Tomorrow happens to be National Scotch Whisky Day. But we believe in giving whiskey everywhere its place in the sun, particularly when they come in distinctive forms like the double bourbon-rye hybrid and aged tequila finished in Scotch casks that you’ll read about below.
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008: The ancient barley grain bere, one of the world’s oldest cultivated cereals, was most likely brought to Scotland by Viking invaders. With its characteristic obsession over details, Bruichladdich harvested the low-yield grain on the on the island of Orkney for this dram boasting a lighter, fruitier flavor than its kin, with forward malt, honeysuckle and light vanilla notes coalescing into a clean, sweet finish. The release joins a flurry of interesting recent expressions like Bruichladdich’s mind-blowing Rare Cask series you see above and its "The Organic" bottlings. $125
Basil Hayden’s Two By Two Rye: Now this is fun. Two Kentucky straight ryes blended with two Kentucky straight bourbons, resulting in a ridiculously honeyed dram with a spicy, dry finish showcasing the best of both in one sip. $44.99
Egan’s Irish Whiskey Vintage Grain: Established in 1852 in Ireland’s town of Tullamore, this beloved Irish whiskey recently added the Vintage Grain, a rather unique expression distilled from a single grain then aged for a minimum of eight years in bourbon barrels. Notes of vanilla and fudge are prominent on both the nose and palate. Yum. $49.99
Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Double Cask: A limited-edition reposado aged traditionally in American white oak before being finished in Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky casks for 30 days for a rich body and subtle whisky notes. $59.99