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Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
List Price: $169.97
Retail Price: $230.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $139.99
You save $29.98!

90 Points & #19 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017:
"The first blended malt to carry the Chivas Regal name was created as a tribute to the legacy of the five master blenders, from Charles Howard in 1895 to Colin Scott. Malts from five of Pernod Ricard’s Speyside distilleries (Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval) were used to create intricate and elaborate flavors. Even more enchanting than the story are the aromas of fresh red apple, cherry, peach, and mango, mingled with cinnamon and dry heather. This luxurious whisky delivers dark vanilla, soft fruits, chocolate-dipped Brazil nuts, and is cloaked in sumptuous layers of caramel, wood spices, and gingersnaps. Outstanding." - Jonny McCormick

Wild Turkey "Decades" Bourbon (750 mL) - [#3 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Wild Turkey "Decades" Bourbon (750 mL) - [#3 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Retail Price: $155.00
Sale Price: $128.95
You save $26.05!

ORIGINAL PRICE = $139.97 per bottle

94 Points & #3 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Wild Turkey often exhibits a delightful earthiness, and when earth meets sweet in whiskey, it’s a beautiful thing. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades achieves a rich texture where deep-tilled soil, fresh-cut grass, and mushrooms meet leather and dark chocolate, followed by dill, oregano, and oak. Caramel and vanilla explode over a heavy dose of cinnamon. Master distiller Eddie Russell mingled barrels ranging from 10 to 20 years old in order to strike this balance and complexity. His method displays the potential of combining extremely old stocks into batches with younger barrels to build a great whiskey." - Fred Minnick
Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Retail Price: $200.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $149.97
You save $50.03!

91 Points & #15 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Delivering a buttery mouthfeel with toasted rye and baking spice notes, Peerless is the only craft producer on our list. It’s hard to pinpoint why this young rye succeeds where others fail, but one point of difference is the use of sweet mash fermentation, rather than the much more common sour mash technique, where spent mash is added to the new fermentation. Furthermore, the Peerless warehouse achieves temperatures upward of 110 degrees. Whatever the technical reasons, Peerless is paving the way and we expect more craft distillers to join them." - Fred Minnick

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (200th Anniversary) - [#4 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (200th Anniversary) - [#4 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Retail Price: $175.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $134.97
You save $40.03!

94 Points & #4 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Conventional wisdom suggests that Lagavulin is at its peak at 16 years of age. However, this superlative 12 year old confirms why many consumers like their Lagavulin younger. This is Lagavulin at its very best: bold, yet complex and satisfying; full of character, with smoky, savory, maritime, sweet vanilla, and fruit notes all merging into a balanced and eminently drinkable whole. It takes a few drops of water well, releasing burnt grass aromas and more palate sweetness. The Diageo Special Releases are not known to be bargains, but this Lagavulin is sensibly priced, and the greatest all-around value from the 2017 lineup." - Gavin Smith