Whiskey Reviews

Wemyss Malts Spice King 8 Year Old Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ Vatted malts made by small artisans are one of the many trendy fixtures of international whiskey today, alongside high-end, no-aging statement single malts; wine and port barrel-finished bourbon; American malts; and micro-distilleries. These are sometimes referred to as “blended malts,” but I prefer the old terminology, as it emphasizes the distinction between an all-malt blend ...

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McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B- Another expression from those busy people at Finger Lakes Distilling in upstate New York, McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey is their spin on the Irish style. American single malts and Irish-inspired whiskeys are a niche market in the United States, but certainly a growing one. The operative question for a whiskey lover interested in these ...

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Compass Box The Entertainer Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B The Entertainer is a special, limited edition release from those innovative, artisanal whiskey-makers at Compass Box. Intended as a tribute to the life of Gordon Selfridge, founder of Britain’s Selfridge department store chain, the scotch is available only through the Selfridge website and their four brick-and-mortar outlets. Americans with an interest in Compass Box products ...

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Finger Lakes White Pike Whiskey

By S.D. Peters Rating: B Finger Lakes Distillery, in scenic upstate New York, has established quite a range of products – more than we’ve seen for other micro-distillers.  Of their 14 spirit line, six are whiskeys.  The Whiskey Reviewer had the opportunity to try their McKenzie Rye Whiskey and McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey, and these reveal that Finger Lakes’ Master Distiller ...

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Pearse Lyons Reserve Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B When animal feed giant Alltech decided to expand from brewing beer into distilling whiskey, they not only brought distilling to Lexington, Kentucky after half a century, but they also brought malt whiskey back to Lexington distilling. The distilling industry in the Heart of the Bluegrass once had a distinctly Irish flare to it, so bourbon ...

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