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John Myer New York Straight Rye Single Barrel, 45% Price: $42.00

Brand: John Myer
Category: Craft Whiskey

Fresh oak, sweet malt, caramel, and spiced cherries flirt with cracked pepper on the nose, while the smooth and sweet palate offers up clean flavors of citrus zest, butterscotch, drying oak, and saddle leather. Pleasantly herbal and licoricey on the palate with a perky cinnamon-spice finish. Nicely executed. 70% rye with certified organic grain. 375ml
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Cask Strength (barrel 48), 57% Price: $78.00

Brand: A. D. Laws
Category: Craft Whiskey

An intense nose offers complexity with minty herbal notes, licorice, fresh-sawn oak, and peppery spice at the forefront, giving way to pithy orange peel on the palate. With a bit of water to subdue the punch, this becomes impressively smooth and fruity, revealing sandalwood aromas and offering a lovely, long finish of candied orange and sweet chocolate-covered cherries. 60% corn, 20% wheat, 10% rye, 10% barley.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Two Lanterns American Whiskey 4 year old, 43% Price: $120.00

Brand: Two Lanterns
Category: Craft Whiskey

An intriguing whiskey, this smells like a flat, warm beer that was so good you still want to drink it the next day. Triple distilled from Samuel Adams Boston Lager, the hop notes are quite identifiable and really work well, imparting citrus, pine, and floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with marshmallow sweetness, stone fruits, guava, and passion fruit, sprinkled with sea salt. Unusual, yet delicate, lively, and almost refreshing.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Two James Spirits Catcher’s Rye, 49.4% Price: $60.00

Brand: Two James
Category: Craft Whiskey

Cereal grains, flour-dusted breadboard, fresh cut hay, horehound lozenge, and apple pie. The appearance of Fig Newtons cookie and toasted rye bread flavors nicely complements green peppercorn spice and an herb garden edge, with good length to the salted-caramel and sweet maple finish. Pot distilled from 100% Michigan rye and aged in full-sized barrels. It’s just a touch green, but drinking nicely and totally on track. More patience will pay dividends.
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Five & 20 Spirits Rye (batch 3), 45% Price: $50.00

Brand: Five & 20
Category: Craft Whiskey

There is lovely freshness here, with sawn oak, bread dough, and baking spice aromas. Despite the generous 80% rye content, the malt component really comes through, offering good backbone, creamy caramel sweetness, and approachability. A streak of pleasingly peppery rye is balanced with sweet vanilla, leading to a lively finish with mint and chocolate malt balls.
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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John Myer New York Straight Wheat Single Barrel, 45% Price: $42.00

Brand: John Myer
Category: Craft Whiskey

Soft and sweet; ripe apricot, honeyed porridge, and sweet vanilla take the lead, with a palate that elicits warm peach cobbler sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. There is lots of freshly-sawn oak apparent throughout, but ample fruit keeps this whiskey juicy right through a pleasantly spicy finish. Fruit forward, smooth, and lovely; a real eye-opener for a whiskey of 100% soft white winter wheat. 375ml
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Bottled in Bond (batch BBL #4), 50% Price: $75.00

Brand: A. D. Laws
Category: Craft Whiskey

A nice jolt of violets, pepper, and sawn oak on the nose is underscored by some green stick and leafy sassafras notes, turning a bit more dark and chewy on the palate, with caramel, figgy fruit, green peppercorns, and a long and bold finish dominated by dark chocolate. Softens up nicely with water, and reveals more fruitiness.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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High West Valley Tan (batch 3), 43.5% Price: $50.00

Brand: High West
Category: Craft Whiskey

Wheat has been swapped for oats in this release, but the agenda remains the same, a very primary whiskey with grain at the forefront and just a hint of oak roundness to the surprisingly creamy palate. Fresh flour, violet candies, hints of clove spice, and persistent sweetness, the palate gives the impression of warm breakfast cereal laced with banana and lemon, a testament to the quality of the distillate.
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Sons of Liberty Uprising Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish (Batch 2), 46% Price: $30.00

Brand: Sons of Liberty
Category: Craft Whiskey

The nose of this mahogany-hued ‘single-malt’ portends dense and chewy flavors of brown sugar, dates, and toasted walnuts. It’s a bit fiery on the palate, where it unleashes a rush of dried fruits, smoke, and spice. While some raw spirit character peeks through, this unconventional whiskey holds appeal for its originality, with a stout-like crescendo of coffee and mocha on the very long finish.
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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John Myer Four Grain, 45% Price: $45.00

Brand: John Myer
Category: Craft Whiskey

Mashbill of 47% corn, followed by rye, wheat, and barley. Aromas of golden fruit with grassy freshness (hay and floral notes) turn a bit more plump and juicy on the palate, with apricot, raspberry, and some tropical fruit—pineapple and mango—emerging. Orange-peel citrus character is lifted by white pepper spice before the oak-laden, leathery, drying finish.
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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