Lets see: people made whiskey, whiskey was outlawed, people made moonshine, whiskey was legal again, moonshiners went into hiding — or NASCAR. Prohibition-era cocktails make a comeback, so does (legal) moonshine, whiskey makers start making moonshine, so moonshiners make... whiskey. That might be an oversimplification, but the fact is that Ole Smoky Charred Moonshine takes the company's celebrated moonshine and transforms it into whiskey by aging it in barrels to add color, flavor, and character. Just like, you know, regular whiskey.
If you're a bourbon drinker there is a chance you think Canadian Whiskey is a lesser spirit. If that's true, the latest offering from Crown Royal might change your mind. XO is a premium offering from Crown, and is a unique blend of more than 50 of the best from the CR family. It's finished in cognac casks from the French Limousin Forest, adding some complex sweetness. If you normally overlook Canadian whiskey, don't pass up this excellent blend.
We tend to place younger whiskies a step or two behind their more mature brethren. This is, of course, because some of the qualities that are evident in those drinks are due to the extra time mingling with the oak. Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey however, is an exception to this rule. What it lacks in age, it makes up for in complexity and flavor. It's made from 100% malted barley grown in the Pacific Northwest and is double pot distilled, which gives this unique drink many of the smooth characteristics you'd expect from an Irish whiskey. Proof that even a two year old whiskey can exceed expectations.
While the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday lends itself incredibly well to beer drinking, there are more options than a few pints of the black stuff available to sip this year. Redbreast 21 is the latest Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey on the market from the kings of Irish whiskey, Midleton Distillery. Not unlike the 12 or 15 year expressions, Redbreast 21 is incredibly easy to drink, but with some notable complexities — in large part due to the extended aging — that really cause it to stand above its younger siblings. The perfect drink to finish off your fun-filled (or laid-back) St. Patrick's Day.