The tip of summer time is, coincidentally, a good time within the whiskey world. It intersects with Bourbon Heritage month formally, and fewer formally with the start of fall releases within the land of Scotch. Contemplate this your syllabus of what to be looking out for throughout this primary quarter, as a result of managing your workload will hold you forward of the curve.
Glenfiddich Fireplace and Cane
Fireplace and Cane is the dualistic title Glenfiddich gave to its newest expression: a peated single malt aged primarily in ex-Bourbon casks and completed in Caribbean rum casks. Whisky completed in rum casks can go one in all two methods: wealthy and syrupy, or vibrant and tropical. Fireplace and Cane is the latter, with notes of kiwi, toffee, and sure a touch of smoke that appears to be lingering on the sideline. For $50 it makes an entertaining cocktail whisky, however the smoky sweetness makes it preferrred for dessert time round a back-to-school bonfire.
WhistlePig Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve
Boss Hog isn’t an inexpensive whiskey, and for an award-winning line of rye expressions named for farm pigs, you’d be stunned how well-regarded they’re amongst individuals who don’t spend their days rolling round and consuming in mud. This 12 months’s expression isn’t any totally different: The Spirit of Mauve is a bizarre Calvados-cask-finished 13-year-old rye named for one of many OG celeb pigs on the farm. She liked apples till her dying final 12 months; the whiskey, fittingly, is bought in a coffin-like wood present field. The worth is steep for what’s on paper, however at $500 this truthfully would possibly nonetheless be a purchase in our books.
Highland Park 50
Macallan isn’t the one overachiever within the household. Edgrington-owned Highland Park, identified for its heathery, sherry-laden single malts, introduced a 50-year-old single malt of its personal simply a few weeks in the past. Whisky maker Max McFarlane and his Orkney, Scotland group discovered two sherry-seasoned Spanish hogshead casks initially laid down in 1964. The whisky inside these barrels stuffed solely 274 bottles. The dangerous information? Solely 77 of these are going to make it to the U.S. for gross sales. The excellent news: It was in all probability unaffordable anyway, at $15,000 for the standard 750 ml. bottle.
GlenDronach 15 12 months Previous
Whereas not a “new” whisky within the creative sense, the return of GlenDronach 15 to the market is a big milestone within the battle in opposition to low provides of Scotch whisky. This beloved bottle was initially discontinued a couple of years in the past, in a soul-crushing announcement that left a few of us working to wash out the cabinets like we had been stocking up on milk earlier than a blizzard. Others merely misplaced their minds, or switched reluctantly to a different bottle. It’s coming again subsequent month, at a well-known value of $90 and nonetheless laden with taste from numerous kinds of Spanish sherry casks. Appears to be like prefer it’s going to be a very good winter, in any case.