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Redemption Barrel Proof Rye (Batch #1), 61% Price: $80.00

Brand: Redemption Rye
Category: Rye Whiskey

Redemption repeats their barrel-proof MGP-sourced 95% rye, now at 7 years old. Has a year significantly changed last year's 90-point outing? Oak is more subdued and the pepper floats on sweet, light caramel. It is still quite nice at full-bore, no water needed. Sweet vanilla and bitter rye oil blend surprisingly well; this is hitting the bells, and it's better integrated. Big, swaggering, and sporting big-barrel maturity. Can go toe-to-toe with almost any rye out there.
(Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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Redemption Barrel Proof Rye 10 year old, 55.1% Price: $180.00

Brand: Redemption Rye
Category: Rye Whiskey

Redemption delivers a 10 year old, barrel proof rye (sourced from MGP); the bottled whiskey is mingled from only six barrels. Nose of hot, bitter rye spice and caramel with oak. Great whambam! feel of sweet whiskey followed immediately by oily, spicy rye, which then controls the flavor and finish without dominating. Not over-oaked, and these older MGP barrels are finally showing what 95% rye can do. At 6 years, it could be a high-rye bourbon; this simply shouts rye. Fascination.
(Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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92

Drambuie 15, 43% Price: $60.00

Brand: Drambuie
Category: Flavored Whisky & Liqueurs

Hugely different from the standard Drambuie: much more dryly herbal, and the whisky's right here in the nose...and yet, they are distinctly related in the base character of the herbs. The whisky is quite present — 15 year old Speyside malts shine like the sun on rippling water — but the flavors of Drambuie are clear as well. Still sweet, but the whisky is much more the star. A Drambuie for us?
(Spring 2012) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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92

Baker’s, 53.5% Price: $47.00

Brand: Baker's
Category: Bourbon/Tennessee

Rich, multi-layered nose: vanilla, cornmeal, berries (black raspberries, wineberries), and broad-shouldered oak. Powerful, but not overproof hot in the mouth; controlled. The berries sing a high counter-melody over the corn-oak beat as the whole experience rocks along. It’s powerful, sweet, authoritative, and finishes with a reprise of it all: berries, corn, vanilla, and stronger oak. Mature, complete bourbon with a 7 year age statement, and a real sleeper in the Small Batch Collection.
(Fall 2014) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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92

Wyoming Barrel Strength Bourbon (Barrel 443), 58% Price: $199.00

Brand: Wyoming
Category: Craft Whiskey

An authoritative nose: deep oak structure, cracked corn, warehouse reek. Minty and lively, but deep and almost ponderous at the same time, and not anywhere near as hot as expected. A bare hint of mustiness (which a bit of water helps wash out) keeps it from being truly exceptional, but this verges on greatness. A show-stopper.
(Spring 2016) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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Barrell Whiskey Batch 001, 61.25% Price: $59.00

Brand: Barrell Whiskey
Category: Miscellaneous

7 year old whiskey (an unspecified “corn, rye, and malted barley” mashbill “distilled in Indiana”) aged in used barrels. Maple syrup, well-browned popovers, and Canada mint lozenges in a boozy-hot nose. Richly sweet on the palate: pastry dough, hints of anise, buttery and slightly-burnt cornbread, syrupy dark fruits: complex, rich, delicious. Water brings out more of the dough and tames the heat. Delicious, unique, intriguing. Sourced whiskey.
(Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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91

Crown Royal XR (LaSalle), 40% Price: $130.00

Brand: Crown Royal
Category: Canadian

Vanilla and oak nose, with a creamy layer of mint that warns you: Rye Ahead. And what a sweet rye wave it is, rolling in with green mint and grass, more bourbony oak and vanilla, lively spice on the top (with enough heat to keep it bold), and a finish that brings everything together. Beautifully integrated, and not overly woody, a tribute to the blending art of Canadian distillers.
(Fall 2012) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, 43.4% Price: $150.00

Brand: Wild Turkey
Category: Bourbon/Tennessee

A very pricy (for Wild Turkey) 17 year old whiskey honoring master distiller Jimmy Russell. Nose is hot for the proof, with oak, dried barrel drool, warm dried corn, tobacco barn, and teaberry. Entry is not hot; rather, a thread of sweet syrup spreads out into thoroughly integrated corn and oak. Finish slides into drier oak. A fascinating journey through bourbon flavors, this is both lighter and more complex than expected. I still prefer younger Wild Turkey, but…
(Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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Heaven Hill Select Stock Barrel #44823, 64% Price: $150.00

Brand: Heaven Hill
Category: Bourbon/Tennessee

An 8 year old wheated bourbon, finished 27 months in Frapin cognac casks. A dark, opulent nose: cocoa, crushed sweet cherry, and vanilla custard, laced with cinnamon and fired with the alcohol heat. My, my…it’s even enjoyable at full proof, and delivers the sweet promise on a solid bed of oak and heat. Heaven Hill’s getting good at these finishes. Expensive, but impressive. (Kentucky Bourbon Affair bottling; others are similar—Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center only)
(Fall 2014) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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Rock Town Single Barrel Reserve Rye (Barrel 22), 57.9% Price: $60.00

Brand: Rock Town
Category: Craft Whiskey

Cask-strength rye made from Arkansas-grown grain, aged 26 months. Must be a small barrel; it’s quite dark. Nose of crushed rye grain, well-polished oak furniture, and moist rye bread. Swift and certain in the mouth: dense, chewy flavors of rye bread, sweet and full and bitter, crackling with oak spice, and drawing to a sizzling finish. I do like a small distiller whiskey that knows where it’s going. Very impressive.
(Summer 2016) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson

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