New Whiskey For Fall

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It’s Autumn and the schvitz is over. Whiskey is supposed to be enjoyed all year around however, there is just something really comforting when you are sipping a dram in the cooler temperatures of Autumn.

So, this season, after the latest batch, you can try some new recipes. Some new brands are making a great debut and they are well wroth seeking out. It is not lost on anyone that these are not cheap, if you don’t have the desire to splurge, consider what a lovely gift it might be for the spirit drinker in your life and hopefully, they will share with you.

 

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014

Ah, this has been releasing a wonderful whiskey hug to a loyal following for many years. This year, the release was for aged in ex Bourbon barrels and it was allowed to snooze for a year in Amontillado sherry casks and adds up to a total of 8 years of aging. While it may be younger than many of the other whiskey’s out there, it’s still very refreshing and smooth. Much smoother than many would think it could be. It has everything you could want in a whiskey, and a whole lot more. From that smokey flavor to the brine to the creaminess of it with just a touch of caramel cashew flavor to top it all off. It’s not heavy and it is delicious.

Coppersea Raw Rye:

Coppersea Raw Rye

Okay, given the previous rant on moonshine, I am sure that you are shocked to see me putting this one in the list, however, I respect this Hudson Valley product that is made using local grain. It’s made like whiskey is meant to be and it is to be sipped in its bare naked glory. This is rye whiskey like it is meant to be and as it was in the olden days when American distilling began. This is what you would get when you walked into a tavern and ordered it. Aged whiskey is one ting, this is quite another and its smooth flavorful un aged rye isn’t the base of any of those. It’s doing it own thing just as it did during prohibition and their marketing gimmicks.

Highland Park Dark Origin

Highland Park Dark Origin

This is the newest member in the expressions family via the Orkney Island distillery. It is created for a tribute to founder Magnus Eunson who is known for doing work under darkness. He is also called a “dark Distiller”. This non aged Scotch was rested as more first fill sherry than 12 year stuff. With a non chill filtered the color is natural and there is no denying that there is sherry in that glass. It’s enough for the Highland Park Vanilla and the sweet smoke to oooze through and tastes ideal as an after dinner sip.

Garrison Brothers Texas Bourban, Straight

Garrison Brothers Bourbon Straight

This Bourbon, which hails from Hye Texas Garrison, is created with an organic Texas panhandle corn. It’s homegrown red winter wheat and its barley hail from the northwest. Just as everything else in Texas is, the 94 proof and the flavor, are Big! It tastes remarkably like pecan pie yet has enough malt to keep the sweetness down. Aged for two years in order to smooth the rough edges, it is creamy and very smooth.

Parkers Heritage Kentucky Wheat Whiskey Straight

Parkers Heritage Kentucky Wheat Whiskey Straight

This whiskey is aged for a full 13 years before it ever hits the shelves. Every year Heaven Hill releases a limited edition whiskey that is readily named for our 6th generation Master Distiller. Mr. Ermeritus Parker Beam is always a favorite at whiskey fest. This if the first time it is not a Bourbon. It was released as a 13 year cask strength version which is a whopping 127.4 proof. Bernheim Wheat Whiskey has been aged from the batch that was created in 2000 and as a non chill filtered whiskey. It is fresh and fun to taste as you can taste the age. With such a high proof you’ll want to have some water or some ice in order to tone down a bit of the edge and allow the flavor to fully emerge. The delicious flavors will stack up against flaky souther biscuits with a bit of butter, a bit of honey and a touch of thyme and a toast of cereal.

Compass Box Whiskey

Compass Box Loss Blend

This is the lost blend. Released in an homage of Eleuthera, it’s also called the dodo bird blend which was discontinued in 2004 due to the single malt that was used becoming unavailable. As a tribute to O. Henry, it is a fascinating story of creating spirits that were to bring on supernatural effects when they were drank. The intent was to create a blend in Eleuthera style and combine the Highlands and the Islay single malts. Available in 3 label designs reflecting lost common items. Its lighter color is very deceptive as the smoky flavor will taste much bigger. The honey will fan the flame enough to balance out the flavors. Jump on it soon. There are only 12,018 bottles to sell out.

Glenglassaugh Evolution

Glenglassaugh Evolution

Speyside Scotch distillery has come under new ownership as of 2013. Billy Walker and Benriach Whiskey company. This is the first release under the new ownership. Non chill filtered it is aged in former George Dickel Tennessee barrels. Fruity and creamy all at once it tastes like a fruit pie that has been grilled over your campfire. Top that with vanilla cream and you know what you’re drinking. Charcoal from the barrels wraps it in beauty and it feels like a warm comfy blanket.


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