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Five Different Whiskies to Put on Your Radar

The Oldest Straight Rye, Porn Star Whiskey and Indian Single-Malt

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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When it comes to whiskey, we know two things for certain:

  • 1)We enjoy drinking it.
  • 2)There’s a lot of it out there.

And to emphasize that last point, we’ve rounded up a few of the more attention-grabbing whiskies that are turning our heads lately. So without further ado...

Lock Stock & Barrel 18-Year Straight Rye Whiskey: Currently offered in limited quantities across the U.S., this is one of the oldest straight ryes available today. The Philly-based Cooper Spirits Co.’s 16-year release won the double gold medal, as well as “Best Rye,” at the San Francisco Word Spirits Competition back in 2016, so expectations are justly high for what lies in wait inside this 18-year. At $229, whoever you gift it to for the holidays is assured to join your side in all vendettas current and future.

Sonoma County Distilling: Here is an outfit in Northern California wine country dedicated to small batch whiskey, including three double alembic pot-distilled, American oak-aged West of Kentucky bourbons available for a limited time every year. The exceptional spirits include a bourbon based on cherrywood-smoked barley, a wheated bourbon and a California rye-forward whiskey with unmalted Midwest corn aged in American Oak. You can find retailers across the country selling them right here.

Doom’s Premium Rye: This is a 100-proof rye distilled and bottled in Oklahoma, and being initiated to the world by adult film star Joanna Angel, who at 4’11” still looks like she could drink us under the table. Non-chill filtered, aged in American oak and produced in small batches, Angel says the whiskey has been her “secret passion project for years.” A bottle will set you back $46.99 and no, you won’t be able to stream this one for free.

Paul John Single Malt: We were served Indian single-malt at a late night party in Jaipur many moons ago, but were to green to judge a good dram at the time. Paul John Single Malt isn’t new to the world of whiskey, Indian or otherwise, but a whiskey bar veteran recently made a bold statement likening India to “the next Japan” when it comes to coveted whisky, and put Goa-crafted Paul John at the top of the tip of that spear. Just one expert’s opinion. Either way, the brand produces beautiful whisky to be savored by fans of distinctive single-malts.

Westward American Single Malt: Another lovely, nuanced single-malt, Westward is not new to its home city of Portland or to bar-people in the know. But having upgraded to its own distillery in 2015, is starting to spread out through more U.S. cities, including a recent launch in Southern California. The distillery, long aligned with Portland’s local brewers, embodies the American craft beer and spirits movement as much as any, using Pacific Northwest two-row barley, American ale yeast and new American oak to make their flavorful double-pot distilled whiskey from scratch.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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