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Crown Royal Noble Collection 13 year old Blenders’ Mash (750 mL) - [#5, Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Crown Royal Noble Collection 13 year old Blenders’ Mash (750 mL) - [#5, Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
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Whisky Advocate:
This truly outstanding Canadian whisky is sold exclusively in the U.S. The Crown Royal blending lab has so perfected the art of blending that each whisky becomes a seamless unit. Blenders’ Mash is a rare opportunity to taste a component of that unit. Distilled from 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley, then matured in new oak, this whisky is massive and bourbon-like. It ages slowly in Canada’s cold winters for 13 years, becoming very complex, yet not too woody. Rather, it is packed with creamy caramels, vanilla, gingery white pepper, dark fruits, floral tones, and accenting barrel notes. —Davin de Kergommeaux
Artisan Wine Depot Single Bourbon Barrel Select Rye Whiskey
Artisan Wine Depot (High West) "Barrel Select" Rye Whiskey ex-Bourbon Barrel Finish
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Description:
  • -Three year additional aging beyond High West Double Rye
  • - ABV 53 / 106 proof versus 46 ABV / 92 proof for Double Rye
  • - AWD Single barrel Select previous use: 9 year MGP bourbon single use barrel (butter, vanilla, bourbon notes)
  • - Distillate Sourcing: High % High West Estate Sourced vs External Distillary Purchased
  • - Additional aging ala Rendezvous rye or Boureye vs Double rye
  • - Includes more estate distilled product than purchase product of previous releases of Double Rye
  • - Mashbill is 2 year 95% high Rye / 5% Maletd barley blended with 7 year old 53% rye / 37% corn
  • - 2 year rye for spices like cinnamon, clove, anise - 7 year rye/corn - for carmel / vanilla
  • - MGP Sourced High Rye Whiskey distillate used in Angel’s Envy, Bulleit, George Dickel, Redemption, Smooth Ambler, & Templeton Ryes.

Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Indiana) - [#10 Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Indiana) - [#10 Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Retail Price: $150.00
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Whisky Advocate:
Swirls with the smells of a county fair—candy apples, peanuts, caramel, spiced cookies, and old barn boards, redolent with maturity and complexity. More childhood favorites appear on the palate: cinnamon Red Hots, grape soda, blackberry candy, chocolate-covered caramels, candy apple, and roasted corn, with lush oak rounding out into a peppery finish of cherry cola and roasted pecans. Given the barrel proof, this takes water well. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery bottles the Belle Meade line of bourbons, sourced from MGP Distillery. Each batch of Cask Strength Reserve averages around 1,000 bottles; ABV varies between 55% and 60%. —Susannah Skiver Barton
Rampur Vintage Select Casks Indian Single Malt Whisky (750 ml) - [#5 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Rampur Vintage Select Casks Indian Single Malt Whisky (750 ml) - [#5 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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93 Points & #5 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Indian single malt distillers like Amrut and Paul John turn out first-rate whiskies that measure up to the most venerable names in scotch. Rampur, a single malt from Radico Khaitan Distillery in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the newest ambassador for this blossoming whisky nation. Indian-grown six-row barley provides biscuity malt aromas that undergird a cornucopia of tropical melon, papaya, and soft yellow jackfruit. The oily palate coats the mouth with cocoa, grilled pineapples, hibiscus blossoms, and tingling spices. With its exceptional, long finish, Rampur may set America on a path to truly appreciating Indian whisky’s style and terroir." - Susannah Skiver Barton
Glenmorangie "Astar 2017" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) - [#2 Whiskey Advocate Top 10 of 2017]
Glenmorangie "Astar 2017" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) - [#2 Whiskey Advocate Top 10 of 2017]
Retail Price: $200.00
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About the Scotch:
In 2008, on our ceaseless quest for perfection, we created Glenmorangie Astar (Scots Gaelic for “journey”), a single malt entirely matured in bespoke oak casks, which were designed to deliver perfection in the final spirit. Today, in its triumphant return, we renew our homage to the power of wood. The Astar’s extraordinary casks are hewn from hand-selected slow-grown oak trees from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, and meticulously crafted to exacting specifications, to ensure they impart their maximum flavour to our delicate Highland spirit. Although the silken depths of its first release delighted connoisseurs, such casks are so rare that it has taken years to orchestrate its renaissance. In 2017, The Astar’s triumphant, limited-edition return brings a newfound richness and complexity to this smooth, creamy and long celebrated single malt
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (200th Anniversary) - [#4 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (200th Anniversary) - [#4 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Retail Price: $175.00
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94 Points & #4 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Conventional wisdom suggests that Lagavulin is at its peak at 16 years of age. However, this superlative 12 year old confirms why many consumers like their Lagavulin younger. This is Lagavulin at its very best: bold, yet complex and satisfying; full of character, with smoky, savory, maritime, sweet vanilla, and fruit notes all merging into a balanced and eminently drinkable whole. It takes a few drops of water well, releasing burnt grass aromas and more palate sweetness. The Diageo Special Releases are not known to be bargains, but this Lagavulin is sensibly priced, and the greatest all-around value from the 2017 lineup." - Gavin Smith

Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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90 Points & #19 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"The first blended malt to carry the Chivas Regal name was created as a tribute to the legacy of the five master blenders, from Charles Howard in 1895 to Colin Scott. Malts from five of Pernod Ricard’s Speyside distilleries (Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval) were used to create intricate and elaborate flavors. Even more enchanting than the story are the aromas of fresh red apple, cherry, peach, and mango, mingled with cinnamon and dry heather. This luxurious whisky delivers dark vanilla, soft fruits, chocolate-dipped Brazil nuts, and is cloaked in sumptuous layers of caramel, wood spices, and gingersnaps. Outstanding." - Jonny McCormick

Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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91 Points & #15 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Delivering a buttery mouthfeel with toasted rye and baking spice notes, Peerless is the only craft producer on our list. It’s hard to pinpoint why this young rye succeeds where others fail, but one point of difference is the use of sweet mash fermentation, rather than the much more common sour mash technique, where spent mash is added to the new fermentation. Furthermore, the Peerless warehouse achieves temperatures upward of 110 degrees. Whatever the technical reasons, Peerless is paving the way and we expect more craft distillers to join them." - Fred Minnick

Wild Turkey "Decades" Bourbon (750 mL) - [#3 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Wild Turkey "Decades" Bourbon (750 mL) - [#3 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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94 Points & #3 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Wild Turkey often exhibits a delightful earthiness, and when earth meets sweet in whiskey, it’s a beautiful thing. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades achieves a rich texture where deep-tilled soil, fresh-cut grass, and mushrooms meet leather and dark chocolate, followed by dill, oregano, and oak. Caramel and vanilla explode over a heavy dose of cinnamon. Master distiller Eddie Russell mingled barrels ranging from 10 to 20 years old in order to strike this balance and complexity. His method displays the potential of combining extremely old stocks into batches with younger barrels to build a great whiskey." - Fred Minnick