Best Whiskey Reviews of June 2021

Each month, the team at Whisky Suggest 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 Whisky Suggest App! Here are the best whiskey reviews of June 2021.

Ardbeg Scorch – Committee Release

  • Author: bkeller86
  • Rating: 84/100
  • Review: “Scorch CR (51.7%) vs Scorch (46%)
    • Nose: Lemon, Herbal, Spicy Rye, Malty, Vanilla cream. Smoke seems much more muted than other Ardbegs, imo. If anything I’m getting a wet warehouse note. Deeper, sharper, with more going on than the standard.
    • Palate: Bakery Notes, Smoke shows up but in a friendly way (not the traditional rambunctious fashion). Easy drinking, smooth.
    • Finish: More vanilla sweetness, no burn and more lively than the standard. Medium in length.
    • Rating: 84/100 (Overhyped)

Ardbeg Scorch

  • Author: bkeller86
  • Rating: 79/100
  • Review: “Scorch CR (51.7%) vs Scorch (46%)
    • Nose: Herbal, Vanilla, Lemon. Softer but rounder. A very slight bit of wet, damp earthy peat. Pleasant but quite a bit less interesting than the CR.
    • Palate: Creamy Vanilla with herbs. Where’s the smoke? I’m confused.
    • Finish: Average.
    • Rating: 79/100 (Also Overhyped)”

Basil Hayden’s Artfully Aged

  • Author: Tenman1
  • Rating: 50/100
  • Review: “A lot of people say this is a smooth and “nice” bourbon but I think it’s kind of harsh with a lot of pepper and spice. I can also feel oak and the aftertaste is pretty long and spicy, but I find some sweets in the nose with vanilla and dry fruits and it smells good. I tried to open it up with some drops of water and I let it rest for ten minutes but I cannot make up my mind on this one; it’s kind of overrated. It’s strange because the nose is really good but I cannot find the sweetness in the taste. In the beginning when I try to leave the whisky on the front of my tongue I taste “paper” and pepper. Can it be a bad batch?”

Bowmore Small Batch

  • Author: AyeSLAY
  • Rating: 65/100
  • Review: “If that was a blind tasting, I would say this is a good cheap Islay guy from negotiants or a good (as much as it can) low segment Islay blend. But I knew that was Bowmore. It is no good for Bowmore. It is not a malt with anything apart from typical whiskiness, nor it is a good peat-me-through attraction – quite young, yet too Bowmory peated. I bet it is a strategical failure with this release. Bowmore didn’t care about this malt — I don’t give a dram about it.

Bulleit 95 Rye

  • Author: BillShannon
  • Rating: 73/100
  • Review: “Since this sucker is 95% rye, it should give me the Platonic ideal of what “”rye whiskey”” is, yes? I got a half-bottle for $20, which I wish they would make more of. This one stands on its own, with lots of spices and an herbal character. But it’s also tailor made for an Old Fashioned or a Kentucky Mule. A very solid buy.”

Kavalan Port Cask

  • Author: Don_Cassi
  • Rating: 84/100
  • Review: “The nose starts out very closed and dark with cassis, cognac, marzipan and a slight hint of glue. Behind it light herbal atoms. Relatively soft in the mouth for the alcohol content, plus dark fruity and a bit sour. In the finish, the alcohol hits first, then the oak spreads over a Haribo blackberry note. There is a slight hint of glue in the background. Intense representative from Taiwan, who unfortunately cannot express the intensity in flavors. Grade: 2+”

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, B1/20

  • Author: BigJim
  • Rating: 100/100
  • Review: “Best Irish out there. Mic drop…”

Taketsuru Pure Malt

  • Author: Larry411
  • Rating: 87/100
  • Review: “Orchard fruits and soy sauce, malty, viscous, slight whispy speyside-like smokiness with faint hints of tobacco, hints of French vanilla, and no rough edges. This tastes like a 20+ year old whiskey with less complexity (even though I heard it was mostly 10). Good stuff!”

The Six Isles Batch Strength

  • Author: Mott
  • Rating: 87/100
  • Review: “Kudos to whoever the blender was that put these barrels together because wow what a whisky. This is big, this is spicy and this is a brilliant representation of whisky from the six isles coming together in near perfect harmony. Not a quiet or easy drinking dram and all the better for it.”

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

  • Author: fletcherbird
  • Rating: 15/100
  • Review: “Not a fan at all, would rather drink unleaded 95”


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