One thing Ron Burgundy takes as seriously as news is scotch, so it should come as no surprise that San Diego's top newsman has a scotch of his own, and it's kind of a big deal. Ron Burgundy Scotchy Scotch Scotch ($TBA) is a blend of whiskies from Speyside, Highlands and Islay worthy of the Burgundy catchphrase "Great Odin's Raven." It sounds like a must have bottle, especially if you have many leather-bound books and your apartment smells of rich mahogany. Don't act like you're not impressed.
For the past 39 years, Anchor Brewing has released one of the most unique and tasty holiday beers on the market, Our Special Ale. Every holiday season we look forward to celebrating with a new batch and a new hand drawn label. As the holidays wound down last year however, Anchor decided to do something different with their remaining stock. Instead of scrapping the leftovers, they decided to pass it to Anchor Spirits, where they distilled the leftovers into a unique white spirit aptly named White Christmas ($50). It's gentle upfront with a nice long and spicy finish featuring notes of clove, holiday spice, and dried fruits. This limited production white whiskey is sure to sell fast, especially since this year it's only available in California.
Whiskey collectors and connoisseurs are constantly hunting for the tastiest and rarest bottles around. Some bottles carry a hefty price tag, while others are just difficult to find. The latter is the case with Willett Family Estate Rye Whiskey ($35) which isn't outside of most price ranges, but not much is made and it's tough to track down. Every bottle contains a hand marked age statement and barrel number, but the amount of each batch rarely exceeds 200 bottles. Despite the 110 proof, it's an easy sipper, with a classic rye mintiness and a clean, crisp finish. Add it to your Whiskey Envy list.
If you aren't familiar with great rye whiskey, it might be time to get acquainted with one of the best, E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey ($70). Rye Whiskey has seen a resurgence of late, after mostly disappearing after Prohibition. Taylor Rye is made by the same folks who bring you the fantastic Sazerac Rye, but is a totally different recipe. One thing that is not different however, is the high quality it's produced with, and the satisfying taste it yields. A quick whiff brings notes of vanilla, black pepper and dark sugars. Of course the taste meets our standards as well, packing a spicy punch with a satisfying dry finish.
When it comes to Scotch whiskies, Johnnie Walker sits in the company of the most well known and best distributed in the world. To fit this description, they have a nice collection of options. Johnnie Walker Platinum ($110) falls in between Blue and Gold in their line, and is the latest release from the Scottish master blenders. Platinum was inspired by the Walker family's tradition of crafting private blends for company directors and special occasions. It was crafted from single malt and grain whiskies and is an incredibly smooth sipper with the subtle addition of the trademark Johnnie Walker smokiness. At 18 years old, it's a mature, exceptional blend worthy of your next significant event.
One word that we don't usually associate with whiskey is "sexy", but it certainly applies when it comes to Brenne Whiskey ($60). After all, a Single Malt Whiskey from France aged in Limousin Oak and finished in Cognac Casks sounds pretty damn sexy. And the taste lives up to that billing as well, with a fruit forward aroma and plenty of creamy goodness for your palate. Brenne isn't trying to be a bourbon or a scotch, but instead aims to embody a true French Whiskey. It's sophisticated, exclusive and most importantly, downright delicious.
For those of you looking to explore a new area of the rye whiskey circuit, we present to you Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey ($70). This unique liquid is finished in Franco Caribbean Rum Casks which previously carried French cognac. The result is a rye whiskey that begins in a somewhat traditional fashion, but finishes like one you've never tasted before. The aroma is strong with brown sugar and spice, and the taste brings vanilla oak, maple sugar and a dry but sweet finish. It's as if a really great rye whiskey was made by rum runners in the Caribbean.
Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, played a big role in the repeal of an unpopular whiskey tax back in 1801, so it's no surprise that his face is emblazoned on bottles of bourbon and rye whiskey. Jefferson's Straight Rye Whiskey ($33) not only borrows his name and face, but boasts a taste that's impressive as well. It's aged longer than most Ryes at 10 years, and is one of only four that can claim to be 100% Rye. It also has dibs on a sweet but spicy taste with a very smooth finish. A presidential addition to any well rounded liquor collection.
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It's such a catchy name that we're surprised no one's using it commercially, but these two bottles of Shipwreck Whiskey ($TBA; auction) are actually very rare. They were among eight bottles recovered from the SS Politician, an 8,000-ton cargo ship that sank off the coast of Scotland in 1941, bound for Jamaica and New Orleans with 28,000 cases of whiskey. Bottled by W & A Gilbey with an original cork and wax sealed by Christies, you can be sure it'll be one of the more interesting drinks you can take.
One of the great things about small distilleries is their ability to try out new flavors that the bigger outfits can't. Take Kings County Distillery Chocolate Whiskey ($20) for example. This unique, limited edition spirit is made by infusing Kings County Distillery Moonshine with the leftover cocoa husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate, craft chocolate company that's not too far from Kings County's own distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The resulting drink is rich, with a nice mix of sweet and savory flavors, and at 40% ABV, quite stout, as well. [Scouted by Kenneth]
What do The Rolling Stones do to celebrate their 50th anniversary? They drink some booze, of course! Actually, they release booze, in the form of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Whisky ($TBA). Crafted by legendary Japanese distillers Suntory, this special blend contains malts distilled and casked in milestone years throughout the band's history, giving it a very rich, complex flavor. If you want one of the commemorative bottles, which are designed around the iconic lips and tongue logo, you'd best hurry — only 150 will be produced.
In case you didn't know, Frank Sinatra was known to drink Jack Daniel's. A lot of Jack Daniel's. Now Jack is returning the favor by honoring the man who was such a loyal fan. Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select ($TBA) arrives at 90 proof inside a specially-designed one-liter bottle and gift box that both feature accents of orange — Frank's favorite color — and a distinct "hat" logo. The whiskey is made from barrels that are hand-selected by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett for a fuller flavor and darker color, then mingled with classic Old No. 7 to result in a drink with a smooth, bold character — just like the man himself. [Scouted by Tom]