The Booker's name is already known as one of the best barrel proof bourbons on the market. And now, with Booker's Rye Whiskey, they're aiming to set the bar even higher. The rye is made from some of the last barrels the late Booker Noe laid down 13 years ago in his favorite rack house and selected by his son Fred, the current master distiller at Jim Beam. It's older, darker, and more complex than just about every other rye whiskey you'll find, and packs a wallop at 136.2 proof. A rare, one-of-a-kind rye whiskey that is unlikely to ever be duplicated.
If it's peat and smoke you crave, it's tough to go wrong with The Peat Monster from Compass Box. It's a blend of single malt whiskies from the south coast of Islay and the village of Port Askaig, vatted with Ardmore. It was then matured in a mix of first fill and refill American oak casks. The result is a peaty dram that is balanced nicely with malt and fruit flavors. It might not be the biggest monster on the whiskey shelf, but it's certain to be one of the the best blended scotch whiskies you'll come across.
Some of the best rye whiskey around comes from the folks at WhistlePig in Vermont. And their latest release, which is also their oldest to date, is another step forward for the brand. WhistlePig 15 Year Rye Whiskey is sourced from Canada, and then finished in custom charred barrels made from Vermont White Oaks trees found on the WhistlePig Farm. The trees have a denser wood grain than the wood from most barrels, which imparts a distinct flavor into every bottle of whiskey. It clocks in at 92 proof and is made using a 100% rye mash bill.