandarin oranges, walnut shells, and the musky scent of sandalwood. Silk velvet on the tongue gives way to flavors of rich, dark chocolate covered walnuts and Turkish Delight. Finishes with hints of dark minty chocolate and orange. Serve straight-up, with a few drops of water or a cube or two.
Scotch whisky made and bottled in Scotland. Amber color. The nose is plump, oily and semi-sweet with notes of honey, oatmeal, and biscuit batter. The influences of Balvenie and Glenfiddich (which are also produced by William Grant and Sons) are evident. Flavors of almonds, toffee, chocolate and vanilla. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Single Malt Scotch from the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Glenmorangie is Gaelic for 'The Glen of Tranquility'. It has been produced in the tallest copper pot stills in Scotland since 1843. Glenmorangie 10 Year old has a pale amber color and features a notes of floral, mandarin and vanilla with hints of honey. In Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2010, he states that Glenmorangie is 'Complexity at its most complex,' and awarded it a 94/100 rating. Serve straight up, over a few ice cubes or with a splash of spring water.
Imported Single Malt Scotch.. Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, they are , they are blended back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavor. The Spirit Journal says it, 'Continues to be one to be one of the most luscious, satisfying and complex 18 year old malts in the marketplace.'
Single Malt Scotch imported from the Orkney Islands of Scotland - one of two northernmost distilleries in the country. 'Buying Guide to Spirits' gives it 96 points and says, 'A rich, full-bodied malt...that displays peaty richness and sea salt notes through the finish.' Paul Pacult's 'Kindred Spirits' takes it a step further and claims, Highland Park 12 Year, 'one of my top ten malts without any hesitation...a genuinely great single-malt experience.' He gives it Highest Recommendation status and gives it ***** (his highest rating).
Golden color. Light, dry nose with a hint of sherry. Soft light body. Slightly sweet, salty flavor. Finish has a little malt and some saltiness. Considered a Highland malt. Scored 71 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Scotch made and bottled in Scotland. Very pale color. Fruity nose with notes of anise and licorice. Flavors of ripe fruit, malt and sweet corn. Medium-long finish. A light, easy to drink scotch.
Super premium blended Scotch whiskey. Crafted from single malt and grain whiskies, each matured for a minimum of 18 years. Drawn from a limited number of casks, carefully chosen for their exceptional character. Flavors of stewed fruit, malty cereal, smooth creamy vanilla, fragrant almonds and tangerines. Rich, contemporary and complex 18 year old, characterized by a sweet, yet elegant, Speyside style and subtle Islay smokiness. Charlie Maclean, Managing Editor of Whiskypedia, says it is, 'Opulent and voluptuous, this Scotch Whisky is a pleasure to drink - at any time.'
Deep amber color. Deeper, darker, smokier and more complex than most other blended Scotch whiskies. Salty, high octane nose. Medium-bodied, smooth, slightly salty flavor. Peaty with overtones of apple, grape and malt. Kindred Spirits gives it a *** or Recommended rating.
Blended Scotch whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. A full-flavored Scotch that is a blend of Highland malt and Lowland grain whiskies. The number one selling Scotch in the world. Originally blended in 1909 for the new Scotch drinker who blended their Scotch with ice, water, soda or in a variety of cocktails. This was a break from the traditional deeply flavored Scotch whiskies of the past and was considered more mixable. Flavor has pronounced iodine/seaweed presence. Soft peaty finish.
Robust 16-year-old malt from the Islay region. Full amber color. Powerful sherry aroma. Full, smooth body. Smoky, peaty taste. Huge finish. Scored 95 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Single malt Scotch imported from the island of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland. Laphroaig is characteristically a heavily peated Scotch, giving it a unique heavy smoke flavor mixed with salty sweetness. They are the only distillery to still malt and peat their own barley. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 96 proof. Aged in 'quarter casks,' which allows the spirit to have more contact with the wood, giving it a creamy taste with a gentle smoky sweetness on the finish. A good intro to the Laphroaig family of whiskies. Serve neat or on the rocks (better yet, use whiskey stones that chill but don't dilute the product).
Single malt Scotch imported from the island of Islay off the coast of Scotland. Laphroig is representative of the traditional Islay style of big, smoky scotches that have the aromas and flavors of the ocean that surrounds the island. Aromas of seaweed, iodine, peat and smoked fish, with a hint of sweetness. Flavors of the same with 'more exotic tastes of baked pear, toffee, and marshmallow' (according to F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2). Serve straight (with perhaps a splash of water to bring out the flavors) or over ice.
Highland Single Malt Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. Bottled straight from the cask, without adding water to lower the proof which is 117 (most scotch is bottled at 80-86 proof)! The Spirit Journal says it has ' ripe, unabashedly sweet fruit aromas with sweet oak, oloroso sherry, fruit cake, dark chocolate and dark caramel...ambrosial flavors of Christmas pudding, honey, molasses and dark caramel...' and gives it **** (Highly Recommended). Do add a bit of spring water before drinking.
Amber color. Sherry and honey nose. Full smooth body. Taste has hints of currant. Rounded finish. From the Speyside district. Scored 91 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky. Aged 10 years in a unique combination of bourbon and sherry oak casks. Pale straw color. Complex aromas with hints of fruit and heather honey. Soft texture with flavors of oak, fruit and malt. Lingering finish with notes of oak and fruit. Whisky Expert Jim Murray says the Macallan Fine Oak whiskies are ' a series of stunners, one after another hitting around the 90 (point) mark; it had never happened so often before from the same series of new whiskies.'
Single malt scotch from the Highland region of Scotland. Full-bodied, fruity, and aromatic.
Single malt scotch from the island of Islay-one of the traditional scotch producing regions of Scotland. Full-bodied, smoky, with a complex flavor.
Single malt scotch from the Lowland region of Scotland. Light in character, clean, with a hint of 'lemon grass'.
Single malt scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. Flavors of vanilla, soft fruit and mellow oak.
Single malt scotch from the western highlands of Scotland. Brilliant gold amber hue. Aromas of peat, cream and smoke. Bold, robust and peaty flavors with an oaky, intensely smoky aftertaste The smoky finish is long and lingering. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
From the only distillery from the Isle of Skye. Amber-red color. Pungent, slightly smoky aroma. Full body. Smoky with distinctive peppery character. The taste explodes on the palate and has a huge, long finish. Scored 90 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.
Domestically bottled scotch whiskey. The fifth largest selling Scotch in the U.S. Light bodied with mellow character. Received 'Impact' magazine's 'Hot Brand' award in 1993.
Blended Scotch whisky that is bottled in the U.S. after aging for 36 months in Scotland. The John Begg distillery was established in 1845. This blend is slightly heavier than most blended Scotch which will appeal to those who appreciate a real 'Scotch' taste.
Imported, blended Scotch whisky that is bottled in the U.S.
Blended Scotch whisky. The history of the S.S. Pierce company dates back to 1831.
Caramel-flavored Canadian whiskey. Smooth whiskey infused with sweet caramel, balanced with warm, toasted notes. Mix with hot cider, in hot coffee, or as a different twist on classic cocktails. Slowly pour layers of 1 oz grenadine, 1 oz Black Velvet Toasted Caramel and 3 oz orange juice over the back of a spoon into a martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange wheel for a 'Caramel Sunset.'
Maple spirit liqueur made with 100% Vermont maple syrup produced and bottled in Cleveland, Ohio. Cabin Fever is a 3 year old 80 proof barrel-aged spirit; not overly sweet. It starts with notes of peppery oak then quickly finishes with a distinct maple flavor and hints of caramel and butterscotch. Mix with: cola, ginger ale, cream soda, coffee, hot chocolate or use in tradtional 'Hot Toddy' recipes and for cooking.
Blended Canadian whiskey. The Canadian Club distillery was founded in 1858 by Hiram Walker. Still made and bottled in Canada. It is the only Canadian whiskey that is blended prior to aging. Aged for six years. Honey color. Nose of mash and cream. Flavors of cola, smoke, grain and caramel. Not as sweet as many other Canadians. Aftertaste of orange rind and toffee. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Canadian whiskey distilled and bottled in Canada. Barrel-blended which means that the different whiskies used are blended together in a barrel at the beginning of the maturation period rather than later as is the case with other blended whiskies. This allows more time for the flavors to marry. Aged in small, charred white oak barrels for 10 years rather than six like regular C.C. Serve neat, on the rocks or in Manhattans.
Apple-flavored Canadian Whiskey. A blend of hand-selected smooth whiskies infused with natural apple flavors. The blend opens with a nose of bright apples balanced with signature Crown Royal whisky and hints of spice. Crown Royal Regal Apple offers a flavorful palate of slightly tart, crisp apple with notes of caramel and light spice that culminates in a full-bodied smooth finish of refined apple notes and balanced sweetness. Mix 1 ½ oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple with 4 oz. cranberry juice, serve over ice and garnish with an apple wedge for a 'Crownberry Apple.'
Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey finished with a touch of natural maple flavor. Amber/topaz color. Aromas of light fresh maple combined with the signature caramel and vanilla nose of Crown Royal. A smooth blend with an authentic light maple-sweet taste and a warm, woody caramelized note on the finish. Serve over ice, mixed with ginger ale or in your favorite hot drink, such as apple cider or coffee.
Blended whiskey imported from Canada. Crown Royal XO brings together two great spirit-making traditions by finishing the whiskey in rare cognac casks from the Limousin forest of France. This final aging imparts subtle hints of rich, dried fruit. Elegant and complex with hints of vanilla, spice and almonds. This is a fine sipping whiskey. Serve neat or over ice.
Blended Canadian whiskey. A darker, more robust whiskey blended at 90 proof (regular Crown Royal is 80 proof). Deeper oak background with dark/sweet maple notes and a light vanilla flavor towards the finish. Creamy with flavors of dried fruit. Deep bourbon notes and a smooth finish. Serve over ice.
The number one selling super-premium whiskey. Blended whiskey made in Canada from pure Canadian water and grains. Created to celebrate the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England to Canada in 1939. Medium amber color. Soft aromas of sugarcane, caramel, oak and English toffee. Satiny smooth and complex. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Eight year old Canadian Whiskey. A 'Master Blenders creation'. A blend of 30 Canadian whiskies including many unique and rare casks from Seagram's own cellars- all aged individually for at least eight years. Mellow, delicate taste.
Blended Canadian whiskey. The number one selling premium imported whiskey in the U.S. A blend of over 50 separate whiskies that have been aged a minimum of six years in oak casks. The VO stands for 'very own' since years ago VO was set aside for the Seagram family's private consumption. Honey color with an amber tint. Highly floral nose. Candied, mellow flavors. Spicy notes in the aftertaste. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Ultra-premium blended Canadian whiskey. Rich amber/brown color. Aromas of mint, oak, coconut orange pekoe tea. Layers of flavors including pear, banana, walnuts and molasses. Extended finish with a touch of mandarin orange. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a ***** (highest recommendation) or classic rating.
Blended Canadian Whiskey bottled in Canada. Aged in hand-selected oak barrels for a full eight years for a smooth, mellow taste and a rich whiskey character. This is a sipping whiskey.
Canadian whiskey bottled in the U.S. Blended for smoothness. Traces of vanilla in the nose and flavors of butterscotch, rye and citrus. Warm finish. Canadian whiskies in general are lighter and sweeter than other whiskies.
Blended Canadian whiskey bottled in the U.S. Aged four years. Rich, robust flavor. Mellow taste.
A blend of 100% aged (for smoothness) Canadian whiskies bottled in the U.S.
The number one imported whiskey. A blended whiskey that is produced in Canada and bottled in the U.S.
Canadian blended whiskey that is bottled in the U.S. Amber/honey color. Sweet aromas of oak, cola nut, vanilla, orange blossoms, honey, and rye. Flavors of oak, rye, corn, black pepper, and spice. Medium-long, nutty finish. Medium-bodied. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended) rating.
Single Malt Irish Whiskey triple distilled and aged in sherry casks. Made in the world's oldest licensed distillery. Aromas of grain and sherry. Flavors of sherry and pine nuts. Kindred Spirits gives it *** and says it 'takes its place among the world's better blended whiskies.'
Irish whiskey distilled at the Cooley Distillery in County Louth, Ireland. Made from 80% grain and 20% malt, for a smooth, easy to drink blend. Matured in high quality bourbon barrels for four years. Sweet nose with well-balanced smooth flavors. Serve straight, on-the-rocks or in your favorite cocktail calling for Irish whiskey, such as a traditional 'Irish Coffee.'
Small-batch whiskey imported from Ireland. The Irishman brands are independent and family owned. Single malt implies that all the whiskey used is from a single distillery and malt means that malted barley is used as one of the ingredients. The Irishman Single Malt is non-peated, triple distilled, and aged in American oak bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks for 10-12 years. A double gold winner at the International Spirits Competition. Their description of the whiskey is, 'Toffee and Vanilla give way to toasted almonds, honey with a long finish enhanced with oak and dark chocolate.' This is a sipping whiskey.
Small batch Irish Whiskey produced at the Middleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland. The Irishman Brands is an independent and family owned company. A unique pot still blend of single malt (70%) and single pot still (30%) whiskeys. Triple distilled and aged 7-9 years in American oak (formerly used for Wild Turkey 101). No grain whiskey (grain neutral spirit) is added. Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible gives it 93.5 points and says, 'Green apple and Honey give way to Pot Still Spice and summer fruits, a deep finish fading into spiced oak and butterscotch.' Serve straight, on-the-rocks or with a splash of water.
Light to medium amber color. Sweet aromas of red apple. Clean, tart flavors of oak, vanilla,red apple and grain. Semi-sweet, medium-long finish with caramel, grain, and smoke overtones. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Blended Irish whiskey. Derives its name from the founding date of the John Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Dublin, Ireland. Aged for 12 years in sherry wood casks and is individually selected by the Master Blender. Mellow, nutty and mildly woody bouquet. 'Sweet flavors of wood, cereal and cream take on a roasted-nut quality...' Long,sweet finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.
Aged Irish whiskey imported from Dublin, Ireland. A unique blend that began when their masters carefully selected a high proportion of Irish pot still whiskey and a rare small- batch grain whiskey, and left it to mature in flame-charred bourbon barrels. As the whiskey matured, it developed aromatic notes of charred wood, deep spices and exotic fruit to create a rich, smooth taste. Rich and full aromas, developing into the succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya. The special fruity sweetness from the grain remains consistent in the flavor, while the waves of vanilla, toasted wood and spices roll through. Serve neat or on the rocks.
Small batch, single pot-still whiskey imported from Ireland. Rich, round and robust. Fruity, spicy aromas with dry, peppery overtones. Full-flavored with honeyed spicy notes. Long, sweet and sour finish with lingering spice. 'One of the best in all Ireland. Classic stuff', in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2007. Serve straight or over ice.
Distilled and bottled by Cooley Distillery which is the only independent, Irish-owned distillery remaining in Ireland, and is also the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Made from a mixture of barley, corn, rye, wheat, oats, and lime-softened water. Soft gold color. Scents of wet cotton and spice. Sweet flavors of corn, honey wheat and toffee. Medium-long, sweet aftertaste.
Single malt Irish Whiskey. Knappogue Castle Special Reserve Vintage (the year of distillation) Whiskey was originated by Mark Andrews in 1951. Distilled twice, one batch at a time, in copper pots. Lightly chill-filtered with no coloring added. Aged in bourbon casks. Straw gold color. Aromas of fruit and honey. The flavor is soft and clean with notes of honey, malt and fruit. Clean dry finish. 'Malt Advocate'gives it 93 points and says it is 'outstanding' and 'distinctive.'
Irish Whiskey distilled at the Kilbeggan (formerly the Cooley) Distillery in County Mayo, Western Ireland. Named after the founder's red-haired mother and aunt. A blend of 80% grain and 20% malt mix which provides a sweet and complex, smooth and versatile brand. Smooth, malty, and slightly sweet with a tingle of honey and citrus. Twice-distilled and aged four years in bourbon barrels. Their trademark drink is a 'Big Ginger' - fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in 2 parts 2 Gingers Whiskey, top with ginger ale and garnish with wedges of lemon and lime. For a 'Skinny Ginger' use diet ginger ale.
Blended Irish whiskey made and bottled in Ireland. Light amber color. The nose is malty with floral, earthy and smoky notes. Mellow smoked butterscotch flavors. Medium-long finish that is smoky and sweet. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating
Honey-flavored Irish whiskey. Smooth, mellow, rich flavors of honey upfront followed by a deep palate of nutty maltiness, vanilla, and sweet toffee with a touch of spice and toasted wood. The finish is soft, grainy, and malty with a lingering aftertaste of smooth honey. Mix with ginger ale, apple cider or lemonade.
Cinnamon apple-favored Irish whiskey produced at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland. Crisp apple flavor with a 'devilish' cinnamon kick. Sweet, medium-bodied, spiced fruit flavors with the tartness and kick of earthy, spicy cinnamon followed by mellow maltiness and mild toasted wood notes. Mix with ginger beer or ginger ale, apple cider, or cranberry juice.
Whiskey imported from Ireland. First distilled in 1779 by Cork Distilleries. Distilled three times from barley and water from the Cork countryside and aged for seven years. An exceptionally mellow whiskey, distinguished by the generous proportion of single malt Irish whiskey in its blend. The taste is soft and crisp with a distinct nutty, malty and charred wood character. International whiskey connoisseur Jim Murray says Paddy is, 'one of the softest of all Ireland's whiskeys.' A good product for those wanting to be introduced to Irish whiskey. Serve straight, on the rocks, or in an Irish coffee.
Irish whiskey distilled and bottled in Midleton, Ireland. A blend of whiskies aged for 12 years or more. Triple distilled in heavy pot stills using malted and unmalted Irish barley combined with Irish spring water. Aged in oak barrels for a smooth, refined taste. 92 PTS WINE ENTHUSIAST
Imported Irish Whiskey distilled at the famed Slane Castle (a world-renowned music venue hosting the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen) in Meath, Ireland. Slane Castle Irish Whiskey was hand crafted especially for Henry VIII. Aromas of grain and spice. Sweet, biscuity flavors of dried fruits, light caramel, candied nuts, and honey with a long, lush finish. F. Paul Pacult, author of the 'Spirit Journal,' gives it four stars (Highly Recommended). A Gold Medal winner at the 2011 Irish Whiskey Masters in London.
Flavored whiskey imported from Ireland. The nose is an explosion of maple syrup, butterscotch, and butter with overtones of clove and allspice. Flavors of the same, with the butterscotch and maple in the driver's seat. There is definitely some heat (it is 100 proof) and some sweetness to this whiskey. 'Kindred Spirits 2' says it 'finishes with a notable honey taste and a parting flavor that's a little Drambuie-like' and gives it 4 stars - highly recommended. Great in Irish coffee.
A single malt Irish whskey. Made from pure malted barley at a single distillery. Named after the colt that won the 1876 Irish National Produce Stakes against 100 to 1 odds. Medium amber color. Floral fragrance with notes of citrus and grain. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet, toasty malt and a touch of caramel. Smooth, sweet finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Small-batch Irish whiskey from family-owned West Cork Distillers. Artisanally crafted whiskey, using near lost techniques such as steeping and 'repasse process' where grains are dried to intensify their flavor. They are the only Irish distiller to malt their own locally-sourced barley. Uses only water sourced for the Ilen River, flowing from Mount Mullahmesha. Aged in bourbon casks to add light vanilla notes. Sip, straight or on the rocks, or use in your favorite cocktail calling for Irish whiskey such as Irish Coffee.
Irish whiskey from Tullamore, Ireland. The Tullamore Distillery was founded in 1829. DEW stands for Daniel E. Williams one of the early general managers and later part owner of the distillery. Aged in 4 different cask types - bourbon, sherry, Madeira and port. Medium amber hue. Intensely fruity aromas. Flavors of toffee, caramel and wood. Clean medium long finish. Winner of 29 Gold Medals for quality and taste. Serve straight, over ice, or in hot coffee for an 'Irish Coffee.'
The #1 selling bonded bourbon made in Kentucky. 'Bottled in Bond' indicates that the whiskey was produced by one distillery in one distilling season, was bottled at 100 proof, matured in charred new oak barrels for at least four years, stored and bottled in a Treasury Dept. bonded warehouse and had no excise tax paid on it until it was taken out of the warehouse. 'Wine Enthusiast'gives it 92 points.
A small batch bourbon made in Kentucky using larger percentages of rye and barley in its mash. A hint of peppermint is added. A light-bodied bourbon, aged for eight years. 'Spirit Journal' says it is 'lovely... with simple notes of spice and apple.' 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it a silver medal and a 90 point rating. Brief, dry finish.
Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Made from corn, malted barley and rye and aged in charred white oak barrels for 5-6 years. Golden honey color. Light undertones of honey and golden raisins, complemented by the richness of caramelized sugar. Balanced, delicate finish. Mix 2 oz. Bird Dog Bourbon with 1 oz. fresh lemon juice in a highball glass filled with ice and top with tonic water for a 'BLT' (Bird Dog, lemon and tonic).
Created by Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam. The only bourbon bottled straight from the barrel - uncut and unfiltered. Intense flavors of oak-tannin and smoky vanilla. Lighter flavors of mocha and coffee. Aged 6-8 years. Prolonged aftertaste of fruit and nuts. Not for the faint of heart. Spring water may be added to taste. 'Wine Enthusiast' calls it a Gold Medal bourbon and gives it a 95 point rating. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** rating (highly recommended).
Bulleit Bourbon is a small-batch Kentucky bourbon made from a unique recipe developed by Augustus Bulleit over 175 years ago. Bulleit Bourbon's distinctive character is made by combining an extraordinarily high percentage of rye with Kentucky's limestone-filtered water and the highest quality grains to create a more flavorful bourbon. A bourbon that is deep russet in color with a rich, oaky aroma and hints of vanilla, honey, and spice that lead into a long, smooth finish. Kindred Spirits 2 gives it a **** (Highly Recommended) rating and says it 'should be part of every serious whiskey-lovers' collection.'
Aged bourbon whiskey distilled in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Bulleit features an extraordinarily high proportion of rye (68% corn and 28% rye with 4% of malted barley). Classic aromas of rich, toasty oak with hints of light vanilla and sweet dried fruit. Flavors of spice and caramel with notes of dried fruits. F. Paul Pacult (Spirit Journal) gives it a 5-star rating and whiskey reviewer Anthony Dias Blue gives it 94 points saying, 'This is a hard product to improve upon especially, as I mentioned, when it is meant to sell at such a moderate price.' Serve straight or on the rocks.
Single barrel bourbon whiskey made in Kentucky. Aged for 10 years. According to Kindred Spirits it has a 'gorgeous amber/chestnut-brown color...succulent, woody, dark toffee, and nut-meat aromas...charged flavors of vanilla extract, spearmint and caramel. This bourbon is not for the squeamish or the weak-kneed. **** (Highly Recommended)'
Bourbon-style whiskey from Kentucky. Established in 1860 and was the biggest selling bourbon in the U.S. during the 1950's. This was the first company to promote bourbon's mixability. Uses an 'accelerated maturation' process where the temperature and humidity of the warehouses are controlled to simulate changes of season which matures the whiskey more quickly. Also uses second-fill wood rather than new charred oak casks and therefore it can not be termed a bourbon. This gives the whiskey a smoother, lighter style.
Bourbon-style whiskey from Kentucky. Established in 1860 and was the biggest selling bourbon in the U.S. during the 1950's. This was the first company to promote bourbon's mixability. Uses an 'accelerated maturation' process where the temperature and humidity of the warehouses are controlled to simulate changes of season which matures the whiskey more quickly. Also uses second-fill wood rather than new charred oak casks and therefore it can not be termed a bourbon. This gives the whiskey a smoother, lighter style.
The second largest selling brand of straight bourbon in the U.S. Deep amber/bronze color. Aromas of fruit, oak, flowers and evergreen. Creamy, nutty, grapy flavors. Smoky, full-bodied finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey from the most awarded distillery in America. Named after the ancient buffalo trails, each barrel of Buffalo Trace is hand picked and tasted. Cork finished. Aromas of vanilla, with traces of citrus. Flavors of corn, rye, and spice. Finishes with a toasty oakiness joined by sweeter vanilla and grain notes. Double Gold Medal Winner at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Received a 93 point rating from the Beverage Tasting Institute and called, 'One of the world's great whiskies' by whiskey guru, Jim Murray, author of the Whiskey Bible.
Kentucky bourbon from the family that was the first commercial distiller in the state. Single barrel means that the bourbon is not only from a single distillery but from a single barrel that is hand selected by the master distiller. Each bottle from a different barrel can yield subtle taste differences. 'Wine Enthusiast' considers it an aperitif bourbon that is lighter-bodied and whets the appetite.
Kentucky straight, sour-mash whiskey. Made in Kentucky using a minimum of 51% corn. Mash from the previous day is used to start the fermentation process (this is sour-mash). Made from grains and limestone water. Aged for 4 years and charcoal filtered for a rich amber color and mellow flavor. Bottled at 90 proof. Uses a cork finish (stopper) like old time whiskey bottles. Serve on ice or mixed with your favorite soda.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon distilled in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Four Roses has been made since the 1860's but has been mostly exported in recent years. Four Roses blends four unique bourbon recipes to create its distinct flavor. Aromas of sweet oak and caramel with a spicy, creamy, well-balanced flavor. The Spirit Journal gives it a five-star rating (its highest) and it won gold at bothe the 2008 and 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions.
Small batch bourbon whiskey. The history of Hirsch goes back to 1753 when John Schenk started the Bomberger's Distillery in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. It's believed that Schenk supplied whiskey to George Washington's troops. The original distillery is now a tourist attraction but the whiskey continues to be produced by Anchor Distilling of San Francisco. The Spirit Journal gives Hirsch its Highest Recommendation and calls it a 'world-class spirit.' Paul Pacult says that for the price, it is 'an incredible steal.' This is a sipping whiskey though can certainly be used in a Manhattan or an Old Fashion cocktail.
Fifteen year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky made in very small batches. A blend of three bourbons, including whiskey aged up to 20 years. Aged slowly, in slightly charred barrels.Walnut color. Fruitcake-like nose with flavors of caramel, toffee and oak. Soft, round finish. This is a complex, elegant bourbon. Bottled at 90.2 proof for a robust, yet smooth, taste. Serve straight up or over ice.
Very small batch bourbon handcrafted in Kentucky. Beverage Tasting Institute says it has 'Toffee nut and olive aromas. Round and silky entry with an off dry, buoyant medium body of rich toffee, peppery brown spices, and dried currant flavors. Finishes with a rich dried fruit, sweet caramel, and spice fade with a touch of minerality. Very lively and vibrant.' They give it a Highly Recommended rating.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged for eight years in charred oak barrels, charcoal filtered and bottled at 86 proof (regular Jim Beam is aged a minimum of four years and is 80 proof). The Beverage Tasting Institute gives it 93 points for its overall nose, depth of flavor and finish.. Wine Enthusiast gave it a Superb/Highly Recommended Rating (90-95 points) in the American Whiskey Category.
Domestic clear or white whiskey celebrating the spirit of Jim Beam's founding distiller, Jacob Beam, by refining the clear whiskey he first distilled in 1795. Jacob's Ghost is not an un-aged white dog or moonshine, but a real whiskey aged 12 months in white oak barrels. Clean, crisp aroma with light vanilla and sweet corn undertones. Sweet, smooth flavor with hints of smoke and soft barrel notes on the finish. Use Jacob's Ghost instead of vodka in a cosmopolitan for a 'Ghost Cosmo.' Or, mix 1 part Jacob's Ghost with 3 parts ginger ale in a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon or lime wheel for a 'Ghost Ball.'
Small-batch bourbon whiskey from Jim Beam. A blend of 12 year old bourbon whiskies. Aromas of caramel with deep vanilla and oak notes. Unique and full-bodied flavor profile of sweet vanilla and rich robust oak with notes of oak, cinnamon and light caramel. Softer and sweeter than some of Beam's other small batch offerings like Booker's or Knob Creek. Balanced and very approachable. Meant to be enjoyed neat or on-the-rocks.
Kentucky straight bourbon. First produced by Jacob Beam in 1795. Distilled and cooked at a lower temperature to preserve its natural, mellow flavor. Aged a minimum of four years. After aging it is charcoal filtered and chill filtered. It is still made from the same formula and by the same family as it was 200 years ago. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa and peaches. Sweet, smoky, caramel flavors. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Kentucky straight bourbon. 'Devil's Cut' plays off the notion of 'angel's share,' referring to the bourbon lost to evaporation during aging. A portion of the bourbon aging in barrels gets trapped in the wood, that's what Beam calls the Devils Cut. This portion of the bourbon has rich oak and vanilla flavors. Beam's distillers have found a way to extract this premium bourbon from the barrel wood producing a bolder, darker bourbon with a slightly higher proof (90 as opposed to Jim Beam's 80). Serve straight in a whiskey tasting glass or over ice.
Single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Less than 1% of Jim Beam barrels qualify to be hand-selected for Jim Beam Single Barrel. Each barrel is individually bottled and hand-numbered. Aromas of rich, oaky vanilla with a light spiciness.Full-bodied, sweet, rich, well-balanced attributes of oak, vanilla and caramel. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content (95 proof). Serve neat or on-the-rocks.
Named for the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln. Full aromas of nuts, peaches and grain and maple syrup. Full-bodied flavors of raisins and citrus The higher proof (100) is evident with the first sip. A full-flavored, complex bourbon. 'Wine Enthusiast' rates it as a National Champion Whiskey and gives it a 93 point rating. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended).
Single barrel Kentucky Bourbon. Aged for nine years and distilled using the old fashioned techniques. Hand-selected, barrel by barrel, to find the very best expressions of Knob Creek's rich, mature character and flavor. Aromas of vanilla and caramel with smoky overtones. A higher proof (120 proof) bourbon with rich wood, nutty and vanilla notes. Serve straight or on the rocks.
Kentucky bourbon whiskey made from a blend of rye, malted barley, corn and purified water. The rye adds spiciness while the corn adds sweetness. Aged in charred, new oak barrels. Deep aromas of aged oak with a hint of vanilla. Received a 95 point rating from 'Tasting Panel Magazine' - making Lexington one of its highest rated spirits. This is a sipping whiskey, though you can certainly add ice, water, or your favorite soda.
Kentucky straight bourbon. Made in small batches at the oldest operating distillery in the U.S. Orange/bronze color. Fruity nose with essences of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut. Flavors of fruit, tobacco and caramel. Smoky finish with more caramel flavor. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended) rating.
Bourbon whiskey from Kentucky. Maker's Mark 46 starts with original Maker's Mark and adds seared oak staves (a narrow strip of wood used in forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure) to the barrels, then ages the whiskey for several more months. The result is slightly higher proof than the original (94 vs. 90) with aromas of toasty oak and caramel. Creamy flavors of caramel and vanilla and still soft on the tongue, even at 94 proof. Mix 2 parts Maker's 46 with 1 part dry vermouth and ½ part amaro (such as Averna), add a dash of maraschino liqueur and orange bitters, stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnished with an orange twist for a 'Brooklyn 46.'
A Kentucky Straight Bourbon that was the original sour mash whiskey dating back to 1835. Straight bourbon whiskey is required, by law, to contains at least 51% corn, be distilled at no more than 160 proof and to be aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels. The first major bourbon brand to offer an 86 proof bourbon to the public.
A classic sour mash bourbon made in Kentucky. Each batch is made without blends or additives, other than water, which may be added to reduce the proof. The nose is grain. Flavors of vanilla and white chocolate. Slightly sweet and definitely warm. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Kentucky straight bourbon. Amber/topaz color. Sweet, fruity nose. Intense fruit and caramel flavors. Long lasting finish of candy and nougat. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Handcrafted, small-batch bourbon from Bardstown, Kentucky. Aged 8 years in new charred oak barrels. 93.7 proof. Named for the year Kentucky became a state. Made with traditional Kentucky bourbon ingredients of corn, rye and malted barley, Ridgemont Reserve 1792 uses a higher amount of rye and malted barley to bring added dimension to the bourbon's distinct flavor. The official tasting bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for 3 years.
Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey that uses the sour mash process.
Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Lower proof than its eight year old sibling which is 101 proof. Clear amber color. Spirity, mashy, cereal nose. Easy, dry taste. Aftertaste of burnt almonds, molasses with a hint of oakiness.
A traditional bourbon made with natural ingredients including 51% corn along with barley, rye and limestone-purified water. Aged in new charred white oak barrels. A higher proof than most bourbons which means less water has been added. Cork finish. Flavors of fruit, oak and leather. Lots of flavor and texture. Kindred Spirits gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Kentucky straight bourbon that is almost 110 proof. Medium-amber/topaz color. Aromas of raisins, nectarines and oak. Subtle flavors of citrus, tart apples and spice. Long, warm finish. May be diluted with a few drops of spring water to release the bouquet. 'Kindred Spirits'
A 90.4 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Distilled at the Labrot & Graham Distillery - the smallest and oldest distillery in Kentucky. Matured in limestone block warehouses that date back to the 19th century. Deep, warm amber color. Aromas of rich, dark fruits with hints of spice, vanilla, caramel and wintergreen. Flavors of caramel, toffee, walnuts spice and oak. Soft, dry, warm finish. Some bite and heat from the spirit. Not an entry-level bourbon. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Aged bourbon whiskey. Matured in two separate charred oak barrels. The first barrel is lightly toasted - the same barrels used to age Woodford Reserve. The second barrel is deeply toasted, adding a deeper color and flavor. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, and toasted oak. Full-bodied with flavors of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices. Long, creamy finish with lingering hints of honeyed apple. This is a sipping whiskey. Serve straight, with a splash of spring water, or with a cube or two.
Blended American whiskey produced and bottled in the USA since 1870. Smooth and mellow.
American blended whiskey. Amber/burnt orange color. Sweet aromas of candy and caramel. Medium rich texture and distinctly sweet. Good for mixing.
Blended American Whiskey. Light-bodied yet rich in taste . Good in sours or Manhattans.
Clear amber/honey color. Tennessee whiskey from the makers of Jack Daniels. Rich aromas of honey, nuts and oak. Complex flavors of leather, tobacco, coffee and raisins. Warm but mellow finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.
Sour mash whiskey made in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Sour mash means that mash from the previous day is used to start the fermentation process. Filtered through sugar maple charcoal. It takes about 10 days for the whiskey to drip through the charcoal and this process mellows the whiskey. Aged a minimum of four years in charred, new white oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years. As the seasons and temperatures change, the whiskey works in and out of the charred oak which gives it its color and adds to the flavors. The Jack Daniels Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., dating back to 1866. Vanilla, caramel and almond flavors. Finishes of charcoal and honey.
The only charcoal-mellowed single barrel Tennessee whiskey made. Made from iron-free cave spring water and mellowed through 10 feet of hard sugar maple charcoal. This whiskey is not only from a single distillery but from a single barrel that is hand-selected by the master distiller. Therefore, each bottle drawn from a different barrel will yield a subtle taste difference. Each bottle is hand-labeled with its barrel number included. Flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.
Rye whiskey made in America. Bulleit 95 Straight Rye Whiskey is a small batch, 90 Proof, straight rye whiskey made with a 95% rye mash (one of the highest rye's available) from a small reserve of the Bulleit Company's finest rye stock, producing a whiskey with an unparalleled character of spice and complexity. Use in a 'Manhattan,' which originally called for rye instead of bourbon.
Small-batch Tennessee rye whiskey. The whiskey is chilled then filtered through sugar-maple charcoal creating a signature smoothness with spicy rye notes, subtle hints of sweet vanilla, and a smoky oak finish. Intense fresh grain aromas with rich fruits like cherry and date on the nose. 'First taste is met with vibrant fruit components, but also a dryness that is more spicy than it is grainy. Mid-palate is met with succulent spice and zest, balancing out the fruit notes, leaving a clean finish on the palate.'(F. Paul Pacult) Serve on the rocks or as a base for your favorite Manhattan or Old Fashioned cocktail.
Small batch rye whiskey made in the U.S. Bottled at 100 proof. Spicy, herbal aromas with rye and aged wood nuances. Distinct spicy rye flavors with vanilla and rich oak undertones. Warm, lingering spice finish. Named 'Best Rye Whiskey' at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Serve straight, over ice or in your favorite whiskey cocktail.
Rye whiskey from the #1 producer of bourbon in the world. Rye whiskey is made from 51% rye grain (bourbon is made from 51% corn), is distilled at no more that 160 proof and is stored at no more than 125 proof in new oak barrels ( bourbon is stored in new, charred oak barrels).
Straight rye whiskey distilled in Kentucky. Abraham Overholt started the brand in 1810 and is said to have been the favorite whiskey of Abraham Lincoln. Old Overholt was one of the original ingredients in popular cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Made from 51% rye. Rich flavor with a tinge of sweetness. Mix 2 oz. Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey with 2 tablespoons of sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters, shake and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass or on ice, in a rocks glass garnished with a maraschino cherry, for a 'Rye Manhattan.'
Rye whiskey produced in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Rye whiskey is a 'traditional' American spirit. At the time of George Washington's death, his estate was the largest producer of whiskey in the United States. But, with Prohibition and the availability of cheaper alternatives, rye gradually fell out of favor. Since then, rye has seen a rebirth, and small American craft distilleries have taken up the challenge to re-create the magic of this peppery and complex distillate. Mad River Rye is carefully distilled from only local and regional organic rye and rye malt using a German still to bring out delicate nuances. Pepper, yes, but also an earthiness, hints of walnut, berry and tropical spice.
White whiskey produced by Vermont Spirits Company of Quechee, Vermont. Named after the infamous Lake Champlain smuggling vessel, the Black Snake. Made with 100% Vermont-grown corn. Like many spirits commonly referred to as 'White Dog' in states with a whiskey-making heritage, Black Snake is unaged and offers a toasted aroma and a pleasing warmth on the tongue, with malted grain flavors. Mix 2 oz. Black Snake Whiskey with 2 oz. fresh pineapple juice, 1oz. fresh lime juice and 1 oz. simple syrup and garnish with a pineapple wedge for a 'Snake Bite.' (Visit their tasting room in Quechee, VT.)
Corn whiskey made in Vermont from 80% local, organic corn. The other 20% is a blend of rye, oats and malted barley (locally grown, if possible). Rested for a short time in rum barrels (which is what gives it its golden color). Slightly sweet flavors (from the corn), with hints of nuttiness (from the oats). Mix 2 oz. First Run Corn Whiskey with 12 oz. of lemonade for a 'Georgia Swamp Water' or mix 2 oz. corn whiskey with 4 oz. citrus soda (like Mountain Dew) for a 'Hillbilly Highball.'
Small batch whiskey handcrafted at Thirteenth Colony Distillery of Americus, Georgia. Traditional, premium aged corn whiskey bottled at 95 proof. Packaged in a distinctive decanter type bottle, each personally numbered by batch and release year. Made from 100% corn. Aged 18 months to 2 years in bourbon barrels. Flavors of spice and vanilla with a hint of bourbon. A silver medal winner at the International Review of Spirits Awards sponsored by the Beverage Tasting Institute. Makes a nice Manhattan or Old Fashion cocktail.
White whiskey (means it has all the ingredients of whiskey, it just isn't aged) handcrafted by Appalachian Gap distillers of Middlebury, Vermont. Made from corn, barley and rye grains, it has the nuttiness of barley, the sweetness of corn and the peppery afternotes of rye. Very flavorful but without the burn (even though it is 108 proof). Serve neat, on the rocks, or mix with Appalachian Gap's Kaffeevan Coffee Liqueur for their version of a Black Russian.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon infused with real maple flavoring. Notes of robust bourbon with sweet brown maple. Flavors of warming maple and light wood with a light, lingering caramel finish. Use instead of plain bourbon in an Old Fashioned cocktail, mix with ginger ale, or add to apple cider (with a splash of lemon sour) for a simple, tasty cocktail.
Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey blended with apple cider liqueur. Flavors of warm bourbon laced with apple cider and spices. Mix 1.5 parts of Red Stag Hardcore Cider with hot tea (or iced tea in the summer), garnish with a lemon wedge for a 'Red Cider Tea.'
Honey-flavored American bourbon. Jim Beam Honey is 70 proof Kentucky white bourbon whiskey infused with honey liqueur. Sweet on the front with a more noticeable bourbon finish. Mix Jim Beam Honey with triple sec, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and top with sparkling lemonade for a 'Jim's Honey Cooler' or use in a traditional Hot Toddy for a warming winter drink.
Cinnamon-flavored bourbon whiskey produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dark, golden amber color. Intense spicy and sweet cinnamon aroma. Full bodied with flavors of red hot spice and a warm, spicy finish. Mix 1 ½ oz Bird Dog Cinnamon Whiskey with 4 oz cider (hot or cold), ¼ oz honey, a dash of cinnamon, and garnish with a cinnamon stick for a 'Cinnamon Cider' or blend with hot coffee.
- Blackberry-flavored whiskey produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dark amber color. Aromas of rich, intense fruit-forward blackberry. Full-bodied with immediate taste of blackberries followed by vanilla, oak and traditional bourbon undertones. A Gold Medal Award winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the, still relatively small, category of 'Flavored Whiskey.' Pour 2 oz. Bird Dog Blackberry into a highball glass with ice and fill with fresh squeezed lemonade for a 'Sweetbriar Lemonade.'
Black cherry flavored bourbon from Kentucky. Four year old Jim Beam Bourbon is infused with black cherry flavors. Based on the popularity of the Bourbon Manhattan (garnished with a maraschino cherry and often with a bit of added cherry juice), cherry flavors and bourbon are a natural mix. Flavors of corn sweetness and oak accented by a hint of black cherry. Mix with cola for an adult version of a 'Cherry Coke.'
A blend of the finest whiskies with a touch of natural honey and other natural flavors. A delicious taste experience, especially for entry level whiskey drinkers. Mix with cola for a 'Tall, Dark and Smooth' or with 1/2 oz lime juice for a 'Honey Lime.'
Straight bourbon whiskey from Smugglers' Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, Vermont. Aged in new charred white oak barrels for a minimum of four years. Smooth, yet complex. Crafted through careful aging and exacting blending. Distinctive flavors of corn, rye and malted barley blended with pure water from nearby Mount Mansfield. Smooth, creamy flavors of oak and vanilla. Serve straight up or over ice. (Visit them in Jeffersonville, VT.)
Small-batch, smoked maple-flavored Kentucky bourbon. A tribute to Master Distiller Booker Noe who, when not making bourbon, was thinking of what tasted better with his bourbon - namely smoked meats and maple syrup. The smoky maple elements are more of a finish than a flavor, so this is a full-bodied bourbon with notes of maple that lift to smoke and are complemented with flavors of rich vanilla and caramel. Mix 2 parts Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon with 1 part triple sec and 2 parts fresh lemon sour for a 'Maple Sidecar.'
Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey infused with cinnamon liqueur. Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is 70 proof and has an aroma of hot candied cinnamon. Intense sweet cinnamon flavors with subtle bourbon notes and a fiery kick. Smooth finish with warm bakery cinnamon overtones. Mix 1 part Jim Beam Kentucky Fire with 3 parts ginger ale in a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wedge for a 'Great Beam on Fire.'
Apple-flavored American whiskey. Dark golden color. Fresh aromas of warm apple and cinnamon flavors. Flavors of sweet and savory apples infused with the finest bourbon. Mix 1.5 oz. Bird Dog Apple with 2 oz. apple cider in a glass over crushed ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with an apple slice for a 'Colchester Cider.'
Bourbon produced in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. This is their special Vermont take on the liquid gold so associated with Appalachia. They use only locally-sourced organic corn and mature their bourbons on site in the clear, clean air of Vermont. No shortcuts are taken. They ferment, distill and age all their products and their bourbon is no different. They use an all-organic four grain mash bill designed to provide depth, spiciness, smoothness, earthiness and a long, long mellow finish. Use in your favorite bourbon cocktail or serve over ice.
Blended whiskey from Scotland infused with natural honey flavors. Dewar's Highlander Honey is a blend of Dewar's White Label Scotch Whiskey infused with honey harvested from the nearby town of Aberfeldy. Velvety, mellow character with influences of juicy fruits. Sweet, but still retains a bit of scotch whiskey bite. Serve neat, over ice, or with cola.
Old fashioned moonshine (un-aged corn whiskey) hand-crafted in the southern tradition by Firefly Distillery of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. This is the real thing at 100.7 proof! Mix with fruit juices, like orange or cranberry, or with your favorite soda (lemon/lime is good). Or, mix 2 parts Firefly Moonshine with 3 parts cream soda for a 'Creamed Corn.'
Cinnamon-flavored Tennessee whiskey, using Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 as a base. Aromas of fiery hot cinnamon and mellow Jack Daniel's. Flavors of red hot cinnamon complemented by the authentic taste of Jack Daniel's whiskey with just the right amount of sweetness. Great in a Hot Toddy (you won't need the cinnamon stick, unless you want it for a garnish) or mix with Jack Honey, ginger ale, or apple cider (hot or cold).
Cinnamon-flavored American blended whiskey. Whiskey kicked up with the flavor of sweet cinnamon candy. A distinctive punch of spicy ground cinnamon that dials up the warm, woody whiskey character of the whiskey. Mix with cola and garnish with a wedge of fresh lime. Or, mix 1.5 oz. Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon Whiskey with 1 oz. heavy cream and 3 oz. chai tea in a mug (if hot - in a glass with ice, if cold) and garnish with grated nutmeg for a 'Whipped Weed.'
Maple bourbon whiskey made by Vermont Spirits Company of Quechee, Vermont. Straight bourbon whiskey with the subtle sweetness of Vermont maple syrup, which softens the spirit and broadens its appeal to a variety of palates. The bourbon is aged five years in American oak barrels then blended with maple syrup to round out the flavor profile. (This is not a sweet flavored whiskey.) Smooth and fragrant. Mix 1 oz. No.14 Bourbon with ½ oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, 1 tsp. agave nectar and ½ oz. fresh lemon juice, and garnish with fresh rosemary leaves for a 'Vermont Ginger' cocktail. (Visit their distillery in Quechee, VT.)
Spice-flavored Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Flavors of vanilla and caramel with hints of clove and cinnamon. Bold flavors with a bit higher proof (86) than the Wild Turkey 81 proof. Unlike some other flavored whiskies, Wild Turkey Spiced is not overly sweet. Serve neat, with cola, or in a Manhattan for a different twist on a classic cocktail.
Straight rye whiskey produced in Canada and bottled in Shoreham, Vermont. Aged in new American oak barrels, made from 100% rye, and hand bottled at 100 proof. David Pickerell, formerly of Maker's Mark, is the master distiller. Aromas of allspice, ginger, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and anise with notes of charred oak and caramel. Warm, sweet and floral flavors with hints of vanilla and caramel, rye-spice and mint. The 'Spirit Journal' gives it five stars (its highest rating) and says WhistlePig is a 'sensational whiskey and straight rye at its zesty best.'
Aged rye whiskey bottled in Shoreham, Vermont. Aged for eleven years in bourbon barrels. Dark amber color. Woodsy aromas of oak, smoke, caramel and vanilla with a rich spiciness. Spicy flavors of clove, mint, anise, allspice, and ginger backed up by intense wood notes. Add a few drops of water and the spiciness steps back and a surprising note of Calvados (apple brandy) comes forward. Add a few more drops of water and hints of leather and burnt orange join the mix with a bit of dark chocolate on the finish. This is a sipping whiskey - serve straight, with spring water or just a bit of ice.
Maple syrup infused ( with locally-harvested Vermont syrup ) American rye whiskey from Saxtons River Distillery of Brattleboro, Vermont. Hand-made in small batches from aged rye whiskey, blended with maple syrup and oak aged a second time. Rich and full bodied, with a light maple finish. Serve over ice, straight up, in hot coffee or simply add some bitters, chill, and pour into a glass garnished with a maraschino cherry for a “Maple Manhattan.”
Maple syrup infused ( with locally- harvested Vermont syrup ) American bourbon made by Saxtons River Distillery of Brattleboro, Vermont. They start with 3- year-old bourbon, then blend it with maple syrup and age it a second time in American oak barrels. Rich and smooth, with a light maple finish, but without any overpowering sweetness. Serve over ice, straight up, in hot coffee or use instead of plain bourbon in an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Bourbon whiskey from SILO Distillery in Windsor, Vermont. SILO Bourbon Whiskey is distilled from Vermont corn and rye and aged in American white oak barrels. This small batch, single barrel bourbon is bold and balanced due to the small, honey-comb style barrels SILO uses. It is smokey and rich, with just enough sweetness from the natural wood sugars, and is best enjoyed with friends. (Visit the distillery in Windsor, VT).
White Whiskey from Silo Distillery in Windsor, Vermont. Premium, flavorful spirit with a hint of sweet grain flavor. Made from locally grown grains sourced in the Connecticut River Valley, a region known for its rich soil and naturally clean water. White whiskey has all the makings of a regular whiskey, without the aging in oak barrels, which is what gives aged whiskey its golden color. Mix with soda or fruit juice or sip like bourbon. Or, mix 2 oz. Silo White Whiskey with 2 oz. fresh pineapple juice, 1 oz. fresh lime juice and 1 oz. simple syrup, shake with ice, shake and pour into a rocks glass garnished with fresh pineapple for a 'White Whiskey Punch.'
Aged whiskey from American Crafted Spirits (8th generation Vermonters) of Windsor, Vermont. SILO Whiskey is a 100-proof spirit with a heavy rye presence. Aged in SILO's spent bourbon barrels to the Master Distiller's desired proof, this spirit is surprisingly smooth and warm. Best served up on a cold winter's night by the wood stove.
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Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:
- Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
- Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.