Call it white whiskey, call it moonshine, but don't dare call it ordinary. Jack Daniel's Unaged Rye Whiskey ($50) is the first new mashbill to come out of Lynchburg in over 100 years, and surprises drinkers with a sweet and fruity smell, plenty of rye bite, and a crisp, dry finish. Available in Tennessee in December, and arriving elsewhere early next year.
Given the no-nonsense label and clear color, House Spirits White Dog Whiskey ($34) looks more like something from a doctor's office than a liquor store. This unusually clear whiskey is made from 100% malted barley, and aged in a barrel for only three hours to round out any harsh notes without taking on any unwanted brownish color. Beyond the obvious flavor of malt, you'll find some nice spicy notes, a dry body, and a long finish. If you're thinking about picking up a bottle, you'd best hurry — it's an extremely limited release.
If you're the type of person who enjoys a shot of whiskey in the morning, Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky ($30) should be right up your alley. This Canadian rye whisky features a rich hint of maple from trees tapped at the very beginning of spring, as well as the natural oak flavors that come from a blend of 3-, 5-, and 7-year-old rye whiskies, which are blended and matured further to create a one-of-a-kind flavor that may or may not go great with your flapjacks.