Whiskey tasting notes, June 15, 2019

Cragganmore Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey 12 years old

80 proof

Regular Price $64.99

Sale price $58.99

“A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo’s Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.”

Jefferson’s Reserve Twin Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon

90.2 proof

Regular Price $84.99

Sale price $77.99

Released in August 2018, this release from Jefferson’s Reserve is made in collaboration with the Independent Stave Company, a family-owned cooperage based in Missouri. The barrels produced were made from grooved staves intended to increase the surface area inside the barrel. The barrels were toasted for a period of time before flash charring. Jefferson’s took 10 year-old Kentucky straight bourbon and finished it in these custom barrels for four months”

Wilderness Trail ‘High Rye’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bottled in Bond, 100 proof

Regular Price $48.99

Sale price $44.99

Wilderness Trail Bottled in Bond Small Batch Bourbon marks the third whiskey release for the Danville, KY based distillery. This small batch bourbon release uses rye instead of wheat as the secondary grain — 64% corn, 24% rye, 12% malted barley. The corn and rye are grown by a local farm and the grain bill uses a sweet mash rather than a sour mash like many bourbons use. Each batch is made from 10-12 barrels. Bottled without chill-filtration at 100 proof.”

Bulleit 95 American Straight Rye 12 year old

92 proof

Regular Price $53.99

Sale price $48.99

Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey is the fifth addition to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey family, as well as the first extension of Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with one of the highest rye percentages on the market. Using the same mash bill as its predecessor – 95% rye and 5% malted barley – this small-batch rye whiskey was fully aged and matured to perfection in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of 12 years to create a balance of smoothness and spice worthy of Bulleit Rye’s impressive list of credentials.”

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye

104 proof

Regular Price $69.99

Sale price $61.99

“Russell’s Reserve has continuously produced some of the best rye whiskeys, and this non-chill filtered, 104 proof single barrel rye is no exception — delivering a balance of spicy pepper, vanilla and tobacco flavors. Master Distiller Eddie Russell planned this release for years, resulting in a big whiskey that stands up to any cocktail.”

Talisker Isle of Skye Single Malt Scotch Whiskey 10 year old

91.6 proof

Regular Price $67.99

Sale price $59.99

“A wonderful award-winning Island malt bottled at above-average strength with a comforting, smooth afterglow. If you’re new to Talisker don’t pass up the Talisker 10–it’s an enjoyable point of reference, a benchmark single malt that’s also unmistakably one of a kind, with a warm nose, a surprisingly thick, oily mouthfeel, and ashy peat that doesn’t really kick in until the finish. Distiller’s notes: “A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper. Finish: Huge, long, peppery finish with an appetising sweetness.”