The Fall season sees temperatures beginning to drop, leaves changing color, and most importantly, a steady stream of great new whiskey releases. Heaven Hill releases Parker's Heritage every fall, a special series named for Master Distiller Parker Beam, who was diagnosed with ALS several years ago. This year for the first time, Parker's Heritage is not a bourbon, but instead is a 13-year-old Wheat Whiskey that is bottled at a hefty 136.2 ABV cask strength. What emerges is a big, bold whiskey with a long, spicy tail. And $5 from every bottle sold goes directly towards ALS research and treatment.
As the thirst for Rye Whiskey escalates among spirits appreciators, it's getting tougher and tougher to find one that is good, available, and affordable. Old Scout Rye Whiskey from Smooth Ambler fits that profile to a tee, as the distillery quickly climbs the ladder of reputation in the industry despite only being around since 2009. Their Rye Whiskey is 7 years old, uses 95% rye in the mashbill, and clocks in at 99 proof — making it an excellent candidate to drink neat or to add to your next Old Fashioned.
When it comes to single pot still Irish Whiskey that won't cost you an arm and a leg, it's tough to beat Green Spot. The biggest problem for those of us in the United States though, is the fact that you couldn't find a bottle — until earlier this year that is. Green Spot is one of the only remaining bonded Irish whiskeys and is produced for Mitchell & Son of Dublin, an independent wine merchant. Sourced from the famed Midleton Distilleries, Green Spot is not only one of the best Irish Whiskies around, and now that it's on store shelves stateside, you have no reason not to seek it out.