With so many great whiskies being produced in Scotland, particularly in the Islay region, it can be difficult to know what to grab as you peruse the liquor store shelves. Scottish Barley, a recent release in the Port Charlotte line from Bruichladdich, is more than a worthy choice, presenting the rare combination of great taste and great packaging. It's an Islay Single Malt distilled from 100% Scottish Barley, then matured in the village of Port Charlotte. The casks were hand picked by Master Distiller Jim McEwan and each bottle features a heavy dose of peat, clocking in at 40ppm, a nice uptick from your typical Islay dram.
Distilled three times and aged in American Bourbon Oak Casks, many call The Irishman Cask Strength Whiskey one of the most exclusive in all of Ireland. And it's not only rare — with only two to three thousand bottles produced each year — but it's also a remarkable Irish whiskey. Only the best casks in the cellar are used for this annual release that weighs in at 54% ABV and garners awards and praise from reviewers and tasters around the world every year.