Product Descriptions: Whiskey

Ardmore Scotch

Single malt scotch imported from the Highlands area of Scotland. Ardmore breaks from the traditional Highland malts and adds peat flavors (more like the malts from Islay). Ardmore has full, rich flavors with subtle peat-smoke tones. Bottled at 92 proof and non-chill filtered (believed to preserve the natural flavors - the scotch may become hazy when chilled). Serve straight up, on the rocks or with just a touch of spring water.

Auchentoshen Classic

Single malt from the Lowland area of Scotland. Triple distilled. F. Paul Pacult says 'the taste is so sweet and so succulent that if you are alone, you want to smack your lips.' A great introduction to single malt Scotch.

Ballantines Scotch

Blended Scotch whiskey blended and bottled in Scotland. Forty-two single malt whiskies are blended together to produce a Scotch with a smokey bouquet like the Highland malts, the peaty body of the Island malts, and the sweetness of the Lowland malts. This is a particularly sweet Scotch.

Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt

Aged in two different casks: one traditional whiskey oak, one sherry oak producing a deep more complex flavor. Rich, mellow flavor with depth and complexity.

Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask (new!)

Single malt whiskey imported from Scotland. Balvenie Caribbean Cask is aged for 14 years in traditional oak whiskey casks, then aged for several months in rum casks. Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes. Rounded flavors of vanilla and sweet oak with a fruity character that develops with time. Soft, lingering finish. Serve straight, with a splash of water, or over a just a few ice cubes.

Black & White Scotch

The #6 selling Scotch brand in the world. Bottled in Scotland since 1884.

The Black Grouse (new!)

Scotch imported from Scotland. More intense than its parent brand - The Famous Grouse. Peaty-smoke aromas, with traces of golden raw sugar, malt and oak. Smooth, smoky-sweet flavors with hints of cocoa and spice. Long, peaty finish with a gentle smokiness, giving way to a resonant oaky note. Scotch expert Jim Murray gives it 94 points. Serve over ice or straight up with perhaps just a few drops of spring water to open up the flavors.

Bowmore Legend

Single malt 'from one of the great malt distilleries' according to Michael Jackson. Legend is a distinctly Islay Scotch with aromas of peat, briny salt air (the distillery is right on the ocean) , wet wool and smoke . A great introduction to single malt Scotch particularly those from the Islay region.

Chivas Regal Scotch

A blend of 12 year old Scotch whiskies, each distilled twice in copper pot stills. Produced at Strathisla, Scotland's oldest continuously operated distillery, located in the Speyside region of the Highlands. Gold/amber color. Aromas of apricots, pears and heather. Smoky, peaty flavors. Finishes with flavors of vanilla and butterscotch that linger. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch

A Speyside malt aged 12 years. Golden color, firm body with medium smokiness. Very complex aroma. Delicate, clean flavor with large range of herbal flowery notes. Long finish. A malt for the serious devotee. Scored 90 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

Cutty Sark Scotch

Blended Scotch made with 100% Scotch whiskies and aged for 12 years. Distilled and bottled in Scotland. First created in 1923. Green/gold color. Dry nose that blossoms as it aerates. Aromas of oak and cereal. Flavors of butter and raisins. Woody finish. A firm, well-structured blend. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it *** (recommended) rating.

Dalwhinnie Single Malt

Gentle northern Highlands malt with a light taste and fruity sweet aroma. Hint of heather and honey. Gold color. Firm, slightly oily body. Aged 15 years. Very long finish. Scored 76 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

Dewar's White Label Scotch

Blended Scotch Whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. A blend of over 40 single malt and aged grain whiskies. Golden color. Full, lightly smoky flavor with a warm finish. The most popular Scotch in the U.S.A. Has won many international awards for product excellence which are shown on the bottle.

Dewar's 12 yr. Old

Twelve year old blended Scotch whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. Select, individually aged 12 yr old malts from the different regions of Scotland are brought together in oak casks to 'marry' before blending. Medium amber hue. Off-dry scents of light peat and dried bitter orange. Flavors of pipe tobacco smoke, hard candy and black pepper. A light scotch. Medium long, slightly smoky finish . Bottle is cork finished. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** ( recommended) rating.

The Famous Grouse Gold Reserve

A blend of fine grain and single malt Scotch whiskies aged for a minimum of twelve years in oak casks. Dark golden color. Full aroma with notes of oak and a hint of peach. Rich, full flavors of fruit and oak. Long, clean medium dry finish. The Buying Guide to Spirits gives it 89 points (highly recommended).

The Famous Grouse Scotch

Blended scotch bottled in Scotland. Smooth, medium peated, well-rounded with a touch of dryness. Amber/tawny color. Soft, round nose of peat, fruit and grain whisky. Smooth, fruity flavors. Long, sweet, caramel finish.

Glenfiddich Single Malt

The best selling single malt whiskey in the world. (The Glenlivet is the best selling in the USA.) Very pale color. Light, fresh, fruity aroma. Light, firm but smooth body. Dryish, pear-like flavor with hints of smokiness, fruit and malt. Restrained finish. Scored 75 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

Glenfiddich Solera 15 Yr Single Malt

Single Malt Scotch from the Highland area of Scotland. Matured in three different types of casks - sherry casks, first used to age sherry, traditional bourbon casks from America and new oak casks, coopered from European timber. At the heart of this unique system is a large handcrafted oak cask called The Solera Vat which contains 15 year old Glenfiddich from the three different types of casks The Solera Vat is always kept at least half full, which ensures a consistent Single Malt. Full and fruity nose, with delicate honey and vanilla notes. Flavors of fruit, gentle spice and a touch of oakiness. Beverage Testing Institute gives it 91 points.

Glenlivet 18 yr. Single Malt

Single malt scotch from the Speyside region of the highlands. Glenlivet is the #1 selling single malt in the U.S. Deep gold color. Rich, sweet floral nose. Full, sweet flavors of nuts, dried apricots, vanilla and sherry with spicy overtones. Full, extended finish of toffee and nuts. Body is medium weight, soft and mellow. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.

The Glenlivet 15 yr French Oak

Single Malt Scotch aged for 15 years in new Limousin oak casks usually reserved for aging wine. The aroma is intense and sweet with hints of cedar wood and citrus fruit. Full-flavored with notes of ripe mango, cinnamon and white pepper. Long, creamy finish balanced by a spicy dryness. International Spirits Challenge Gold Medal Winner in 2005.

William Grant's Scotch

Scotch whisky made and bottled in Scotland. Amber color. The nose is plump, oily and semi-sweet with notes of honey, oatmeal, and biscuit batter. The influences of Balvenie and Glenfiddich (which are also produced by William Grant and Sons) are evident. Flavors of almonds, toffee, chocolate and vanilla. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Glenmorangie 10 yr Single Malt

Single Malt Scotch from the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Glenmorangie is Gaelic for 'The Glen of Tranquility'. It has been produced in the tallest copper pot stills in Scotland since 1843. Glenmorangie 10 Year old has a pale amber color and features a notes of floral, mandarin and vanilla with hints of honey. 'Kindred Spirits' says it is 'one of Scotland's five best 10-year-old single malts' and gives it a *** (Recommended) rating.

Highland Park 12 YR. Single Malt

Single Malt Scotch imported from the Orkney Islands of Scotland - one of two northernmost distilleries in the country. 'Buying Guide to Spirits' gives it 96 points and says, 'A rich, full-bodied malt...that displays peaty richness and sea salt notes through the finish.' Paul Pacult's 'Kindred Spirits' takes it a step further and claims, Highland Park 12 Year, 'one of my top ten malts without any hesitation...a genuinely great single-malt experience.' He gives it Highest Recommendation status and gives it ***** (his highest rating).

Islay Mist Scotch Whisky (new!)

Blended Scotch whisky originally created on the Scottish island of Islay in 1922 to celebrate the 21st birthday of Lord Margadale. It was thought the local single malt scotches (known to be smoky and peaty) might be too heavy for all the guests' taste so this unique blend of Laphroig with Speyside malts (usually much lighter than the Islay malts) and grain whisky was born. Notes of peat, smoke and sea air found in the Islay malts combined with the honeyed sweetness of Speyside malts. The Beverage Tasting Institute gives it a 'Highly Recommended' rating and a Silver Medal from the International Review of Spirits.

Isle of Jura Single Malt

Golden color. Light, dry nose with a hint of sherry. Soft light body. Slightly sweet, salty flavor. Finish has a little malt and some saltiness. Considered a Highland malt. Scored 71 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

J & B Rare Scotch

Scotch made and bottled in Scotland. Very pale color. Fruity nose with notes of anise and licorice. Flavors of ripe fruit, malt and sweet corn. Medium-long finish. A light, easy to drink scotch.

Johnnie Walker Black Scotch

Deep amber color. Deeper, darker, smokier and more complex than most other blended Scotch whiskies. Salty, high octane nose. Medium-bodied, smooth, slightly salty flavor. Peaty with overtones of apple, grape and malt. Kindred Spirits gives it a *** or Recommended rating.

Johnnie Walker Red Scotch

Blended Scotch whisky distilled and bottled in Scotland. A full-flavored Scotch that is a blend of Highland malt and Lowland grain whiskies. The number one selling Scotch in the world. Originally blended in 1909 for the new Scotch drinker who blended their Scotch with ice, water, soda or in a variety of cocktails. This was a break from the traditional deeply flavored Scotch whiskies of the past and was considered more mixable. Flavor has pronounced iodine/seaweed presence. Soft peaty finish.

John Barr Red Scotch

John Barr was created after a 1977 decision to withdraw Johnnie Walker from sale in the United Kingdom. It has a radiant gold color with intense rich nose. Refined aftertaste.

Laphroig 10 year (new!)

Single malt Scotch imported from the island of Islay off the coast of Scotland. Laphroig is representative of the traditional Islay style of big, smoky scotches that have the aromas and flavors of the ocean that surrounds the island. Aromas of seaweed, iodine, peat and smoked fish, with a hint of sweetness. Flavors of the same with 'more exotic tastes of baked pear, toffee, and marshmallow' (according to F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2). Serve straight (with perhaps a splash of water to bring out the flavors) or over ice.

Macallan Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Highland Single Malt Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. Bottled straight from the cask, without adding water to lower the proof which is 117 (most scotch is bottled at 80-86 proof)! The Spirit Journal says it has ' ripe, unabashedly sweet fruit aromas with sweet oak, oloroso sherry, fruit cake, dark chocolate and dark caramel...ambrosial flavors of Christmas pudding, honey, molasses and dark caramel...' and gives it **** (Highly Recommended). Do add a bit of spring water before drinking.

Macallan Single Malt 12 year

Amber color. Sherry and honey nose. Full smooth body. Taste has hints of currant. Rounded finish. From the Speyside district. Scored 91 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

The Macallan Fine Oak Scotch 10yr.

Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky. Aged 10 years in a unique combination of bourbon and sherry oak casks. Pale straw color. Complex aromas with hints of fruit and heather honey. Soft texture with flavors of oak, fruit and malt. Lingering finish with notes of oak and fruit. Whisky Expert Jim Murray says the Macallan Fine Oak whiskies are ' a series of stunners, one after another hitting around the 90 (point) mark; it had never happened so often before from the same series of new whiskies.'

McClelland's-Highland Sngl Mlt

Single malt scotch from the Highland region of Scotland. Full-bodied, fruity, and aromatic.

McClelland's-Islay Single Malt

Single malt scotch from the island of Islay-one of the traditional scotch producing regions of Scotland. Full-bodied, smoky, with a complex flavor.

McClelland's-Lowland Sngl Mlt

Single malt scotch from the Lowland region of Scotland. Light in character, clean, with a hint of 'lemon grass'.

McClelland's-Speyside Single Malt

Single malt scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. Flavors of vanilla, soft fruit and mellow oak.

The Speyside 12 yr Single Malt

Imported single malt scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. The Speyside Distillery was established in 1895 and is one of the few remaining independent, family-run distilleries in Scotland. Toasted barley aroma. Slightly peaty. Creamy flavors of hazelnut that finish with hints of vanilla and toffee. Silver medal award winner for 2004 and 2005 at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and rated a 'Best Buy' (Feb. 2005) by Wine Enthusiast.

Talisker Scotch - 10 Yr.

From the only distillery from the Isle of Skye. Amber-red color. Pungent, slightly smoky aroma. Full body. Smoky with distinctive peppery character. The taste explodes on the palate and has a huge, long finish. Scored 90 out of 100 by renowned scotch critic Michael Jackson in his 'Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch'.

Clan Mac Gregor Scotch

Domestically bottled scotch whiskey. The fifth largest selling Scotch in the U.S. Light bodied with mellow character. Received 'Impact' magazine's 'Hot Brand' award in 1993.

Cluny Scotch

Blended scotch whiskey made in the USA. Has a high malt content, as it is a blend of over 30 malt whiskeys in addition to the grain whiskeys.

John Begg Blue Cap Scotch

Blended Scotch whisky that is bottled in the U.S. after aging for 36 months in Scotland. The John Begg distillery was established in 1845. This blend is slightly heavier than most blended Scotch which will appeal to those who appreciate a real 'Scotch' taste.

Lauder's Scotch

Imported, blended Scotch whisky that is bottled in the U.S.

Old Smuggler Scotch

Blended Scotch whisky bottled in the U.S. A blend of over 40 different malt whiskies. Gold/amber color. Floral, grainy nose. Flavors of charcoal, English toffee, and caramel. Flavorful finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

S. S. Pierce Scotch

Blended Scotch whisky. The history of the S.S. Pierce company dates back to 1831.

Canadian Club

Blended Canadian whiskey. The Canadian Club distillery was founded in 1858 by Hiram Walker. Still made and bottled in Canada. It is the only Canadian whiskey that is blended prior to aging. Aged for six years. Honey color. Nose of mash and cream. Flavors of cola, smoke, grain and caramel. Not as sweet as many other Canadians. Aftertaste of orange rind and toffee. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Canadian Club Reserve 10yr

Canadian whiskey distilled and bottled in Canada. Barrel-blended which means that the different whiskies used are blended together in a barrel at the beginning of the maturation period rather than later as is the case with other blended whiskies. This allows more time for the flavors to marry. Aged in small, charred white oak barrels for 10 years rather than six like regular C.C. Serve neat, on the rocks or in Manhattans.

Canadian Club Sherry Cask (new!)

Canadian Whisky blended before aging in once- used American Oak bourbon barrels (most whisky is blended after aging). It is double-distilled to remove impurities and aged for 8 years, then finished in hand-selected once-used Oloroso sherry casks, adding the rich flavors of Spanish sherry. Aromas of rich Mediterranean fruits, oak, and sherry. Flavors of toasted grains and mellow oak with nuances of dates and figs. Deep and lingering finish with notes of sweetness, sherry, and oak.

Crown Royal Black

Blended Canadian whiskey. A darker, more robust whiskey blended at 90 proof (regular Crown Royal is 80 proof). Deeper oak background with dark/sweet maple notes and a light vanilla flavor towards the finish. Creamy with flavors of dried fruit. Deep bourbon notes and a smooth finish. Serve over ice.

Crown Royal

The number one selling super-premium whiskey. Blended whiskey made in Canada from pure Canadian water and grains. Created to celebrate the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England to Canada in 1939. Medium amber color. Soft aromas of sugarcane, caramel, oak and English toffee. Satiny smooth and complex. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

V. O. Gold

Eight year old Canadian Whiskey. A 'Master Blenders creation'. A blend of 30 Canadian whiskies including many unique and rare casks from Seagram's own cellars- all aged individually for at least eight years. Mellow, delicate taste.

Seagram's V.O.

Blended Canadian whiskey. The number one selling premium imported whiskey in the U.S. A blend of over 50 separate whiskies that have been aged a minimum of six years in oak casks. The VO stands for 'very own' since years ago VO was set aside for the Seagram family's private consumption. Honey color with an amber tint. Highly floral nose. Candied, mellow flavors. Spicy notes in the aftertaste. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Crown Royal Reserve

Ultra-premium blended Canadian whiskey. Rich amber/brown color. Aromas of mint, oak, coconut orange pekoe tea. Layers of flavors including pear, banana, walnuts and molasses. Extended finish with a touch of mandarin orange. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a ***** (highest recommendation) or classic rating.

Black Velvet Reserve

Blended Canadian Whiskey bottled in Canada. Aged in hand-selected oak barrels for a full eight years for a smooth, mellow taste and a rich whiskey character. This is a sipping whiskey.

Black Velvet

Canadian whiskey bottled in the U.S. Blended for smoothness. Traces of vanilla in the nose and flavors of butterscotch, rye and citrus. Warm finish. Canadian whiskies in general are lighter and sweeter than other whiskies.

Seagram's Canadian Hunter

Blended Canadian whiskey bottled in the U.S. Aged four years. Rich, robust flavor. Mellow taste.

Canadian LTD

A blend of 100% aged (for smoothness) Canadian whiskies bottled in the U.S.

Canadian Mist

The number one imported whiskey. A blended whiskey that is produced in Canada and bottled in the U.S.

Harwood Canadian

Canadian blended whiskey that is bottled in the U.S. Amber/honey color. Sweet aromas of oak, cola nut, vanilla, orange blossoms, honey, and rye. Flavors of oak, rye, corn, black pepper, and spice. Medium-long, nutty finish. Medium-bodied. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended) rating.

Mr. Boston 5 Star Canadian

Canadian whiskey imported by Mr. Boston and bottled in Kentucky.

Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Single Malt Irish Whiskey triple distilled and aged in sherry casks. Made in the world's oldest licensed distillery. Aromas of grain and sherry. Flavors of sherry and pine nuts. Kindred Spirits gives it *** and says it 'takes its place among the world's better blended whiskies.'

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Light to medium amber color. Sweet aromas of red apple. Clean, tart flavors of oak, vanilla,red apple and grain. Semi-sweet, medium-long finish with caramel, grain, and smoke overtones. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Jameson '1780' Irish Whiskey

Blended Irish whiskey. Derives its name from the founding date of the John Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Dublin, Ireland. Aged for 12 years in sherry wood casks and is individually selected by the Master Blender. Mellow, nutty and mildly woody bouquet. 'Sweet flavors of wood, cereal and cream take on a roasted-nut quality...' Long,sweet finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Distilled and bottled by Cooley Distillery which is the only independent, Irish-owned distillery remaining in Ireland, and is also the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Made from a mixture of barley, corn, rye, wheat, oats, and lime-softened water. Soft gold color. Scents of wet cotton and spice. Sweet flavors of corn, honey wheat and toffee. Medium-long, sweet aftertaste.

Knappogue Castle (new!)

Single malt Irish Whiskey. Knappogue Castle Special Reserve Vintage (the year of distillation) Whiskey was originated by Mark Andrews in 1951. Distilled twice, one batch at a time, in copper pots. Lightly chill-filtered with no coloring added. Aged in bourbon casks. Straw gold color. Aromas of fruit and honey. The flavor is soft and clean with notes of honey, malt and fruit. Clean dry finish. 'Malt Advocate'gives it 93 points and says it is 'outstanding' and 'distinctive.'

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey

Blended Irish whiskey imported from Ireland. Named for the legendary Irish hero that was the spearhead of Ireland's struggle for independence from Great Britain. Made with spring water from the Cooley Mountains on the east coast of Ireland and a combination of malted barley and maize (corn) whiskeys aged a minimum of 4 years to over 12 years in small oak casks. Aromas of honey, citrus and malt while the taste is clean, honey sweet with a fresh oak finish.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Blended Irish whiskey made and bottled in Ireland. Light amber color. The nose is malty with floral, earthy and smoky notes. Mellow smoked butterscotch flavors. Medium-long finish that is smoky and sweet. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating

Redbreast Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey distilled and bottled in Midleton, Ireland. A blend of whiskies aged for 12 years or more. Triple distilled in heavy pot stills using malted and unmalted Irish barley combined with Irish spring water. Aged in oak barrels for a smooth, refined taste. 92 PTS WINE ENTHUSIAST

Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey

A single malt Irish whskey. Made from pure malted barley at a single distillery. Named after the colt that won the 1876 Irish National Produce Stakes against 100 to 1 odds. Medium amber color. Floral fragrance with notes of citrus and grain. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet, toasty malt and a touch of caramel. Smooth, sweet finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Tullamore Dew

Irish whiskey from Tullamore in the county of Offaly, situated in the heart of Ireland. The Tullamore Distillery was founded in 1829. DEW stands for Daniel E. Williams one of the early general managers and later part owner of the distillery. Medium amber hue. Intensely fruity aromas. Flavors of toffee, caramel and wood. Lighter than other Irish whiskies. Clean medium long finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Old Grand Dad Bonded Bbn.

The #1 selling bonded bourbon made in Kentucky. 'Bottled in Bond' indicates that the whiskey was produced by one distillery in one distilling season, was bottled at 100 proof, matured in charred new oak barrels for at least four years, stored and bottled in a Treasury Dept. bonded warehouse and had no excise tax paid on it until it was taken out of the warehouse. 'Wine Enthusiast'gives it 92 points.

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

A small batch bourbon made in Kentucky using larger percentages of rye and barley in its mash. A hint of peppermint is added. A light-bodied bourbon, aged for eight years. 'Spirit Journal' says it is 'lovely... with simple notes of spice and apple.' 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it a silver medal and a 90 point rating. Brief, dry finish.

Booker's Bourbon

Created by Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam. The only bourbon bottled straight from the barrel - uncut and unfiltered. Intense flavors of oak-tannin and smoky vanilla. Lighter flavors of mocha and coffee. Aged 6-8 years. Prolonged aftertaste of fruit and nuts. Not for the faint of heart. Spring water may be added to taste. 'Wine Enthusiast' calls it a Gold Medal bourbon and gives it a 95 point rating. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** rating (highly recommended).

Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon is a small-batch Kentucky bourbon made from a unique recipe developed by Augustus Bulleit over 175 years ago. Bulleit Bourbon's distinctive character is made by combining an extraordinarily high percentage of rye with Kentucky's limestone-filtered water and the highest quality grains to create a more flavorful bourbon. A bourbon that is deep russet in color with a rich, oaky aroma and hints of vanilla, honey, and spice that lead into a long, smooth finish. Kindred Spirits 2 gives it a **** (Highly Recommended) rating and says it 'should be part of every serious whiskey-lovers' collection.'

Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yr Bourbon

Single barrel bourbon whiskey made in Kentucky. Aged for 10 years. According to Kindred Spirits it has a 'gorgeous amber/chestnut-brown color...succulent, woody, dark toffee, and nut-meat aromas...charged flavors of vanilla extract, spearmint and caramel. This bourbon is not for the squeamish or the weak-kneed.

**** (Highly Recommended)'

Early Times Kentucky Whiskey

Bourbon-style whiskey from Kentucky. Established in 1860 and was the biggest selling bourbon in the U.S. during the 1950's. This was the first company to promote bourbon's mixability. Uses an 'accelerated maturation' process where the temperature and humidity of the warehouses are controlled to simulate changes of season which matures the whiskey more quickly. Also uses second-fill wood rather than new charred oak casks and therefore it can not be termed a bourbon. This gives the whiskey a smoother, lighter style.

Early Times Kentucky Whiskey

Bourbon-style whiskey from Kentucky. Established in 1860 and was the biggest selling bourbon in the U.S. during the 1950's. This was the first company to promote bourbon's mixability. Uses an 'accelerated maturation' process where the temperature and humidity of the warehouses are controlled to simulate changes of season which matures the whiskey more quickly. Also uses second-fill wood rather than new charred oak casks and therefore it can not be termed a bourbon. This gives the whiskey a smoother, lighter style.

Evan Williams Black Label Bbn

The second largest selling brand of straight bourbon in the U.S. Deep amber/bronze color. Aromas of fruit, oak, flowers and evergreen. Creamy, nutty, grapy flavors. Smoky, full-bodied finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Evan Williams Sngl Barrel Bbn

Kentucky bourbon from the family that was the first commercial distiller in the state. Single barrel means that the bourbon is not only from a single distillery but from a single barrel that is hand selected by the master distiller. Each bottle from a different barrel can yield subtle taste differences. 'Wine Enthusiast' considers it an aperitif bourbon that is lighter-bodied and whets the appetite.

Ezra Brooks Sour Mash

Kentucky straight, sour-mash whiskey. Made in Kentucky using a minimum of 51% corn. Mash from the previous day is used to start the fermentation process (this is sour-mash). Made from grains and limestone water. Uses a cork finish (stopper) like old time whiskey bottles. Amber color and smooth flavor.

Jefferson's Bourbon

Very small batch bourbon handcrafted in Kentucky. Beverage Tasting Institute says it has 'Toffee nut and olive aromas. Round and silky entry with an off dry, buoyant medium body of rich toffee, peppery brown spices, and dried currant flavors. Finishes with a rich dried fruit, sweet caramel, and spice fade with a touch of minerality. Very lively and vibrant.' They give it a Highly Recommended rating.

Jim Beam Black

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged for eight years in charred oak barrels, charcoal filtered and bottled at 86 proof (regular Jim Beam is aged a minimum of four years and is 80 proof). The Beverage Tasting Institute gives it 93 points for its overall nose, depth of flavor and finish.. Wine Enthusiast gave it a Superb/Highly Recommended Rating (90-95 points) in the American Whiskey Category.

Jim Beam Bourbon

Kentucky straight bourbon. First produced by Jacob Beam in 1795. Distilled and cooked at a lower temperature to preserve its natural, mellow flavor. Aged a minimum of four years. After aging it is charcoal filtered and chill filtered. It is still made from the same formula and by the same family as it was 200 years ago. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa and peaches. Sweet, smoky, caramel flavors. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Jim Beam Devil's Cut 90 Proof (new!)

Kentucky straight bourbon. 'Devil's Cut' plays off the notion of 'angel's share,' referring to the bourbon lost to evaporation during aging. A portion of the bourbon aging in barrels gets trapped in the wood, that's what Beam calls the Devils Cut. This portion of the bourbon has rich oak and vanilla flavors. Beam's distillers have found a way to extract this premium bourbon from the barrel wood producing a bolder, darker bourbon with a slightly higher proof (90 as opposed to Jim Beam's 80). Serve straight in a whiskey tasting glass or over ice.

Knob Creek Bourbon

Named for the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln. Full aromas of nuts, peaches and grain and maple syrup. Full-bodied flavors of raisins and citrus The higher proof (100) is evident with the first sip. A full-flavored, complex bourbon. 'Wine Enthusiast' rates it as a National Champion Whiskey and gives it a 93 point rating. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended).

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon (new!)

Single barrel Kentucky Bourbon. Aged for nine years and distilled using the old fashioned techniques. Hand-selected, barrel by barrel, to find the very best expressions of Knob Creek's rich, mature character and flavor. Aromas of vanilla and caramel with smoky overtones. A higher proof (120 proof) bourbon with rich wood, nutty and vanilla notes. Serve straight or on the rocks.

Maker's Mark Bourbon

Kentucky straight bourbon. Made in small batches at the oldest operating distillery in the U.S. Orange/bronze color. Fruity nose with essences of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut. Flavors of fruit, tobacco and caramel. Smoky finish with more caramel flavor. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it **** (highly recommended) rating.

Maker's Mark 46

Bourbon whiskey from Kentucky. Maker's Mark 46 starts with original Maker's Mark and adds seared oak staves (a narrow strip of wood used in forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure) to the barrels, then ages the whiskey for several more months. The result is slightly higher proof than the original (94 vs. 90) with aromas of toasty oak and caramel. Creamy flavors of caramel and vanilla and still soft on the tongue, even at 94 proof. Mix 2 parts Maker's 46 with 1 part dry vermouth and part amaro (such as Averna), add a dash of maraschino liqueur and orange bitters, stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnished with an orange twist for a 'Brooklyn 46.'

Old Crow Straight Bourbon

A Kentucky Straight Bourbon that was the original sour mash whiskey dating back to 1835. Straight bourbon whiskey is required, by law, to contains at least 51% corn, be distilled at no more than 160 proof and to be aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels. The first major bourbon brand to offer an 86 proof bourbon to the public.

Old Grand Dad Straight Bourbon

A classic sour mash bourbon made in Kentucky. Each batch is made without blends or additives, other than water, which may be added to reduce the proof. The nose is grain. Flavors of vanilla and white chocolate. Slightly sweet and definitely warm. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Rebel Yell Bourbon

Kentucky straight bourbon. Amber/topaz color. Sweet, fruity nose. Intense fruit and caramel flavors. Long lasting finish of candy and nougat. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Bourbon

Handcrafted, small-batch bourbon from Bardstown, Kentucky. Aged 8 years in new charred oak barrels. 93.7 proof. Named for the year Kentucky became a state. Made with traditional Kentucky bourbon ingredients of corn, rye and malted barley, Ridgemont Reserve 1792 uses a higher amount of rye and malted barley to bring added dimension to the bourbon's distinct flavor. The official tasting bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for 3 years.

Sam Houston American Whiskey (new!)

American Straight Whiskey made in Kentucky from 70% corn (making a sweeter whiskey) blended with rye and malted barley using a unique, proprietary formula. Aged in new white oak, heavy-charred barrels. Robust, spicy and dry. Serve straight, over ice, or in your favorite whiskey cocktail.

Benchmark Bourbon (new!)

Kentucky bourbon from the award winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. This 80-proof whisky has hints of oak and dried cherries, a medium body, with a smooth finish. A gold-medal winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Serve with your favorite mixer, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail such as the classic 'Old Fashioned' - drop a sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass, add a few dashes of Angustora bitters and 1.5 ounces of soda water, muddle the sugar and bitters together (you can use the backside of a spoon), add ice and 1.5 ounces of Benchmark Bourbon. Stir and garnish with a bit of orange peel, lemon peel, and a maraschino cherry.

Hiram Walker Ten High Bbn.

Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey that uses the sour mash process.

Wild Turkey 80 Proof

Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Lower proof than its eight year old sibling which is 101 proof. Clear amber color. Spirity, mashy, cereal nose. Easy, dry taste. Aftertaste of burnt almonds, molasses with a hint of oakiness.

Wild Turkey Bourbon

A traditional bourbon made with natural ingredients including 51% corn along with barley, rye and limestone-purified water. Aged in new charred white oak barrels. A higher proof than most bourbons which means less water has been added. Cork finish. Flavors of fruit, oak and leather. Lots of flavor and texture. Kindred Spirits gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon

A 90.4 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Distilled at the Labrot & Graham Distillery - the smallest and oldest distillery in Kentucky. Matured in limestone block warehouses that date back to the 19th century. Deep, warm amber color. Aromas of rich, dark fruits with hints of spice, vanilla, caramel and wintergreen. Flavors of caramel, toffee, walnuts spice and oak. Soft, dry, warm finish. Some bite and heat from the spirit. Not an entry-level bourbon. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Fleischmann's Preferred

Blended American whiskey produced and bottled in the USA since 1870. Smooth and mellow.

Seagram's Seven Crown

American blended whiskey. Amber/burnt orange color. Sweet aromas of candy and caramel. Medium rich texture and distinctly sweet. Good for mixing.

Senators Club Blend

Blended American Whiskey. Light-bodied yet rich in taste . Good in sours or Manhattans.

Gentleman Jack

Clear amber/honey color. Tennessee whiskey from the makers of Jack Daniels. Rich aromas of honey, nuts and oak. Complex flavors of leather, tobacco, coffee and raisins. Warm but mellow finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating.

Jack Daniel's Old #7 Black

Sour mash whiskey made in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Sour mash means that mash from the previous day is used to start the fermentation process. Filtered through sugar maple charcoal. It takes about 10 days for the whiskey to drip through the charcoal and this process mellows the whiskey. Aged a minimum of four years in charred, new white oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years. As the seasons and temperatures change, the whiskey works in and out of the charred oak which gives it its color and adds to the flavors. The Jack Daniels Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., dating back to 1866. Vanilla, caramel and almond flavors. Finishes of charcoal and honey.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel

The only charcoal-mellowed single barrel Tennessee whiskey made. Made from iron-free cave spring water and mellowed through 10 feet of hard sugar maple charcoal. This whiskey is not only from a single distillery but from a single barrel that is hand-selected by the master distiller. Therefore, each bottle drawn from a different barrel will yield a subtle taste difference. Each bottle is hand-labeled with its barrel number included. Flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Bulleit Rye (new!)

Rye whiskey made in America. Bulleit 95 Straight Rye Whiskey is a small batch, 90 Proof, straight rye whiskey made with a 95% rye mash (one of the highest rye's available) from a small reserve of the Bulleit Company's finest rye stock, producing a whiskey with an unparalleled character of spice and complexity. Use in a 'Manhattan,' which originally called for rye instead of bourbon.

Jim Beam Rye

Rye whiskey from the #1 producer of bourbon in the world. Rye whiskey is made from 51% rye grain (bourbon is made from 51% corn), is distilled at no more that 160 proof and is stored at no more than 125 proof in new oak barrels ( bourbon is stored in new, charred oak barrels).

Bird Dog Whiskey (new!)

Blackberry-flavored whiskey produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A Gold Medal Award winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the, still relatively small, category of 'Flavored Whiskey.' Serve straight up or over ice.

Red Stag Bourbon Whiskey

Black cherry flavored bourbon from Kentucky. Four year old Jim Beam Bourbon is infused with black cherry flavors. Based on the popularity of the Bourbon Manhattan (garnished with a maraschino cherry and often with a bit of added cherry juice), cherry flavors and bourbon are a natural mix. Flavors of corn sweetness and oak accented by a hint of black cherry. Mix with cola for an adult version of a 'Cherry Coke.'

Seagram's 7 Crown Dark Honey

A blend of the finest whiskies with a touch of natural honey and other natural flavors. A delicious taste experience, especially for entry level whiskey drinkers. Mix with cola for a 'Tall, Dark and Smooth' or with 1/2 oz lime juice for a 'Honey Lime.'

Whitetail Whiskey (new!)

Caramel flavored whiskey produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A Gold Medal Award winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the, still relatively small, category of 'Flavored Whiskey.' Caramel is a natural to add to whiskey, as often the aging-in-wood process imparts caramel flavors to whiskey. Serve straight up or over ice.

WhistlePig Whiskey (new!)

Straight rye whiskey produced in Canada and bottled in Shoreham, Vermont. Aged in new American oak barrels, made from 100% rye, and hand bottled at 100 proof. David Pickerell, formerly of Maker's Mark, is the master distiller. Aromas of allspice, ginger, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and anise with notes of charred oak and caramel. Warm, sweet and floral flavors with hints of vanilla and caramel, rye-spice and mint. The 'Spirit Journal' gives it five stars (its highest rating) and says WhistlePig is a 'sensational whiskey and straight rye at its zesty best.'


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Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:

  • Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
  • Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.

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