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Wild Turkey’s master distiller Jimmy Russell has famously claimed that bourbon tastes best between 8 and 12 years old, saying “I tend to not like bourbons aged longer than 12 or 13 years because they lose the caramel and vanilla flavors.”

So far, that attitude has meant that Wild Turkey has largely missed out on the mega-aged, mega-priced bourbon gold rush we’re in the midst of. Now, with their release of the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep expression, they’re getting in on the action while staying true to their belief that good bourbon should have flavors other than oak.

Master’s Keep is 17 years old, making it the Among the oldest bourbon Wild Turkey has released to date. The twist is that these barrels have been aged in three different warehouses: two wood warehouses, which expose the spirit to the temperature and humidity fluctuations that accelerate aging, plus a warehouse made of stone.

Stone is a better insulator than wood, which means the temperatures inside a stone building are generally cooler and don’t fluctuate quite as wildly as those in a wooden one. A damp stone warehouse is closer to a typical aging environment for Scotch than for bourbon, and this whiskey saw the drop in strength you might expect for well-aged Scottish whisky, evaporating from 107 proof down to 89 proof. It was bottled at 86 proof.

Color: A rich, golden medium amber

Nose: Intense caramel, blackberry, and vanilla ice cream. Quite solvent and intense for how low proof the spirit is. With water the aroma became more focused and nuanced, with stronger red berry and cinnamon notes supported by spicy oak.

Flavor: Lots of caramel in the front palate segues to apricot, dark chocolate bitterness, and lingering ginger heat. Though its caramel-forward nose and palate suggests sweetness, this spirit is dry as a bone. There’s a sturdy oak character, especially in the finish, with a somewhat rye-like heat and spiciness that’s thankfully free of sawdust notes.

Despite its age this is still a fairly rough-hewn whiskey, and retains a lot of the typical Wild Turkey character. While certainly enjoyable, there isn’t a lot of “wow” to it despite the unique origin story.

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W.L. Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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W.L Weller 12 Year

W.L Weller 12 Year

W.L. Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is The Original Wheated Bourbon. Substituting wheat for rye and featuring an exceptionally smooth taste. Aged for 12 years and bottled at 90 proof. Distilled

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HENNESSY 250 COLLECTOR’S BLEND

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HENNESSY 250 COLLECTOR’S BLEND

Commemorating our 250th anniversary, the Hennessy 250 Collector’s Blend pays full tribute to two-and-a-half centuries of excellence, international expansion, and visionary passion. This distinctive cognac is the product of an exceptional blending and aging process — exhibiting power on the palate with a nuanced balance, and aromatic tones ranging from bitter orange and freshly grated nutmeg, to licorice, dried peppermint leaf, and spices. Each limited edition bottle arrives in a luxurious giftbox.

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Stagg JR 134.4

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Stagg JR 134.4

Flavor

Ample black pepper, cherry, red hot cinnamon. Brown sugar. Spicy alcohol. Solvents. Hot alcohol. Roasted.  Leather, tobacco. Charred oak. Finish is a little astringent and a bit acrid-bitterness. Burn hangs on.

Roasted, caramel, cocoa, nail polish remover, brown sugar. Slightly fruity solvents kind of dominate over the rest of the subtle stuff.

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Amrut Single Malt Whisky

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Amrut Single Malt

Amrut Single Malt

Amrut Single Malt Whisky

According to Indian Mythology, when Gods and Rakshasas – the demons – churned the oceans using the mountain Meru as churner, a golden pot sprang out containing the Elixir of Life. That was called the “Amrut” The great founders of our distillery aptly named it Amrut Distilleries. AMRUT Single Malt Whisky is a product of many years research to produce whiskies matching world standards. This whisky is made from selected Indian barley grown at the feet of the Himalayas, nurtured by the waters flowing there and cultivated by old and traditional agricultural practices. It is carefully mashed and distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aroma and matured in oak barrels in a unique tropical condition, at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level at Bangalore, the garden city of India. To retain the natural characteristics of this oak aged Indian Malt Whisky, we do not chill filter, some haze may therefore be noticed in the product. Amrut presents this product as a humble tribute to the Indian farmer, who has grown this barley with care and affection with which he has tilled the soil. We hope as a connoisseur of all good things you will appreciate this fine product at your leisure

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Sazerac Rye Whiskey

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Sazerac Rye Whiskey

Sazerac Rye Whiskey

Sazerac Rye Whiskey

Youthful and very lively. Bold, crisp, spices (mint, cinnamon, vanilla) are softened by soothing, sweeter notes (candied fruit, coconut, caramel, and rum notes), becoming dry, flinty, and spicy on the finish. It is very clean and polished, and it is superior to other rye whiskeys in this age range. Nicely done!

(Vol. 14, #4)  Reviewed by: John Hansell

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Auchentoshan

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Auchentoshan Three Wood

This unique Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt Whisky has been matured in three different cask types. Moving from American Bourbon to Spanish Oloroso Sherry – and finally Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks – Three Wood is a rich, complex whisky with incredible toffee and sherry oak flavours.

Tasting Notes:

To The Eye

Rich golden bronze.

To The Nose

Blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin.

To The Tongue

Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity.

To The End

Fresh and fruity, with long lasting oaky sweetness.

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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

Triple distilled then matured for over twelve years. Our Lowland Single Malt Whisky has the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelised toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

Tasting Notes

To The Eye

Golden honey.

To The Nose

Crème brulee, a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan.

To The Tongue

Smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime.

To The End

Gingery and slightly drying, with a pleasant lingering nuttiness.

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Van Winkle Special Reserve

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Van Winkle Special

Van Winkle Special Reserve

12 Year, 90.4

 Proof Van Winkle Special Reserve is the perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full bodied whiskey has been described by some as “Nectar”. We agree! The 12 years of aging and medium proof of 90.4 seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep. “Well crafted…elegant, stately…balanced beautifully”-Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.

Rated 98 by the Beverage Tasting Institute

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BUNNAHABHAIN 25 YEAR

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BUNNAHABHAIN 25 YEAR

BUNNAHABHAIN 25 YEAR

BUNNAHABHAIN 25 YEAR

Nose: A great, delicately refined nose. Rich fruitcake (figs and sultanas), caramel and light toffee with ginger spice, chocolate orange and perfumed saddle soap.

Palate: Soft rounded and very elegant. Nutty Jamaica cake, marzipan and custard with some caramelized demerara sugar and a chocolate malt finish.

Comments: Very enjoyable. A crowd pleaser!

Official Tasting Notes This 25 year old has an amber gold coloring with quite a Sherrie’s nose, at first, that introduces a stunning sweet caramel dessert aroma, beautifully entwined with subtle suggestions of oak and polished leather. The indulgence of sweet berries and cream ensures a wonderful mélange of tastes that progress into a roasted nut and malt feast. The finish is soft and dry with a delicate dispersal of sugar and spiced oak flavors lingering on the tongue.

 

House style: Gentle, malty, nutty and sometimes salty with an oiliness that blends well with a fresh sweetness.

Built in 1881 in an otherwise desolate area of Islay, the small village of Bunnahabhain (pronounced boon-a-hav-en) grew up to serve the new distillery. It is unusual for Islay malt, being lightly pleated in contrast to its fiery Southerly neighbors. A big contributor to Cutty Sark, Black Bottle and The Famous Grouse, Bunnahabhain is only available from the distillery as a 12 year old, although limited edition bottlings are also available from time to time.

Burn Stewart purchased the Distillery from The Edrington Group in April 2003, and have been relatively quiet about their plans but the hope is that there will be more releases from this lovely distillery. Certainly some of the aged vintages brought out have been well received.

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Talisker 25 Year

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Talisker 25 Year

Talisker 25 Year

Talisker 25 Year

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Nose: Soft for Talisker with clear whiffs of black pepper, seaweed and caramel. Also hints of iodine and woodsmoke.

 

Palate: This is medium-bodied and smooth with a subtle smoky base; the balance is perfect with hints of sweet caramel and the typical briny salinity that characterises the distillery.

 

Finish: Long, pleasing and very earthy with hints of ginger and chocolate.

 

Overall: A tasty Talisker that displays the distillery’s unique character to great effect.

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