Best Whiskey Reviews of October 2022

Each month, the team at Abov looks to highlight the best whiskey reviews shared by the community. Best can be subjective, but these are some of the most entertaining, informative, unique, or spot-on whiskey reviews we could find. If you would like to be featured, be sure to keep writing those reviews in the Abov App! Here are the best whiskey reviews of October 2022.

Aberlour A’bunadh

  • Category: Single Malt
  • Origin: Scotland
  • Author: @kflerlage
  • Rating: 70/100
  • Review: “Sherry bomb! Very high alcohol content but a nice sipper. “

Balcones Brimstone

  • Category: Corn
  • Origin: United States
  • Author: @BlackWyvern
  • Rating: 60/100
  • Review: “Taste of this BBQ-sauce will last for days. Nice curiosity but nothing special.”

Caol Ila 2009 Distillers Edition

  • Category: Single Malt
  • Origin: Scotland
  • Author: @Kermel
  • Rating: 95/100
  • Review: “Almost non smoky – unusual and surprising (Moscatel finish). Very soft nose, chocolatey, nutty, creamy. Mild taste, very nice, sweety, creamy, nutty, coffee, chocolate. Great surprise, it wouldn’t remind of Caol Ila at all (being it not written on the bottle 😉 )”

Chapter 7 Prologue

  • Category: Blended Malt
  • Origin: Scotland
  • Author: @HansvdGoor
  • Rating: 70/100
  • Review: “Easy to drink despite the 49%. Young, grainy, oak, caramel”

Flóki Icelandic Single Malt 3 Year Old Single Cask Reserve

  • Category: Single Malt
  • Origin: Iceland
  • Author: @NickNL
  • Rating: 68/100
  • Review: “Taste and smells like hot moist bake-off bread. Didn’t like it the first time but around 2/3rd of the bottle left I started to appreciate and like it more and more.”

George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • Category: Bourbon
  • Origin: United States
  • Author: @DipTheBread
  • Rating: 89/100
  • Review: “caramels and vanilla flavor is extremely prominent. No bourbon in this price point and at 94 proof competes with this flavor profile. watch cartel hour podcast as Seth Benheim nails it.”

Glen Ranoch Highland Single Malt

  • Category: Single Malt
  • Origin: Scotland
  • Author: @Lammer
  • Rating: 58/100
  • Review: “The sour smell does not go away, even after breathing well. Whiskey is absolutely empty, no taste. Only alcohol sticks out. You can take vodka or tincture cheaper. In general, I do not recommend anyone, this is a divorce for this money. But alcohol is normal, the body digests without problems.”

Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

  • Category: Blend
  • Origin: Japan
  • Author: @Marvins_creed
  • Rating: 72/100
  • Review: “a bit harsh on the ethanol, discreet taste, nothing special but definitely not bad. Will open up a lot with a few drops of water and becomes more complex. Nose: honey, caramel, vanilla, fruit. Palate: vanilla, spice, cinnamon”

Octomore Edition 07.1

  • Category: Single Malt
  • Origin: Scotland
  • Author: @MarcHD
  • Rating: 91/100
  • Review: “What a whisky! Surprised once again by how accessible this was despite the ppm. Beginning to think any amount of peat past a certain amount doesn’t really get much harsher. Made me think of Ardbeg Uigedail without the sherry influence and if you added that distinct Bruichladdich spirit with it’s oats and blue cheese notes. A real treat, but definitely, without a shadow of a doubt not worth the asking price. Uigedail or Port Charlotte for me thanks!”

Suntory Whisky Kakubin

  • Category: Blend
  • Origin: Japan
  • Author: @Snoof
  • Rating: 78/100
  • Review: “This blend does not offend. Nose: There is the promise of a saltiness. Once more with Japanese whisky, there is a maritime influence floating around in there amid the honey and general sweetness. Not quite iodine but apparent. There is a touch of pepperiness that suggests spice and maybe a slight nutmeg vibe although behind the honeyed sweet nose. Palate: Yep, peppercorn added to even more honey. This is honey of the runny honey variety and cinnamon more than nutmeg. There is a little fruit on subsequent tastings and it’s not a bad whisky at all. The quality of the blend brings a higher score as there is not a wide-ranging flavour profile to be found here. Finish: Much as above and medium in length. Without indulging in cliché, again a Japanese whisky that is almost brilliant but suffers from being too perfect in what it set out to do. It’s a quality blend but maybe a little bland to hit a score in the eighties or above… But I wouldn’t refuse this if offered! “

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