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Ezra Brooks "Old Ezra" 7 year old Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - [WA 94, #7 Top 20 of 2019]
Ezra Brooks "Old Ezra" 7 year old Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - [WA 94, #7 Top 20 of 2019]
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94 Points & #7 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
Old Ezra’s owner, Luxco, historically has played the role of whiskey négoçiant, sourcing liquid from third-party distillers. In 2018, the company opened its own distillery in Bardstown, Ky., where it’s now laying down whiskey. While we wait for it to mature, we’ll happily savor the sourced version. This is Ezra Brooks’ first ever barrel-proof bourbon, and it’s a beauty. A spice storm of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and roasted pecan greets the palate, easing into sweet notes of melted caramel, chocolate, macaroons, marzipan, and crème brûlée. Earthy hints of sandalwood and tobacco complete the finish, making this everything a great bourbon should be. —David Fleming
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Matsui Single Malt Peated Whisky (Japan)
Matsui "The Peated" Single Malt Whisky (Japan) - [WA 90, #19 Top 20 of 2019]
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90 Points & #19 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
"Kurayoshi Distillery lies between Osaka and Hiroshima in the foothills of Mount Daisen, where it produces single malt whiskies brought to proof with soft, mountain spring water. The label, adorned by Hokusai’s The Great Wave, portends this whisky’s rush of flavor: satisfyingly smoky, with noticeable structure and complexity. Kippers on the nose, with burnt aromatic grasses, cocoa, and jellied fruits, and a smoky palate of red apple, ginger, pepper, orange, and mango. Smoke writhes like a serpent on the finish, sliding off the walls dripping with sweet tropical fruits." —Jonny McCormick
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Aberlour a'Bunadh Alba Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Speyside, Scotland) - [WA 93, #5 Top 20 of 2019]
Aberlour a'Bunadh Alba Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Speyside, Scotland) - [WA 93, #5 Top 20 of 2019]
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93 Points & #5 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
"The yin to Aberlour A’bunadh’s yang, this cask-strength single malt is matured entirely in bourbon casks rather than sherry. The result is a bracingly pure whisky with deceptive simplicity; its flavors are clean and its structure precise, but it’s far from boring. The nose recalls black-and-white cookies, vanilla-frosted yellow cake, and shortbread with caramel topping, along with honeysuckle, jasmine, and coconut cream. Mouth-coating and full, it has flavors of poached pear, malt balls, nougat, lemon curd, toasted coconut, and hints of spice. Vanilla, chocolate, and nut flavors are almost endless on the finish. Add water, or don’t: this is delicious either way." — Susannah Skiver Barton

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The Glenlivet "Enigma" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) [Speyside, Scotland] - [WA 93, #8 Top 20 of 2019]
The Glenlivet "Enigma" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) [Speyside, Scotland] - [WA 93, #8 Top 20 of 2019]
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93 Points & #8 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
A riddle inside a bottle, this release follows Glenlivet’s previous mystery series bottlings Alpha, Cipher, and Code. Packaged in a jet-black bottle and box that look part Arthur C. Clarke monolith and part 3-D cryptic crossword puzzle, it’s devoid of cask information or tasting notes by design. The best solution is to open it and unlock the whisky’s secrets. Classic Glenlivet notes of lemon curd, melon, fresh peaches, bitter orange, and baked apples on the nose, followed by a smooth, creamy palate of marshmallow, toasted almond, marzipan, and lemon iced tea. The long, vibrant finish is replete with crème brûlée, sultana, cinnamon, and tropical fruit. —Jonny McCormick

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