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Mars 'Iwai 45' Blended Japanese Whisky - [WS 91 Points & #19 Top 20 of 2020]
Mars 'Iwai 45' Blended Japanese Whisky - [WA 91 & #19 Top 20 of 2020]
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91 Points & #19 Top 20 of 2020- Whisky Advocate:
"This new, higher proof Iwai (pronounced EE-why) was designed for cocktails; however, it’s supple and more than capable as a neat sipper too, with pleasing aromas of honey, ripening pear, barley, exotic woods, and citrus. The palate of honey sweetness, sugar cubes, vanilla, pear, apricot, and spice bows out with honey, breakfast cereal, nougat, and white chocolate. It’s a delicious and unusual whisky from Japan, less aligned with the country’s scotch-like tradition of malts and blends and more similar to bourbon, being made mostly from corn." - Jonny McCormick (December 2020)

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Milk & Honey M&H Classic Single Malt Whisky - [WA 90, #20 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Milk & Honey M&H Classic Single Malt Whisky - [WA 90, #20 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Retail Price: $70.00
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90 Points & #20 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"Tomer Goren, head distiller at Milk & Honey Distillery in Tel Aviv, excels at warm climate single malt production under the intensity of the Mediterranean sun. His ethos is beautifully captured within this kosher-certified flagship bottling, matured in bourbon and shaved, toasted, and re-charred casks. It exudes a nose of golden syrup, vanilla, marshmallow, jasmine, dried apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. Flavorful and juicy, the palate has satisfying depth, with caramel, vanilla, shortbread, honey, and orange, daubed with vivaciously spicy black pepper." — Jonny McCormick

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Bulleit "Blenders’ Select" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750 ml) - [WA 95, #4 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Bulleit "Blenders’ Select" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750 ml) - [WA 95, #4 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Retail Price: $100.00
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95 Points & #4 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"Blender Eboni Major makes her mark with this limited-edition whiskey that incorporates three distillates, all at least 9 years old. The multiple flavor profiles and ages converge to create a hyper-charged bourbon with layers of flavor. A lively nose offers raspberry, chocolate, mint, confectioners’ sugar, and candied pecans. The palate is bold, with flavors of cherry, spearmint, dark chocolate, nougat, pepper, and polished oak. More mint follows on the finish, along with bitter chocolate, dark berries, and spice. Each batch will have its own profile, and this incredible inaugural effort promises more greatness to come." — David Fleming
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Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey - [WA 92, #14 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey - [WA 92, #14 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Retail Price: $80.00
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92 Points & #14 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"After decades of consolidation, Ireland is experiencing a craft whiskey renaissance. Founded in 2014, The Shed Distillery delivers the first whiskey from the western province of Connacht in over a century. Polished creamy sweetness and aromatic spices herald this striking dram, which has been triple-distilled and then matured in first-fill bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Aromas of caramel, brioche, satsuma, and dried apricot draw you in, ushering in a luscious palate of pear, apple, and freewheeling spices bolstered by dried citrus, lime, and toasted coconut." — Jonny McCormick
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Compass Box "The Peat Monster" Whisky (750 ml)
Compass Box "The Peat Monster" Scotch Whisky (750 ml) - [WA 93, #9 TOP 20 0F 2020] [JM 94] [ WE 92]
Retail Price: $100.00
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93 Points & #9 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"The much-beloved Peat Monster was recently given a new recipe designed to create greater depth and elegance. The peat influence, while still omnipresent, is now more subtle. On the nose it’s gentle and fragrant, wafting over candied citrus, lemon-frosted cake, and raspberry, along with classic peated undertones of charcoal and iodine. The palate is creamy in texture, with pleasant notes of brine, seashells, ashiness, and a floral peat influence that swirls gently around rich vanilla, tropical hints of lime, smoked meats, and generous spice. The finish offers bitter chocolate, lemon hard candy, and a bang of spice and smoke." — David Fleming
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Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey - [WA 92, #15 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Retail Price: $90.00
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92 Points & #15 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"Triple-distilled in Dublin, Teeling’s debut single pot still expression is distinctive in its unusual 50:50 mashbill of malted to unmalted barley, adding an element of virgin American oak to deliver a charismatic quality and texture. The nose is reminiscent of cinnamon breakfast cereal, with delicate touches of melon and white grape, but it’s the vibrancy of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper at this perfect proof that most impresses, taking a decisive lead over the soft stone and orchard fruit and glossy caramel flavors." — Jonny McCormick
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Balblair 15 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Highlands, Scotland) - [WA 93, #11 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Balblair 15 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Highlands, Scotland) - [WA 93, #11 TOP 20 0F 2020]
Retail Price: $160.00
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93 Points & #11 TOP 20 OF 2020 - Whisky Advocate:
"There’s something for everyone in this whisky, whose citrus brightness acts as a deft foil for darker earthy notes, showcasing the Highland distillery’s range. Lemon, orange marmalade, dried fig, golden raisin, milk chocolate, and a touch of leather on the nose; then more marmalade, chocolate, toasted nuts, cinnamon, and lemon pepper on the creamy, viscous palate. Still fresh with citrus, the finish slowly gives way to savory tobacco, leather, cocoa powder, and coffee bean. Subtle, nuanced, and perfectly balanced: a sleeper hit." — Susannah Skiver Barton

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