Putting You On: New Whiskeys, Rye & Single Malts
There are many levels to Whiskey or Whisky, American, Japanese, Scottish, and Irish. You also have bourbon, Rye, blended and Single malt scotch and American whiskey like Jack Daniels. The last 4yrs has seen a tremendous rise of the entire whiskey category, so much so that Tequila is jumping into the party with their Anejo and aged clear Tequila, as well as Rum, Cognac and Vodka. Everyone pretty much wants to match or emulate whiskey’s distinctive aura. Whiskey is the gathering drink, the drink you have after a long day, or meeting your friends at the cigar bar. It’s the ultimate drink but certain whiskeys match different taste buds, and it’s important to find your whiskey and make that your permanent drink. There’s no wrong way to drink whiskey, but not every whiskey is for everybody.
Lets explore some undiscovered whiskeys you should keep on your radar. The focus is on bourbons, ryes and single malts. For Old Fashion and Manhattan cocktails, Blade and Bow, IW Harper, Russell Reserve Rye and Hillhaven Lodge work best.
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon is deep amber in color with a nose that is rich in vanilla, oak, toffee and a touch of old leather. The body is huge, and the palate is very spicy with notes of chili peppers, tamarind, almonds and cumin. 750ml bottle MSRP $36.99.
Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye
Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye matured in the deepest no. 4 char barrels, producing complex flavors of all spice, pepper and almonds, yet it’s incredibly smooth.750 ml bottle MSRP $41.99.
Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited release whiskey that pays homage to the artful passion and renowned craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Only available in a number of states and winner of the coveted double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this whiskey is sure to receive the approval of the most discerning whiskey-loving dads. MSRP $150
The Hollywood Dad: The Hilhaven Lodge (NEW)
The Hilhaven Lodge is a new-to-world whiskey developed in collaboration with Hollywood director, and current owner of Hilhaven Lodge, Brett Ratner. The Hilhaven Lodge features a distinctive blend of three different styles of whiskey spanning across three decades – Bourbon from the 2000’s, Tennessee Whiskey from the 1990’s and Rye Whiskey from the 1980’s. Combined, these whiskeys offer an unbelievably smooth tasting experience. MSRP $50
I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
After nearly 20 years abroad, I.W. Harper has returned to the United States with this limited release inspired by the original I.W. Harper variants. MSRP $75
Speyburn Arranta Casks Single Malt Scotch Whiskey recently named one of the Top 100 Spirits of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. This U.S. only limited release is unique for its exclusive use of first fill American Oak ex-bourbon casks and draws its rich color and full-bodied flavor from the quality and character of the wood. MSRP $40
Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyburn 10 offers a classic Speyside experience with its medium-bodied, delicate and fruity character with that hint of peat. Always a favorite, thanks to its consistent quality and outstanding reviews (93 points from the Wine Enthusiast) Speyburn 10 is easy-going and ready to be the single malt Dad loves year round. MSRP $29
The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection, three special-edition whiskies released for the first time ever in the U.S., inspired by the historical connection to the Pullman Company, a pioneer of first-class railroad travel. The collection is a highly collectable series. Each numbered bottle comes in a sleek wooden box and is available at retail locations and on www.caskers.com MSRP $349.99/bottle.
Remember, it’s about quality and growing with age and experience. What you had to drink 10 years ago should not be what you drink today, allow your palate to evolve, graduate from Jack Daniels, to Jameson to Makers Mark to Bulliet, then Johnnie Walker Black, then Macallan 12 and end with a 18yr old, preferably Glenlivet or Glenfiddich.