While the initial bottling of Brenne Whiskey was impressive, this extremely limited bottling promises even more. Brenne 10 Whiskey is a precise blending of four casks of Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey, selected personally by Brenne's founder Alison Patel. Every ounce of this fine single malt was asleep for a decade in a combination of virgin French Limousin oak barrels and barrels previously used for aging Cognac and the flavors that shine through, making it one of the most unique spirits we've ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Makers of famed Irish whiskies like Jameson and Green Spot for decades, Midleton Distillery aren't afraid to experiment as well. Midleton Dair Ghaelach Whiskey is a prime example, as it's the first from the distillery to be aged in native Irish oak before bottling. The juice is a combination of whiskey aged 15 to 22-years-old that was first aged in bourbon casks before being transferred to Irish oak hogshead. It's bottled at 116.2 proof, and each bottle can be traced to one of 10 130-year-old Irish oak trees.
Just in time for the fall season, Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey will add a unique element to classic cocktails. Hudson partnered with a maple syrup producer in Vermont who aged their syrup in Hudson barrels, before the barrels returned home to house Rye Whiskey before bottling. The syrup flavors mingle with the whiskey to create a light maple, caramel flavor that promises to be a great way to experiment behind your bar with cocktails like the Old Fashioned.
If there's one thing we know about WhistlePig, it's that they select some of the best rye whiskey barrels around. It turns out they have a knack for experimentation as well, as evidenced in their award winning Old World Rye Whiskey. The 12-year-old expression is a blend of ryes finished in French Sauternes, Madeira and Port casks, creating a smooth, flavorful experience that is truly unique. It took home the Double Gold Award for best rye at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is a must for all rye whiskey fans.
Whether Jack Daniel's is already your whiskey brand of choice, or you've strayed from the classic brand in search of new tastes, you'll want to make sure you try the new Single Barrel Barrel Proof offering. Rolling out next month nationwide, this JD expression uses the same 150-year-old recipe that put the brand on the map, but it's not watered down at all, with proofs ranging from 125 to 140. Each barrel will vary a bit, but what won't is the opportunity to sample a timeless whiskey straight from the barrel to the bottle, to your glass.
The history of Rye Whiskey from Maryland goes all the way back to the Civil War. And although Pikesville Rye Whiskey is no longer produced in the Mid-Atlantic, the whiskey remains true to the pioneers that paved the way. At 110 proof, this brand new expression from Heaven Hill Distilleries falls in the sweet spot between Bottled-In-Bond and the barrel strength rye that is becoming more and more popular. It's aged for six years and unlike its predecessor will be available nationwide.
Known for their line of top notch scotch whiskies, The Glenlivet is ready to treat travelers to this Master Distillers Reserve Small Batch Scotch. One of three new expressions, the Small Batch is a single malt, triple-cask matured whiskey, and carries a unique batch number. Each cask was tested and selected by master distiller Alan Winchester, whose name is inscribed on each bottle. It's another desirable dram from The Glenlivet, and is rolling out across global duty free stores starting in July.
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.
The next time you're out looking for a new scotch to sample, consider one from one of the oldest and smallest distilleries in Scotland. Little Bay is the newest release from Oban Distillery, founded back in 1794, and it's made by taking fully matured Oban juice and resting it in small casks to add additional complexity. The extra maturation serves it well, bringing rich flavors of spice, oak, and citrus to the forefront.
There's something special about the way a scotch whiskey interacts with a Sherry Cask. Such is the case with one of the newest releases from The Balvenie, their 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask whiskey. It's matured in European oak sherry butt for 15 years in a cask that held Oloroso sherry previously, and then released in batches of no more than 650 bottles from each single cask. Bottled at a slightly higher 47.8% ABV, this scotch is bursting with sweet flavors like liquorice and sherry with a long yet smooth finish.
There's nothing quite as Irish as Jameson Whiskey, and there's no better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with their fifth annual limited edition bottle. Award-winning illustrator Steve Simpson designed this year's label, paying homage to Ireland's capital city, Dublin. You might already have plans for a Jameson & Ginger or an after dinner dram of Ireland's favorite whiskey, so you might as well grab this special bottle for an especially festive holiday.
The real reason there just isn't as much rye whiskey on the market as bourbon is fairly simple — it's much harder to make. Just ask Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, who struggled to get this great Rye Whiskey exactly how they wanted it. Of course, their trial and error is your ultimate gain because the finished product is nothing short of exceptional. All of the rye spice you crave along with some subtle sweetness and mint to round things out. It's bottled at 122 proof — barrel strength — and limited to only 128 200ml bottles.
Whiskey, to put it simply, is nothing more than distilled beer. The beer used is typically hop free, but the folks at Charbay Distillery have perfected the art of adding hops, resulting in some fantastic whiskey. Release III in the Charbay Lifetime Collector Series is a true game-changer, a hop flavored whiskey distilled using 20,000 gallons of Pilsner that yielded just 24 barrels of whiskey. Distilled in 1999, it spent six years maturing in American White Oak barrels and then eight additional years in stainless steel casks to continue the evolution. Only 2,700 bottles were released, all at an uncut cask strength of 134.2 proof.
As consumers of American Whiskey already know, rye whiskey has been making a strong comeback in the past few years despite being more difficult to produce than bourbon. Already one of the staples of the industry, Woodford Reserve Rye officially announces the already trusted brand's entry into the growing field of Kentucky Straight Rye. It's only the third permanent product that Woodford produces, along with standard Woodford and Double Oaked. The new release takes the classic Woodford packaging and adds a nice touch of green to distinguish itself. It also stands out when it comes to flavor, packed full of rye spice to give you a top notch option to add to your home bar.
As bourbon continues to explode in the US, Irish Whiskey is seeing a similar renaissance in its home country, and beyond. The older brother of the famous Green Spot, Yellow Spot Whiskey might not have the same reputation due to scarcity, but it's easily as good, if not better than it's world renowned sibling. This single pot still whiskey was matured in three different types of casks: American Bourbon, Spanish Sherry butts, and Spanish Malaga casks. Aged for 12 years, and sourced from Midleton Distilleries, this fruity, balanced whiskey is nothing short of exceptional, and about to hit US shores for the first time ever.
The jackalope, a mythical creature that is said to be a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope with horns, is an example of a unique, yet mythical blend. Bourye from High West Distilling is a blend of equal interest, but is very real and available again after disappearing for years. Bourye is a blend of 9-year-old straight bourbon, 10-year-old straight rye whiskey, and 16-year-old straight rye whiskey. The resulting dram showcases some bold rye spice along with traditional sweet bourbon flavors like molasses and caramel. Hunt some down before it's as rare as a jackalope again.
The inspiration for Silver Cross Whiskey from Journeyman Distillery comes from Scotland, but it's not a take on a peated Scotch whiskey, but rather a tribute to the great game of golf. The Three Oaks, Michigan based distillers use equal parts Rye, Wheat, Corn, and Barley for this unique whiskey, which is named for the medal that was originally awarded to the winner in the early days of The British Open. A gold medal winner itself at last years San Francisco Spirits Competition, this tasty whiskey has plenty to offer fans of bourbon, rye, and even Scotch.
The chill of winter is near, and there's nothing like a pour of whiskey on a winter night to ward off the bitter cold. A Midwinter Nights Dram from the High West Distillery is a limited edition release of their Rendezvous Rye finished in port and French oak barrels. Named with Shakespeare in mind, this whiskey is sure to warm up a cold winter night with its vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and spice flavors.