There is nothing more enjoyable than a glass of sophisticated, barrel-proof bourbon to offset the palette after a savoury meat at a Michelin-starred restaurant. For a selection of the finest whiskeys to drink this summer, turn your eye to the list below:
1. Bruichladdich Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The world’s most heavily peated whisk is the first release in the tenure of new head distiller Adam Hannett. Priced at $250 per bottle, it’s aged in virgin French oak and laid down as an experiment, which has proved incredibly successful. The final product is a layered whisky with citrus and honey notes complementing cinnamon and clove from the wood and, of course, an ashy barbecue undertaste of the peat.
2. Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish
Aged for 4 years in char barrels and eight weeks in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, the Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish the takes concepts of “artisanal” and “craft” to another level. With rye, barley and corn grown locally on the property of the distillery, the barley is malted in-house, producing an experimental whiskey bursting with ripe dark fruit with a drier sherry notes and strong undertones of cinnamon and allspice. It sells for $100 a bottle.
3. Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend
The first of a series of limited-edition whiskeys, the Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend is a lighter bourbon-style whisky aged in new charred American oak. The $60-dollar beverage boasts a wining combo of equal parts sweet/fruity (notably cherry) and spicy/grainy, smooth tones without going bland. It’s an excellent example of Canadian whisky and tradition.
4. Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The $130 Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in oloroso-sherry casks; and bottled at a mild 80 proof. With a raisin, dark-cherry, and dried-apricot notes as well as cinnamon, toffee, and baking spices, the whiskey makes its presence known with a long, dry finish.