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.
Don't let the name confuse you, Scotch still needs to be distilled in Scotland, but that doesn't mean that Brooklyn didn't play a role in this whiskey. Jura Brooklyn was created when Jura sent their Master Distiller to the US to craft a single malt scotch, chosen by and for the people of Brooklyn. A host of local representatives chose a 16 year-old whiskey aged in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry, and Pinot Noir casks and bottled 84 proof. A whiskey worthy of both the Jura and Brooklyn names.