“World Whisky Day invites everyone to raise a dram and celebrate the water of life. Things may be a little different this year but that’s all the more reason to mark the occasion and raise a glass to all we still have to be thankful for.” – WorldWhiskyDay
Let’s raise a glass for a global celebration! Here are a few of our favorites from around the world:
IRELAND: Pearse Original Irish Whiskey 750ml – $39.98
Not many are familiar with the story of Pearse Irish Whiskey yet. They will be familiar with it soon. The name comes from it’s founder Thomas Pearse Lyons. Thomas came to Kentucky with his family back in 1976 to work at Gems Whiskey Distillery. A few years later he started his own venture, Alltech in his garage. Fast forward to today with a Brewery and Distillery in Lexington, KY and the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Ireland, Thomas’ legacy has grown beyond his family’s wildest dreams. Pearse Original Whiskey has notes of honey, light fruit and nutmeg on the nose. On the palate you’ll find light caramel and spice, with oaky vanilla undertones throughout. The whiskey tails off with butter and creamy notes, with the malt and grain lingering for a medium finish.
SCOTLAND: Laphroaig 10 Year 750ml – $44.99
“Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland’s most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.
Nose: This opens on big, smoky muscular peat notes. There are spices, and liquorice, as well as a big dose of salt. This whisky has become slightly sweeter in recent years, and it appears beautifully on the nose, amidst the classic iodine/sticking plasters and cool wood smoke we love.
Palate: Seaweed-led, with a hint of vanilla ice cream and more than a whiff of notes from the first aid box (TCP, plasters etc). The oak is big, and muscles its way into the fore as you hold this whisky over your tongue. An upsurge of spices develop – cardamom/black pepper/chilli.
Finish: Big and drying, as the savoury, tarry notes build up with an iodine complexity.
Overall: The only malt from Laphroaig’s range that John Campbell recommends with water; try it, it opens up the palate massively, providing a dazzling array of additional flavours…”
- Sourced from Master of Malts
UNITED STATES: DEP’s Dad’s Hat Rye Single Barrel 750ml – $58.99
Rye: 80% Barreled: 12/08/2014Barley: 15% Bottled: 06/01/2018Malted Rye: 5%This is the first straight rye whiskey made in PA in over 25 years. Pennsylvania is a historical region for fantastic rye whiskeys, and this classic mash bill really stands out compared to others. The nose is noticeably hot, but yet creamy in viscosity. The first sip starts on the sweeter side, then quickly moves to warmer and spicier flavors. The finish is dry and medium in length. Overall, this is a great break from the usual Indiana Ryes we are all used to drinking.
SCOTLAND: Glenlivet Enigma 750ml – $106.98
“The new The Glenlivet Enigma, according to those behind it, is a 48% ABV Scotch single malt whisky presented inside a sleek black bottle. This bottle offers virtually no information as to the character of the spirit inside. Instead, drinkers must go online to solve a challenging crossword puzzle that allows players to “to digitally unlock tasting cues” by “correctly answering three sets of challenging word puzzles. Once all three puzzles have been completed, three tasting cues are revealed.” For those who have not yet purchased the bottle, a discounted shipping code is also offered with an online retailer for purchase.”
CANADA: Rare Perfection 15 Year Old 750ml – $159.98
“Rare Perfection 15 Years Old caught me totally off guard. Like so many other “lost barrel stories” out there, I just assumed barrels with a bourbon mash bill that were aged and forgotten in Canada was just another marketing ploy. And then I had a glass, and all of my preconceptions couldn’t have disappeared fast enough. This whiskey delivers a rich sweet sip that comes with a hint of “dusty funk” on the nose that you normally see in bottles from the decades long past. Its finish delivers a lingering hint of butterscotch that sticks with you for what seems like forever, making you ponder how to obtain more bottles of this. It may be labeled a Canadian Whiskey due to where it was aged, but this is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover.”
Sourced from Breaking Bourbon.
JAPAN: Tikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 750ml – $62.99
“Taketsuru Pure Malt is a range of blended malt whiskies named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky. These whiskies highlight the complexity and preciseness of blending.
43% ABV 700ml, 750ml
One of Nikka’s signature products to showcase our way of blending and perfecting flavors. Gentle malt flavor, fruitiness and extremely well-balanced taste make it a perfect entry point into the world of Nikka.”
Sourced from Nikka.com