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Wemyss Merchant’s Mahogany Chest Single Cask Scotch Review (2013)

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Even though Wemyss has a knack for giving descriptive names to its single cask line, “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” is a particularly dandy one. In my mind, it evokes an elegant, heavy, dark piece of furniture owned by a seafaring, 19th Century British trader, involved in the import of everything from Indian spices to Port wine. ...

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Ranger Creek .44 Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: A- As it is with writers, a whiskey’s reputation as a complement to the “independent spirit” appears indelible. It’s the drink of the American Frontier; the spirit that lent its name to a rebellion and was enjoyed by the outlaws and autonomous vigilantes in the films of Leone, Peckinpah, and other directors who challenged and uniquely ...

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Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A Updated November 22, 2014 A decade ago, John Glaser created an intensely peaty vatted malt for the Park Avenue Liquor Shop, dubbed simply the Monster. The idea evolved into the hugely popular Peat Monster, Compass Box’s best selling expression. Success like that demands a follow-up, especially when the world is packed with diehard peat fans ...

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Johnnie Walker Platinum Scotch Review

By Kurt Maitland Rating: A- Late this summer, Johnnie Walker released their newest expression – The Platinum Label. It’s more than potential replacement to the soon to be departed Green Label. In their lineup it’s a position that is a rung below Johnnie Walker’s classic Blue Label, long considered one of the world’s best blends. The Platinum is an 18 ...

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