Highest Rated Reviews (Under construction)

After using numerical scores for years on the site, I decided to transition to a 5 tiered rating system based on how strongly I would recommend certain whiskies. I believe this is the most helpful to the reader and properly provides context without presenting an illusion that rating whisky is objective. As for value, this is discussed on my “Best Value” page. For an exhaustive list of reviews, see my review archives.

I’ve only recently transitioned to the “recommendation system” so I’ll leave the numerical scores below until I have time to fully transition all the reviews to the new system.

Exceptional

Canadian Whisky

Alberta Premium 25 Year Old (2007)

Canadian Club 40 Year Old (2017)

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2015)

Forty Creek Confederation Oak (Batch A; Batch B)

Forty Creek Evolution (2014)

J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old (2017)

Lock, Stock, and Barrel 16 Year Old (2016)

Lock, Stock, and Barrel 18 Year Old (2017)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye (Batch 1; Batch 3)

AMERICAN Whisky

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OESF (2015)

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2011)

Scotch Whisky

Ardbeg Uigeadail (2014)

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014)

Caol Ila 35 Year Old (2018)

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary (2015)

Elements of Islay Oc1 (2015)

Highland Park 18 Years Old (2014)

Highland Park 30 Year Old (2016)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2012)

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 (2017)

Indian Whisky

Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 12; 2014)

Very Highly Recommended (Still Being Updated from Reviews Below)

Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2015)

Forty Creek Heart of Gold (2013)

Gooderham & Worts (2015; 2016)

Gooderham Centenniel 15 Y.O. (1952)

Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls (2018)

Lock, Stock, and Barrel 13 Year Old (2014)

Lot no. 40 Cask Strength (2016; 2018)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye (Batch 5)

American Whisky

Baker's (2014)

Balcones Brimstone (2018)

Booker's (2016)

High West Rendezvous Rye (2016)

Scotch Whisky

Ardbeg 10 Year Old (2013)

Ardbeg 23 Year Old Single Cask 1991 (Master of Malt; 2013)

Ardbeg Uigeadail (2011)

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (2017)

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (Douglas Laing; 2015)

Great King Street Artist’s Blend Momofuku Cask (2018)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2017; 2018)

This is Not a Luxury Whisky (2015)

Highly Recommended (Still Being Updated from Reviews Below)

Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2015; 2016)

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve (2012; 2015; 2017)

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve (Batch C; Batch F)

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve (Lot 240; Lot 256)

Forty Creek Heritage (2017)

Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve (2012)

Gooderham 1832 Decanter (1946)

Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity 17 Year Old (2017)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye (Batch 15)

American Whisky

Balcones Baby Blue (2017; 2018)

Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof (2018)

Booker's (2013)

High West Campfire (2014)

High Wire Revival 100% Jimmy Red Corn Straight Bourbon (2018)

Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Years Old (2013; 2016)

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 Years Old (2016)

Scotch Whisky

Ardbeg 10 Year Old (2014)

Ardbeg Corryvreckan (2012; 2016)

Ardbeg Perpetuum (2015)

Ardbeg Uigeadail (2015)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (2013)

Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated (2018)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated (2015)

Caol Ila Distiller's Edition (2014)

Great King Street Artist's Blend (2012)

Great King Street Glasgow Blend (2015)

Recommended (Still Being Updated from Reviews Below)

Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2017)

Forty Creek Barrel Select (2013; 2016; 2017)

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve (Batch D; Batch I)

American Whisky

Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon (2017)

Balcones “1” Single Malt (2018)

Balcones True Blue (2017)

Basil Hayden’s (2014)

High West American Prairie (2017)

High West Double Rye (2017)

High West Yippi Kai Yae (2017)

Jim Beam Black (2013)

Jim Beam Devil's Cut (2013)

Knob Creek Rye (2014)

Old Grand-Dad 114 (2016)

Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila 31 Y.O. 1983 (Signatory; 2015)

Hedonism (2014)

Numerical Scores

Canadian Whisky

93

Canadian Rockies 35 Year Old Cask Strength (2015)

J.P. Wiser’s 35 Year Old (2018)

J.P. Wiser's Legacy (2012)

J.P. Wiser's Union 52 (2016)

92

Century Reserve Rare Cask 30 Year Old (2018)

Crown Royal Noble Collection Blender’s Mash 13 Year Old (2018)

Danfield's 21 Year Old (2013)

Gibson's 18 Year Old (2013)

J.P. Wiser's Legacy (2016)

91

Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old (Batch 001)

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2016)

Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finish (2017)

J.P. Wiser's Dissertation (2016)

J.P. Wiser's Legacy (2015)

Lock, Stock, and Barrel 13 Year Old (2014)

Lot no. 40 Cask Strength (2016)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye French Oak Finish (2016)

Masterson's Straight Barley (2014)

Two Brewers Classic (Release 06 -2017; Release 10 - 2018)

90

Alberta Premium 30 Year Old (2011)

Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old (2018)

Gibson's 18 Year Old (2015)

J.P. Wiser's Seasoned Oak (2018)

J.P. Wiser’s Wendel Clark (NHL Alumni Series; 2018)

Lot No. 40 (2015; Yellow Label)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye American Oak Finish (2016)

Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Hungarian Oak Finish (2016)

Ninety 20 Year Old (2014; 2016; 2017)

Pike Creek 21 Year Old European Oak Finish (2018)

Two Brewers Peated Single Malt (Release 07; 2016)

Two Brewers Innovative Single Malt (Release 05; 2017 & Release 08 2018)

Two Brewers Special Finishes (Release 04; 2016)

Whistlepig The Boss Hog ("The Independent"; 2016)

89

Cadenhead's Potter's 24 Year Old (2014)

Calgary Stampede 25 Year Old (2012)

Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend (2016)

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (2015; 2017)

Crown Royal Single Barrel (2015; 2017)

Gibson's 18 Year Old (2017)

Jefferson's Straight Rye (2015)

J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old (2017)

J.P. Wiser's Red Letter (2013)

Lot No. 40 (2012; 2014; Yellow Label)

88

Bush Pilot's Private Reserve (1995)

Canadian Club 20 Year Old (2014)

Century Reserve 21 Year Old (2013)

Canadian Rockies 17 Year Old (2018)

Collingwood 21 Year Old (2014)

Crown Royal Monarch (Batch 0006)

Crown Royal XO (2014)

Dillon's Three Oaks Rye (2016)

Gibson's Olympic 16 Year Old (1976)

Glen Breton Ice Aged 17 Years Old (2016)

J.P. Wiser's 18 Year Old (2012; 2016)

J.P. Wiser's Last Barrels (2016)

J.P. Wiser's Triple Barrel (2017)

Last Mountain 100% Wheat (2016)

Lot No. 40 (2016; Yellow Label)

Mt. Logan 20 Year Old (2016)

Pendleton Director's Reserve (2017)

Pike Creek 21 Year Old Speyside Malt Finish (2017)

Shelter Point French Oak Double Barreled (2017)

Stalk & Barrel #Canada150 (2017)

Stalk & Barrel Rye Cask Strength (Cask 56; 2016)

Stalk & Barrel Single Malt Cask Strength (2017)

87

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye (2017)

Canadian Club Classic 12 Years Old (2017)

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel (2015)

Collingwood Double Oaked (2017)

Crown Royal Blender's Select (2017)

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash (Blender's Mash) (2018)

Crown Royal Monarch (Batch 0060)

Dillon's Three Oaks Rye (2017)

Entrapment 25 Year Old (2017)

Forty Creek Unity (2018)

J.P. Wiser's 15 Year Old (2017)

J.P. Wiser's One Fifty (2017)

Last Mountain Private Reserve (2015; 2016)

Last Mountain 100% Rye Cask Strength (2017)

Lohin McKinnon Chocolate Malt (2018)

Lot No. 40 (2016; Green Label)

Shelter Point Inaugural Run (2016)

Shelter Point Distiller's Select Cask Strength (2016; 2017)

Stalk & Barrel Rye (Cask 17; Cask 49)

Stalk & Barrel Rye Cask Strength (2017)

Whistlepig 10 Years Old Straight Rye (2013)

86

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel (2016)

Century Reserve Lot 15/25 (2013)

Crown Royal Cask No. 16 (2013)

Crown Royal Reserve (2013, 2016)

Crown Royal XO (2015; 2017)

Crown Royal XR (2015)

Gretzky Ninety Nine Proof (2017)

Harwood's (1946)

J.P. Wiser’s Guy Lafleur (2018)

North of 7 Rye Whisky (2017)

Pendleton 1910 (2015)

Pike Creek 10 Year Old Port Finish (2012)

Schenley OFC (1980)

Stalk & Barrel Rye Cask Strength (Cask 34; 2016)

85

Bearface Triple Oak 7 Y.O. (2018)

Canadian Club 100% Rye (2014)

Crown Royal Limited Edition (2013)

Crown Royal Reserve (2017)

Glen Breton 10 Year Old (2012)

Glen Saanich Single Malt (2016; 2017)

Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask (2017)

J.P. Wiser's 18 Year Old (2014)

J.P. Wiser's Double Still Rye (2015)

J.P. Wiser’s Lanny McDonald (2018)

Lohin McKinnon Peated (2017)

McLoughlin & Steele (2013)

North of 7 Four Grain (Cask 3; 2017)

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend (2016)

Twelve Barrels (2017)

Two Brewers Classic (Release 01; 2016)

Two Brewers Peated Single Malt (Release 03; 2016)

Two Brewers Special Finishes (Release 09; 2017)

American Whiskey

96

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OESF (2015)

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2011)

93

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch 5; 2014)

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 125th Anniversary (2013)

Parker's Heritage Collection Promise of Hope (2013)

William Larue Weller (2015)

92

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel (2014; 2016)

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OBSK (2015)

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OESK (2014)

Willet Family Estate Single Barrel Rye (2016)

91


Blanton's Straight From The Barrel (2014; 2016)

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OESV (2015)

Westland Amaretto Cask (2018)

90

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel (2012)

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch (2014)

William Heavenhill Bottled-in-Bond (2014)

W.L. Weller 12 Y.O. (2015)

89

George Dickel Barrel Select (2016)

Maker's Mark Cask Strength (Batch 14-02)

Stagg Jr. (2018)

Westland Garryana (Batch 3.1; 2018)

88

Blanton's Gold (2012)

Blanton's Original Single Barrel (2013)

Bulleit Barrel Strength (2017)

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old (2017)

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (2015)

Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel OBSO (2015)

Four Roses Small Batch (2014)

Four Roses Single Barrel (2014)

George T. Stagg (2011)

Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Bourbon (2016)

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny (2015)

Maker's 46 (2014)

Old Weller Antique 107 (2015)

Parker's Heritage Collection Original Small Batch (2014)

Pikesville Straight Rye (2016)

Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond (2014; 2017)

Westland American Oak Single Malt (2017)

Westland Peat Week Single Malt (2017)

Whoop & Holler (2017)

87

1792 Full Proof (2016)

Angel's Envy (2015)

Barterhouse 20 Y.O. (2015)

Blanton’s Original (2018)

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old (2013)

Four Roses Single Barrel (2016)

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style (2017)

Old Weller Antique 107 (2016)

Westland Sherry Wood (2018)

86

1792 Ridgemont Reserve (2013)

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 137 (2013)

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 169 (2013)

Bulleit 95 Rye

Evan Williams Single Barrel (2004 Vintage; 2006 Vintage)

George Dickel No. 12 (2015; 2017)

Ironroot Republic Hubris Corn Whiskey (2017)

Maker's Mark (2014)

Old Charter 10 Year Old (2013)

Stagg Jr. (2014)

Van Winkle "Lot B" 12 Years Old (2014)

Westland Peated Single Malt (2017)

Whistlepig Madeira Cask 12 Year Old (2012)

Wild Turkey 101 (2017)

Wild Turkey Rare Breed (2018)

85

Bernheim Straight Wheat (2014)

Bib & Tucker Small Batch (2016)

Buffalo Trace (2013;2015)

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 25 (2013)

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 153 (2013)

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 185 (2013)

Bulleit Bourbon (2015)

Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye (2014)

George Dickel Rye (2015)

Ironroot Republic Icarus (2017)

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel (2014)

Sazerac Straight Rye (2014)

Westland Eureka Cask (2018)

Woodford Reserve (2014)

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked (2017)

Whistlepig Old World 12 Year Old (2015)

Scotch Whisky

96

Highland Park 30 Year Old (2016)

Elements of Islay Oc1 (2015)

93

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Years Old (2014)

Carsebridge 48 Years Old (2018)

Glen Garioch 1965 21 Y.O. (1986)

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (2013)

Lagavulin Distiller's Edition (2013)

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength (Batch 007)

Longrow 18 Year Old (2016)

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (MacKillop's Choice; 2014)

The Spice Tree (2012)

92

Lagavulin 8 Year Old (2016)

Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary (2015)

Longmorn 16 Year Old (2014)

Octomore 7.3 (2010)

Talisker 8 Year Old Cask Strength (2018)

91

Aberlour A'Bunadh (Batch 44; Batch 58)

Cladach Blended Malt (2018)

Clynelish 20 Years Old 1995 (Gleann Mor; 2015)

Highland Park 25 Years Old 1989 (Douglas Laing; 2014)

Laphroaig Quarter Cask (2012; 2014)

MacKinlay's Rare Old (The Discovery; 2011)

90

Ballantine's 17 Year Old (2013)

Big Peat Christmas Edition (2014)

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1996 (Hunter Laing; 2014)

Glendronach Cask Strength (2014)

Highland Park 12 Years Old (2011)

Laphroaig 10 Year Old (2013)

The Macallan Cask Strength (2010)

North British 53 Year Old 1961 (Douglas Laing; 2015)

Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength (2014)

Talisker 18 Year Old (2018)

89

Aberlour 16 Years Old (2014)

Aberlour A'Bunadh (Batch 58)

Big Peat Christmas Edition (2013)

Blue Hanger (6th Release; 2013)

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old (2015)

Clynelish 14 Y.O. (2014;2015)

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old (2014)

Glen Grant 48 Y.O. 1965 (Celebration of the Cask; 2012)

Glendronach 1994 Single Cask (2012)

Glendronach Cask Strength (2015)

Glenfarclas 25 Y.O. (2015)

Glenfiddich 18 Y.O. (2013)

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or (2012)

Highland Park 12 Y.O. (2013)

Highland Park Valknut (2018)

Inchgower 27 Y.O. (2018)

Kilchoman Machir Bay (2016)

The Laddie 10 (2013)

Longmorn 1989 25 Y.O. (Douglas Laing; 2014)

Miltonduff 18 Years Old 1995 (Signatory; 2014)

Octomore 7.1 (2015)

Pittyvaich 28 Y.O. (2018)

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 (2016)

Old Pulteney 17 Y.O. (2014)

The Peat Monster (2012)

Springbank 10 Year Old (2014)

Tomintoul 25 Year Old (2014)

88

Aberlour A'Bunadh (Batch 49)

Balvenie Signature 12 Years Old (Batch 5; 2013)

Benriach Curiositas 10 Year Old (2014)

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009 (2016)

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (2016)

Craigellachie 17 Year Old (2014)

Glenfiddich 15 Y.O. Solera (2013)

Glenmorangie 10 Y.O. Original (2013)

Highland Park 24 Years Old (Master of Malt; 2014)

Highland Park Cask Strength 2006 (Gordon & MacPhail; 2015)

Highland Park Valkyrie (2017)

Ledaig 10 Year Old (2015)

Longrow Peated (2015)

Mortlach Rare Old (2016)

Octomore 8.1 Masterclass (2017)

Talisker Port Rhuige (2014)

Tamdhu Batch Strength (2015)

87

Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 (2017)

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (2012)

Highland Park 10 Y.O. (2014)

The Hive 12 Y.O. (2014)

Infamous 22 Y.O. (2016)

Johnnie Walker Green Label (2017)

Kilchoman Coull Point (2014)

Laphroaig 18 Year Old (2015)

Laphroaig PX Cask (2013)

Oban 21 Year Old (2018)

Octomore 6.1 (2014)

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (2014)

Singleton of Glen Ord 14 Year Old (2018)

Strathisla 21 Year Old 1992 (Douglas Laing; 2013)

Talisker 10 Year Old (2017)

Talisker 57 Degrees North (2012)

Talisker Distiller's Edition (2014)

Talisker Storm (2014; 2017)

86

Balvenie 12 Year OId Single Bourbon Barrel (2015)

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Sherry Barrel (2015)

Benromach 10 Year Old (2015)

Bowmore Darkest 15 Years Old (2013)

Bruichladdich 15 Y.O. (2006)

Chivas Regal 18 Y.O. (2015)

Dalmore 15 Y.O. (2013)

Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition (2014)

Fettercairn Fior (2015)

Glendronach 12 Y.O. (2013)

Glenfiddich 15 Y.O. Distillery Edition (2015)

Glenlivet 18 Y.O. (2015)

Highland Park 10 Y.O. (2015)

Isle of Jura Prophecy (2015)

Johnnie Walker Black Label (2014)

The Laddie Classic (2016)

Laphroaig An Cuan Mor (2016)

Laphroaig Triple Wood (2015)

Ledaig 21 Year Old (Cadenhead; 2013)

The Macallan 12 Year Old (2014)

Macaloney's Twa Cask Caol Ila & Bunnahabhain (2018)

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1994 (Cadenhead; 2015)

Oban Little Bay (2017)

Poit Dhubh 8 Bliadna (2014)

Scapa 22 Year Old (MacKillop's Choice; 2013)

Talisker Dark Storm (2014)

85

Borders Single Grain (2016)

Bowmore 12 Y.O. (2013)

Craigellachie 13 Y.O. (2015)

Glendronach Revival 15 Y.O. (2017)

Glenfarclas 17 Y.O. (2015)

Glenmorangie Lasanta (2012)

Hazleburn 10 Y.O. (2014)

Macaloney's Twa Cask Benrinnes & Glenlossie (2018)

Old Pulteney 12 Y.O. (2014)

Royal Brackla 12 Y.O. (2014)

Talisker 10 Year Old (2013)

Teacher's (2014)

Indian Whisky

94

Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 12; 2014)

93

Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 28; 2016)

91

Amrut Intermediate Sherry (Batch 20; 2015)

88

Amrut Single Malt Rye (2018)

Amrut Spectrum (2015)

87

Amrut Fusion (2012)

Amrut Portonova (Batch 5; 2014)

Irish Whiskey

92

Redbreast 21 Year Old (2013)

91

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength (2015)

90

Redbreast 12 Year Old (2013)

Redbreast 15 Years Old (2015)

89

Green Spot (2017)

Redbreast 12 Year Old (2015)

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength (2013)

Redbreast Lustau (2016)

88

Tyrconnel 10 Years Old Madeira Finish (2014)

Yellow Spot 12 Years Old (2017)

Writer's Tears Red Head (2017)

87

Bushmills Black Bush (2015; 2017)

86

Bushmills Single Malt 10 Y.O. (2017)

Teeling Small Batch (04/2017)

Writer's Tears Copper Pot (2017)

85

Bushmills Red Bush (2017)

Tyrconnel Single Malt (2017)

Japanese Whisky

91

Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old (2014)

89

Yamazaki 12 Year Old (2015)

88

Nikka Coffey Grain (2014)

Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Year Old (2014)

87

Hakushu 12 Year Old (2014)

Hibiki 12 Year Old (2014)

Hibiki Harmony (2016)

86

Miyagikyo 10 Year Old (2014)

85

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel (2013)

Nikka Coffey Malt (2016)

South African Whisky

86

Three Ships 5 Year Old (2013)

Swedish Whisky

87

High Coast (BOX) The Second Step Collection (2016)

86

Mackmyra Svensk Ek (2015)

Taiwanese Whisky

90

Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (2012)

88

Kavalan Solist Sherry (2014)

87

Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry (2012)

86

Kavalan Podium (2015)

85

Kavalan Sherry Oak (2015)