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Bainbridge Yama American Single Grain Barley Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask, 45% Price: $495.00

Brand: Bainbridge
Category: Craft Whiskey

This high-end whiskey exhibits restrained oak, elegance, and delicateness, with wonderful poached pear, cereal, crème caramel, floral, and lemon chiffon cake aromas that yield to a bright beam of tart, mouthwatering citrus—clementine, lemon, and yuzu—tingling with allspice. Bright, light, and lively, but not lacking in complexity, finishing with marshmallow, toasted almond, and marzipan. Very pretty! American single grain whiskey aged in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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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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87

Grand Traverse Ole George Double Barrel 100% Straight Rye, 46.5% Price: $64.00

Brand: Grand Traverse
Category: Craft Whiskey

The quality is instantly discernable, even as the rye grain takes a back seat to layered aromas of cherry and dark currant, coupled with sweet notes of brown sugar and treacle underscored by fresh oak, toasted spices, and dark chocolate. Beyond its richness and depth, this beams bright and lively on the palate as grapefruit zest meets rye bread, followed by a finish of harmonized sweetness and spice. Aged 3 years in American oak; finished in French oak. (Distillery only)
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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87

Westland Garryanna, 56.2% Price: $125.00

Brand: Westland
Category: Craft Whiskey

This holds real promise for the scotch lover. Interesting vanillin oak, peaty phenols, and adhesive bandage balance the generous, sweet malt foundation. Robust on the palate, but far from fiery, the mouth coating peat takes charge of the marshmallow-sweet malt, before dusty cocoa and dark chocolate win out across the long finish. Like other Westland efforts, this tries hard on many fronts and succeeds on some. It’s hard to deduce what the Oregon Quercus Garryana oak actually brings to the whole.
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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87

Tom’s Foolery Ohio Straight Bourbon (barrel 19), 61.5% Price: $60.00

Brand: Tom's Foolery
Category: Craft Whiskey

With 4 years 3 months of age, this is a fine selection, with poached pear, stone fruit, brown sugar, and floral aromas nicely integrated. At cask strength, it serves up a bold and spicy punch to the palate, with peppery notes that quickly overpower the dried corn, treacle, and caramel sweetness. A little water allows that sweetness to shine through before the slightly tannic finish of drying oak and black walnut. (Lincoln Road Package Store exclusive)
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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86

Grand Traverse Islay Rye, 45% Price: $49.00

Brand: Grand Traverse
Category: Craft Whiskey

Once you get over any initial disappointment (there is no peat smoke), this is one engaging and mouthwatering whiskey; clean with malty cereal notes, golden raisins, bread dough, and freshly-sawn oak. The real clincher, however, is the captivating wisp of saline sea breeze echoing across a warming finish of cherry hard candies, rye spice, and salt brine. Medium-bodied, fresh, and delicious. (Distillery only) 375ml
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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86

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

Brand: John Myer
Category: Craft Whiskey

Crafted from estate-farmed organic grain and aged for 2 years. The flavors are impressively seamless, with nice complexity and everything neatly in its place. Fresh oak is well integrated with notes of orange rind, rosewater, sweet corn, and red fruits. The slick, buttery palate sizzles with peppery spice—cinnamon hearts candies and ginger. Robust in flavor, while showing impressive craftsmanship and polish. 375ml
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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86

Middle West Spirits Double Cask Collection OYO Oloroso Wheat (Batch 2), 51% Price: $80.00

Brand: Middle West Spirits
Category: Craft Whiskey

Lavish red fruit and sherry blanket this whiskey, initially aged in American oak barrels followed by 12-18 months in oloroso sherry casks, to approach 5 years age in total. It may be the light toast of the initial barrels that allows this wheat whiskey to stand up exceptionally well, developing seamless flavors of figgy pudding, walnuts, chocolate-covered raisins, cacao nibs, and maple candy, culminating in a finish that nicely balances fruit and leathery oak. Carries its proof nicely.
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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86

Copperworks American Single Malt (release 001), 52% Price: $60.00

Brand: Copperworks
Category: Craft Whiskey

The appealing nose features pretty biscuit notes, great purity of malt, and golden, honeyed sweetness, before adding some flavors of citrus blossom, clover, and cardamom with hints of licorice. On the palate, the initial sweet malt quickly turns herbal, with marjoram and a distinct sage note that lingers through a long finish of salt-tinged sweetness. Aged 2 years, 6 months in full-size charred oak.
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Sea Fog American Whiskey, 45% Price: $45.00

Brand: Sea Fog
Category: Craft Whiskey

This whiskey portrays its coastal origin with a lovely sea-air quality that vies for attention with brown sugar, beeswax, and delicate smoke notes. Gentle peatiness weaves through the cocoa-tinged honeyed malt on the palate, culminating in a smoldering finish, where the mouthwatering saltiness seals the deal. Nicely integrated and well balanced, with fine pot still character. A single malt of pale and peated malts, aged 7 years in bourbon barrels.
(Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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