Kara Newman

Spirits Editor

Reviews spirits.

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (coming in Spring 2013) and Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails, both from Chronicle Books. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, she loves dive bars and speakeasies alike.

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The Classic Cask Rare Scotch Whisky Single Batch 40

  1. $400

Distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2012, this 40-year-old blended Scotch is special. The nut-brown hue and rich aromas of sweet spice and brown sugar hint at what’s to come. It delivers bold, complex flavor: rounded toffee, allspice, leather, tea and oak, with a mouthwatering saline note and a long but gentle finish.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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Dewar’s 18

  1. $80

This golden blended Scotch is remarkably complex, showing creamy vanilla, crème brûlée and almond before tapering to dry, warm notes of cedar, sandalwood and clove. Finishes long and feather-light, with just a trace of smokiness.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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Chivas Regal 18 Years

  1. $75

Amber and bright in the glass, this 18-year-old blended whisky melds vanilla, cigar wrapper and chamomile tea notes with nutmeg and cinnamon spice, plus a delicate puff of sweet smoke. Feels light and silky, finishes long and gently.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
95
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Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old

  1. $180

Scented with honey and dried apricots, this blended Japanese whisky is remarkably soft for a 21-year-old bottling, with just the evidence of oak tannins as a reminder of age. Complex flavors included mellow, rounded vanilla and caramel, peach and apricot, orange peel, plus a light cover of smoke fading to toffee and citrus on the long finish.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Chivas Regal 25

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  1. $260

Velvety and complex, this blended whisky mixes light smoke and butterscotch aromas. On the palate, look for bold toffee and oak, baked apple and cedar-clove spice wrapped in moderate peatiness, which also winds into the drying finish.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend

  1. $75

A limited-edition bottling to commemorate the brand’s 75th anniversary, this luscious, full-bodied whisky mixes creamy mouth-coating vanilla, baked apple, crème brûlée and butterscotch, finishing long, warm and spiced. Consider this mellow, balanced whisky for a dessert pairing or post-prandial sipper.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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Dewar’s 12

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  1. $30

Possibly one of the best-balanced whiskies around—which is what blending is all about—this honey-hued Scotch measures out fruit, smoke, oak and spice. The fresh, enticing scent incorporates fresh apple, orange peel and milky caramel. On the palate, light smokiness up front gives way to more vanilla and fruit, winding into the long baking-spice finish.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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Johnnie Walker Platinum Label

  1. $110

Aged 18 years, this “private blend,” added to the line-up in 2013, is supple and smooth. It has a vibrant topaz tint and bold orange peel and honey notes underpinned by light smokiness. The smoky notes gently crest with each additional sip.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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