86-89 points

All whiskies with 86-89 points by WhiskyRant blog.

July 7, 2019

Highland Park 14YO Loyalty of the Wolf review

This 14 year old Highland Park is another exclusively for travel retail market produced whisky by the Orcadian distillery. They introduced a trio of single malts for duty free shops in 2018. The other two would be Voyage of the Raven and Spirit of the Bear. All animals important in […]
June 24, 2019
Highland Park Sisu Single Cask Review

Highland Park Sisu 13YO Single Cask review

This 13 year old single cask Highland Park called Sisu was distilled in 2003, bottled in 2017. Made specially for Finnish retail market during Finland’s 100 years of independence anniversary year. According to Highland Park’s brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen, Sisu single cask whisky was named after some dog. The definition […]
June 7, 2019
Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky Review

Lot No. 40 Small Batch Rye Whisky review

The story of Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye whisky is interesting. Making of this rye whisky started in 1990’s but it was discontinued early 2000. Which created some negativity among whisky enthusiasts who preferred its bold rye notes much more than the usual mellow Canadian rye whisky notes. Regarding this, […]
June 5, 2019
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Highland Park Dark Origins review

This was just a result of fast sampling in a Finnish restaurant during a business trip, so my review of Highland Park Dark Origins might not be the most accurate one you’ll end up finding on the internet. Like the name states, this HP is a dark character. For maturation […]
April 3, 2019
Helsinki Distilling Company's 100% Rye Malt

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt review

The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC) launched their first official release for retail markets in 2017. This 100% Rye Malt comes from Finland’s capital, where HDC was established in 2014. HDC has 300 and 1500 liter pot stills with an annual production of 30 000 liters. Their spirits portfolio includes rye […]
July 26, 2018
James E. Pepper Rye

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey by James E. Pepper

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes This straight rye whiskey comes from MGP of Indiana distillery at Lawrenceburg. 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey is part of the legendary American whiskey brand called James E. Pepper. The brand comes from Lexington, Kentucky, where they are planning to open a renovated distillery in 2018. So […]
May 5, 2018
The Macallan 12YO Double Cask review

The Macallan 12YO Double Cask review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Quite new age stated expression from Macallan, released in 2016. This single malt whisky was described as: “A new interpretation on the signature 12 Years Old Macallan” Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask whisky has been matured in a combination of American and European Ex-Sherry oak […]
September 30, 2017
Glen Moray 10YO Chardonnay Cask

Glen Moray 10YO Chardonnay Cask Whisky review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Ralfy’s notes This 10 year old Glen Moray is quite extraordinary single malt whisky – it’s been matured completely in Chardonnay casks. Glen Moray, the most northerly Speyside distillery, has a non age stated version with Chardonnay cask finish as well. But this beauty has been […]
September 2, 2017
Malted Rye Whisky by Kyrö Distillery

Kyrö Single Malt Rye Whisky review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes First batch ever of Finnish rye whisky for retail markets. Kyrö Single Malt Rye is made from 100% malted wholegrain rye. The most anticipated whisky of the year for me and I almost didn’t get a chance to taste it. That’s right, the success of Napue […]
August 7, 2017
Willett 3 year old Single Barrel Small Batch Rye Whiskey

Willett Single Barrel Rye 3YO review

Tasting notes Willett Distilling Company (a.k.a Kentucky Bourbon Distillers) has been sourcing whiskies since the 1980’s but recently they’ve been maturing their own distillates too. So there’s a chance that this Willett 3 Year Old Single Barrel Small Batch Rye Whiskey is completely their own product. I purchased this from […]
August 7, 2017
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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes GlenDronach’s sixth batch of the Cask Strength expression comes with a great 56.1% ABV (alcohol by volume). Bottled with great strength and coming from a distillery with good track record, this GlenDronach sounded tempting when I received a sample from a buddy of mine. Just like […]
July 24, 2017
Benrinnes Signatory 1997

Benrinnes 1997 Signatory 18 year old review

Benrinnes 1997 18 year old single malt whisky by independent bottler Signatory comes from a single cask like Signatory’s products tend to do. This is a malt from Speyside region, from Benrinnes distillery, but the casks are picked by Signatory company who also bottle the products. So the bottling is […]
May 12, 2017
Mackmyra Vinterrök

Mackmyra Vinterrök single malt whisky review

Mackmyra Vinterrök is another tasty single malt whisky from the first Swedish whisky distillery. I guess you can state: another innovative whisky from these Swedish pioneers. Vinterrök is a limited edition whisky from their ”Season whisky” series. It is fruity yet smoky single malt with balanced saltiness. Mackmyra states Vinterrök as: “A smoky soul […]
April 8, 2017
Knob Creek Rye Whiskey review

Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey review

Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey was launched in the US in 2012. Distilled at Jim Beam and without age statement, it is a 100 proof rye whiskey. The Knob Creek brand was introduced 20 years ago and it is famous for being Beam Family’s premier small batch bourbons. Jim Beam’s […]
February 18, 2017
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley – heavily peated whisky review

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley is a heavily peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery who usually are known for unpeated whiskies. If you don’t count Bruichladdich’s über peated range called Octomore. Actually their Port Charlotte range is nowadays so wide, that you can forget the statement “Islay’s non-peated distillery”, which was widely […]
January 7, 2017
Edradour 10YO review

Edradour 10 year old single malt review

Edradour 10 year old comes from Highland, from the “smallest traditional distillery” in Scotland as they claim theirselves. The word traditional has been added since there are new distilleries founded in 2010’s, which are smaller than Edradour. Edradour’s full capacity per year is 130 000 liters but they produce approximately […]
December 13, 2016
Clynelish 14YO review

Clynelish 14 year old review

Located in Highland region, Clynelish 14 year old single malt whisky comes from a distillery built opposite the nowadays silent Brora distillery. The original, Old Clynelish distillery was built in 1819 but in 1969, changed its name to Brora. Brora made heavily peated whisky in 1969-1973 for blending, covering a shortage of […]
November 26, 2016
Lagavulin 8YO single malt whisky

Lagavulin 8 year old single malt review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Lagavulin 16 year old single malt is my all-time favorite, so needless to say, I’m a big fan of Lagavulin distillery. Lagavulin is not known for wide range of whiskies: they have their flagship whisky, the 16YO, and a cask strength 12YO – both absolute beauties. […]
October 22, 2016
Compass Box Hedonism

Compass Box Hedonism Blended Grain review

Compass Box Hedonism was first released in the year 2000, and it was the first of its kind – a blended grain whisky. Another innovation by the tireless innovators from Compass Box. This small independent bottler has really been a pioneering facet in whisky industry, they’ve even managed to upset […]
October 1, 2016
Compass Box Spice Tree

Compass Box Spice Tree review

Compass Box Spice Tree gained much reputation because of Scotch Whisky Association and its regulations. Making Compass Box Spice Tree “illegal whisky”. I’ll get to that later on but first: some basic information about this vatting of Northern Highland malt whiskies. Clynelish malt is the core of this blended malt […]
July 9, 2016

Longmorn 16 year old review

Longmorn 16 year old single malt whisky was released to replace their 15 year old as part of the relaunch of Longmorn distillery. The discontinued 15YO by the way, is a high rated single malt in Whisky Connosr community – with an average of 91 points it used to be […]
February 6, 2016
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Classic of Islay Jack Wieber 2015 review

Friend of mine told me about a German importer from Berlin, who has released bottlings under the name of Jack Wieber since 1998. Jack Wiebers Whisky World is a wholesale business operating in Wiener Strasse, Berlin. Owned by Lars-Göran Wiebers, the whisky shop is specialized in independent and rare bottlings. And they do release […]
January 4, 2016
GlenDronach 18yrs Allardice

GlenDronach 18 year old Allardice review

GlenDronach has made a great reputation with its sherry matured whisky, offering quality drams with age statements. Just like The GlenDronach 15 year old Revival, this 18 year old Allardice has been matured in Spanish Oloroso casks. The GlenDronach distillery was founded in 1826 – being one of the first licensed Scottish distilleries owned by BenRiach nowadays. The […]
December 1, 2015
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Bunnahabhain 12 year old review

Bunnahabhain distillery is a good divergent from the region of Islay, because their whiskies are usually lightly peated. Like this entry level Bunnahabhain 12 year old, which nowadays comes in a redesigned bottle and at higher strength. It is also declared to be un-chill filtered and natural coloured. Bunnahabhain has […]
November 29, 2015
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Black Bull Deluxe 12 year old review

Black Bull is a Deluxe Blended Soctch whisky brand by Duncan Taylor. Deluxe, because along with a non age statement called Kyloe, they also have very old blended whiskies under the label. They have Black Bull 21, 30 and 40 year old whiskies. I myself am not a fan of […]
November 26, 2015
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Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke review

Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke is a 9 year old peated single malt from the smallest distillery in Speyside region. It’s been matured in first fill Ex-Bourbon casks and it has a phenol level of 53ppm – it has no added color and un-chill filtered. Benromach distillery is owned by Gordon […]
November 20, 2015
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Deanston Virgin Oak review

Deanston Virgin Oak is a Highland single malt whisky from Deanston distillery, which has been certified by the Organic Food Association. So you can always feel good about yourself, while trying their Scotch. They are the largest distillery owned by Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd, who also own Bunnahabhain and Tobermory […]
October 29, 2015
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Aberlour 12 year old Non Chill-Filtered review

Like the title says, this is a single malt whisky without chill-filtering by the Aberlour distillery. 12 years old and matured in Ex-Sherry butts and Ex-Bourbon casks. There’s also been a 12 year old Aberlour, which has been chill-filtered. Comparing those two would actually be a great blog post subject. […]
October 22, 2015
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Connemara 12 year old review

Connemara 12 year old is another peated Irish single malt whiskey by Cooley distillery. Unlike many Irish whiskeys (which are triple distilled), Connemara is double distilled. Other brands under the Cooley distillery include Kilbeggan, Greenore and Tyrconnell. Because of new Irish invasion of distillers, Cooley malt can be found from […]
October 15, 2015
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Mackmyra Brukswhisky review

Mackmyra Brukswhisky is a core single malt in the range of the first Swedish whisky distillery. Brukswhisky has been matured primarily in first fill Ex-Bourbon barrels, yet it also contains some Ex-Sherry cask and Swedish oak cask matured whisky. It has some smokier malt too, so we are surely talking […]
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