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94 points

Eifel Whisky German Peated Duo Malt 2021 Edition, 46%

A nose of Nestle Crunch bar, dates, smoke from green wood, golden syrup, vanilla seeds, cherry gummy bears, and a medley of dried fruits. Respectfully, with its 4:1 mashbill ratio of malted wheat and barley to 35 ppm peated malt, it’s like a fine blended scotch that costs ten times more. The flavors are in perfect balance with a distinctive red wine influence, with dark toffee, black cherry, black currant, runny caramel, and an up-tempo spiciness. (2,400 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Winter 2021)

93 points

Eifel Peated Single Malt (2019 Release), 46%

I’m calling this the pitmaster’s dram: the nose has muscular peat smoke, prune juice, savory notes of barbecued brisket bark, venison charcuterie, and a hint of peppermint cream. The palate is a gluttonous feast of sweet dark fruits, milk chocolate, dried fig, plum, sultanas, and ginger, sliding into baked orange and spicy gingerbread, and wallowing luxuriously in chocolate and rich fruit. A welcome addition to Eifel’s already impressive range. (1,200 bottles for the U.S.)

Reviewed by: (Winter 2019)

93 points

Eifel German Single Malt (2019 Edition), 46%

This latest unpeated vintage has aromas of maple syrup, peanut brittle, sesame snaps, aged balsamic, stretchy cherry taffy, toasted coconut, and snuff tobacco. It’s 6 years old, comprising a primary maturation in refill red wine barrels and a 2-year finish in cream sherry casks, producing a syrupy-textured dram with baked desserts of plum and orange, brown sugar, ginger pudding, vanilla, chocolate-covered nuts, and a burnt sugar finish. (2,400 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Fall 2020)

92 points

Eifel Whisky German Peated Rye 2021 Edition, 46%

No rye was peated in the making of this whisky. It acquires its peaty character through four years in Laphroaig casks after an initial three years in refill Chateau Ausone barrels. Slightly burnt chocolate brownie, peat slabs, sooty charcoal, and dried seaweed mask aromas of purple fruits and Seville orange marmalade. It’s like tasting a smoked fruit liqueur with strawberries in cream, plum, cherry, creamy caramel, and peppery spices. (2,400 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Winter 2021)

92 points

Eifel German Rye (2019 Edition), 46%

This is a colossal rye, the result of 2 years in first-fill and refill red wine barrels, and 2 years in malaga casks. The nose suggests a thick, velvety dram of dark rye bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, prune juice, sultana, and pecan pie, with herbal undertones. On the palate there is dark smooth toffee, stewed plum, bramble, and spun sugar stalked by ginger, pepper, and cinnamon. Oh, the Manhattans you will make. (2,400 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Fall 2020)

90 points

Eifel Whisky German Single Malt 2021 Edition, 46%

Around 8 years old, this is filled into medium-toasted red Bordeaux barrels followed by 4 years in first and second-fill cream sherry casks. Aromas of Black Forest gateaux, Nutella, sesame bars, freshly ground spices, dunnage floors, and tobacco. It’s a brooding, serious whisky with flavors of toffee, dark fruit, treacle sponge, pepper, spices, and leather, with a deep well of black currant, bramble, and black cherry flavors. (3,600 bottles)  

Reviewed by: (Winter 2021)

90 points

Eifel German Rye, 46%

A dark amber dram made from 90% rye yields a nose of chestnuts, mushroom consommé, earthiness, nutmeg, and clove. Dark berries dominate, with bramble, crème de cassis, black cherry, plum, and mixed peel, then chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg—a great autumnal dram after an invigorating walk in the countryside. Unique and confident whisky with an inky blue-fruit finish matched with dry and gentle spiciness. (3,000 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Summer 2019)

89 points

Eifel Single Malt, 46%

A decade ago, Eifel began to distill in the German grain-distilling tradition using a column still with a second pot still distillation. Named after a low mountain range in western Germany, this has a punchy nose of stewed apple and rhubarb, pepper, clove, ground ginger, and dried citrus peel, with hints of chocolate. Quite distinctive: stewed fruit, plum, peppermint, candied orange, and a finish of chocolate-covered mint candy. (3,000 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Summer 2019)

88 points

Eifel Whisky German Rye 2021 Edition, 46%

This double-distilled rye from a 90% rye mashbill was distilled in a traditional German column still, with a second distillation in a copper pot still, then finished in Malaga and German Pinot Noir casks. It has a nose of spices, dill, dry leaves, dark toffee, and cinnamon bark. It’s tasty, but other than a hint of red apple, there’s less flavor evolution than after the initial burst of caramel, rye spices, black pepper, clove, dry oak, cinnamon, and leather notes. (3,600 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Winter 2021)


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