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Compass Box The Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Special Cask Strength Bottling, 54.7% Price: $120.00

Brand: Compass Box
Category: Blended Scotch Whisky

As you’d expect, solid peat is the first thing out of the glass, but this isn’t just a peat beast. Underneath are honey, dried fruit, and malt. The palate is all about balance, with honeyed malt, raisin, and oak spice all complementing smoky peat. A lush mouthfeel makes you forget it’s cask strength. A pure love note in a glass from Compass Box to Park Avenue Liquor.  (Park Avenue Liquor only)
(Summer 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hunting Hound on Holiday 4.180 24 year old 1989, 51.3% Price: $225.00

Brand: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Category: Single Malt Scotch

From the nose you can tell this is a special whisky, with old, dark, lacquered wood, dusty cigar box, and sea salt combined with dark sweet cherry and a hint of rancio. On the palate it gets even better, with lush, dark cherry perfectly balanced and integrated with oak spice, salt, and peat smoke. There’s clear rancio in the center of it all that's utterly delicious. This stunner finishes with a long, slightly spicy, and entirely lovely finish. (Park Avenue Liquor only)
(Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Exclusive Malts Speyside 25 year old 1989 Cask #3,942, 48.8% Price: $200.00

Brand: Exclusive Malts
Category: Single Malt Scotch

Exclusive Malts doesn't disclose the source distillery, which doesn't matter when you’ve got a whisky that’s a gem. Apple cider defines the nose and is complemented by ginger and iris. On the palate this whisky is lush but well balanced, with honeyed apple cider, gingerbread cookie, and baked apple. In the center of all this is rancio. Ginger spice and baked apple define the finish, which is long and flavorful. Great balance, integration, and flavor. What more can you ask for? (U.S. only)
(Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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92

Orangerie, 40% Price: $45.00

Brand: Compass Box
Category: Flavored Whisky & Liqueurs

Compass Box takes a fresh approach to flavored whisky by infusing Navalino oranges and spices into a blend of Highland single malt and single grain whisky. Bright and slightly bitter orange peel combines with vanilla, honey, and malt. The grain whisky gives nice support and structure along with black pepper, cinnamon, and clove spice. Great balance between the whisky and flavoring in a flavored whisky that is much more dry than sweet. Finally, a flavored whisky to get really excited about.
(Summer 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Tomintoul Reserve 37 year old, 43% Price: $600.00

Brand: Tomintoul
Category: Single Malt Scotch

Not what you’d expect from a malt at this age. Instead of oak dominating the nose, it's citrus in focus, with orange marmalade, candied orange, and even orange blossom. On the palate this whisky is light and delicate, leading with the citrus notes from the nose. This symphony of orange is followed with toffee, ginger, oak, and rancio in a combination that's well balanced and integrated. Unique for its age, a definite treat for those who prefer lighter and more delicate whiskies. (U.S. only, 600 bottles)
(Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Benjamin Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskey, 40% Price: $45.00

Brand: Prichard's
Category: Craft Whiskey

Although the Prichard distillery is located in Lincoln County, it has a special exemption from using the Lincoln County Process and isn’t charcoal filtered.  The nose reflects that with bright aromas including caramel, cinnamon, and oak. The entry is sweet caramel corn followed by soft cinnamon and black pepper with a boost from some oak. A medium, slightly dry finish completes a very flavorful but still extremely easy-drinking Tennessee whiskey. This is the crown jewel of the Prichard distillery line.
(Fall 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon, 45% Price: $65.00

Brand: Prichard's
Category: Craft Whiskey

Many distilleries have released bourbon finished in a second barrel, but it’s Prichard’s who was savvy enough to copyright the term “double barreled.”  As you’d expect, the nose is big oak, blending darker, more seasoned oak with lighter, new oak. The palate is unexpectedly balanced, with lush, sweet caramel in perfect sync with spicy oak, black pepper, clove, and cinnamon. That wonderful balance follows through to a medium finish that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve been chewing on a barrel.
(Fall 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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90

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 year old (cask #4535811), 50% Price: $32.00

Brand: Henry McKenna
Category: Bourbon/Tennessee

At 10 years old and 50% ABV, you’d expect this whiskey to pack a power punch, and while it does present solid oak and beautiful cinnamon spice, it does so with great finesse. This barrel of Henry McKenna is a great showcase of many classic bourbon notes: caramel, cinnamon, oak, orange, clove, and kettle corn. The flavors are well integrated, balanced, and backed by a wonderfully lush undertone. A solid finish that cools slightly caps off a textbook affable whiskey. (Drink Up New York only)
(Summer 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Bushmills Rum Cask #10623, 43% Price: $125.00

Brand: Bushmills
Category: Irish Single Pot Still

Irish whiskey and rum aren't a common combination, but Bushmills makes a strong case for it with a 19 year old whiskey finished in a rum cask. The rum's influence is clearly present on the nose, with brown sugar that supports Bushmills’ toasted malt. On the palate the rum's dark molasses complements Bushmills’ chocolate malty goodness. Everything balances out in the mid-palate with the addition of oak, which carries through to a semi-dry finish. Superb integration of unlikely cask mates.  (Park Avenue Liquor only)
(Summer 2014) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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The Exclusive Malts (distilled at Glen Garioch) 20 year old 1994 (cask #15), 56.6% Price: $160.00

Brand: Exclusive Malts
Category: Single Malt Scotch

An old-style whisky that harkens back to a time when Scotland wasn’t sliced and diced by region, but defined by style. This is meaty with a capital M, with a rich, oily, deep character. On the palate it’s big and beautiful, with salt, oyster shell, honey, roasted green pepper, smoke, dried fruit, beef jerky, leather, and oak. Earthy peat smoke dances throughout, giving support but never stealing focus. This is about as masculine as Highland whisky gets. (U.S. only)
(Summer 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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