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Chivas Regal Ultis, 40% Price: $160.00

Brand: Chivas
Category: Blended Malt Scotch whisky

Captivating, enticing, and wonderfully charming, this first blended malt from Chivas Regal contains selections of five Speyside malts: Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval. Red apple, cherry, raspberry fudge, peach and mango fruit salad, dusting of cinnamon, and dry heather sprigs. In essence, it’s rich and satisfying, with dark vanilla, apricot, Bourneville-covered Brazil nuts, and tangerine, smoothed over by caramel and wood spices, maltiness, and gingersnap biscuits. Quite heavenly. Editor's Choice
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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Redbreast 25 year old, 53% Price: $520.00

Brand: Redbreast
Category: Irish Single Pot Still

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of a Parisian retailer, this represents the most mature Redbreast of the modern era. Rich dark prunes, papaya, and the aroma of polished antique furniture. Treacle, oily and weighty, baked apple, Black Forest gateaux, char, and sizzling spices, with new flavors appearing minute by minute. Water encourages cherry to the nose and pomegranate to the taste buds. The faithful will respond to the call. (540 bottles, La Maison du Whisky only) €490
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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95

Masterson’s 10 year old Rye (batch PSA3), 45% Price: $89.00

Brand: Masterson's
Category: Canadian

This 100% rye-grain whisky is distilled in Alberta, then shipped to Sonoma, California for final touches. Finished in new American oak, batch PSA3 is one of the tastiest U.S. bottlings of Canadian rye ever. Soft caramels cushion ethereal honeysuckle, blackened firewood, and lusty rye spices on a framework of pulling oak tannins. Hugely complex, with new rewards in every sip.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Davin de Kergommeaux

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Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash (bottle 108), 58.4% Price: $5,000.00

Brand: Michter's
Category: Miscellaneous

A blend of three rye and three bourbon barrels ranging from 10 to 33 years old. Powerful and mouth-coating. Initially, a French bakery, with caramel, vanilla, and torched brown sugar dominating. Then, more complex notes, such as cinnamon roll, coconut, chocolate, slight hints of oak, allspice, hints of smoked paprika, chipotle, roasted almond, and Polish sweet bread. A long finish offers fruit and nutmeg. Tasty sipper at the perfect proof.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Fred Minnick

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94

Black Bull 40 year old 7th release, 47.6% Price: $1,400.00

Brand: Black Bull
Category: Single Malt Scotch

Jaw-dropping: Aberlour 1973, Bunnahabhain 1968 and 1969, Bowmore 1968, Caperdonich 1972, Glen Grant 1974, Glenfarclas 1966, Glenlivet 1968 and 1970, Highland Park 1967 and 1970, and Macallan 1969. It includes a 14% grain content from Caledonian 1974, Carsebridge 1970, Girvan 1974, Invergordon 1972, Lochside 1966, North of Scotland 1974, and Port Dundas 1973. An elegant, refined mélange of peach, pear, soft oak, and rose cream florals, with dark fruit, chocolate, and fine pepper. Outstanding.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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Kavalan Solist Amontillado Cask, 56.3% Price: $599.00

Brand: Kavalan
Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Floor 5 of the Kavalan warehouse is packed with their best sherry casks. The story begins with sultana, Brazil nut, vanilla pod, dates, and chocolate macaroons. The palate has ripe fruit, cherry, date, coffee, candied orange, chocolate, mocha, fruit pastilles, and some pepper, ending with bitter coffee notes. Cutting the strength provokes more citrus, though it reverts back to mocha eventually. Outstanding whisky and definitely the best of the bunch. (499 bottles)
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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93

Spice Tree Extravaganza, 46% Price: $140.00

Brand: Compass Box
Category: Blended Malt Scotch whisky

Recognizably Spice Tree, but it’s richer, more dapper, traveling in style, and wearing better shoes. Peanut brittle, toasted coconut, and pale, light sherry. Honeyed palate with caramelized sugar, red apple, and red berry fruit before the gingersnaps and clove bite. It revs up with another spicy blast for the finish. A tasty fifth Tenth Anniversary bottling from Compass Box; just don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. (12,240 bottles)
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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93

Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt, 40% Price: $60.00

Brand: Sheep Dip
Category: Blended Malt Scotch whisky

There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and burnt caramel. The wafting smoke builds until it engulfs the back of the palate. You will be wanting one of these.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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93

Kavalan Solist Moscatel Cask, 55.6% Price: $599.00

Brand: Kavalan
Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Rich and intense nose, with paradise cake, honey, dried apple, plum, and crème d’abricot. The mouthfeel is dry, nutty, and fruity, with a silky consistency. The cask strength is more noticeable here, but as it dissipates, there is some late complexity of plum skin and coffee bean with wave after effortless wave of flavor lasting for minutes on end. Finish is hot and nutty, with moist coffee grains. (499 bottles)
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

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Masterson’s 10 year old Rye (batch PSF3), 45% Price: $89.00

Brand: Masterson's
Category: Canadian

Masterson’s bottles singular rye whisky. Yes, this 100% rye-grain whisky is sourced, but finishing by 3 Badge Beverage in French oak casks makes it their own. Booming, gingery spices cavort on a creamy, leathery, almost oily palate. Snappy sour pickles and vague herbal notes contrast pointedly with sweet vanilla and hints of milk chocolate, dried black fruit, and aromatic pipe tobacco.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Davin de Kergommeaux

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