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Ransom Whiskey, 46.7% Price: $59.00

Brand: Ransom
Category: Craft Whiskey

Nuts, plum, dried red fruits, plump berries, and oak on the nose, while the palate pours lush and fruity, with a sherry-like quality with pot still richness. Cigar wrapper, wet walnuts, and pine emerge to ride the wave of vanilla, soft malt, and spice-laced baked fruits. Offers the fruity allure of a Speyside malt coupled with American bravado for a long resinous and fruity finish.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Ransom The Emerald 1865 Batch 1, 43.8% Price: $90.00

Brand: Ransom
Category: Craft Whiskey

Made from an Irish whiskey recipe from 1865 (“dug up” by David Wondrich), with malt, raw barley, rye malt, and rolled oats, distilled in an alembic pot still. Amber with a distinct red/pink cast to it. Very fruity nose—greengage plum, mulberry, sweet orange—with creamy vanilla. Tastes of sweet cereal with a firm bitter keel; the fruit returns as an echo in the finish. A very craft beer-like whiskey; challenging, interesting, unexpected. A bit brash, but worth investigating.
(Fall 2014) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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