Welcome again to our month-to-month information to all issues whisk(e)y. This month, Wild Turkey goes tropical and we discover a $70 blended Scotch that hits all the proper notes (smoke included).
Wild Turkey Grasp’s Maintain Voyage
The most recent on this annual limited-edition sequence is definitely a collaboration between grasp distiller Eddie Russell and Dr. Pleasure Spence, the grasp blender of Appleton Property Jamaica Rum. Ergo, Voyage is a 106-proof, 10-year-old bourbon completed in Jamaican rum casks that beforehand held 14-year-old pot nonetheless rum. As the primary rum cask end in Wild Turkey’s historical past, this one has an exquisite tropical fruit observe together with cocoa, baking spices, caramel and aged oak.
Caisteal Chamuis 12-12 months-Previous Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
From Torahbaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, this double-barrel blended Scotch was aged for 12 years in refill American Oak Hogsheads, then re-aged in 230-liter barrels that held Oloroso Sherry — after which re-aged once more in epecially coopered European Oak 500-liter butts that have been seasoned with Oloroso Sherry. Despite the “closely peated” label, it has a low peat level right here (18.7ppm) and the smoke is fairly delicate on the nostril. On the palate, nevertheless, the nice and cozy campfire notes shine alongside the candy, fruity flavors and a little bit of maritime salinity. At about $70-$75, this can be a steal.
Glenmorangie Cadboll Property
Aged for 15 years, the third batch of this single-estate launch combines a bourbon-matured Glenmorangie with a small portion completed in Amontillado Sherry casks. The Highland distillery’s field-to-glass idea yields a candy, creamy and fruity sipper with notes of raspberry, apple, toffee, hazelnut and malt.
Nonetheless Austin Pink Corn Bourbon Bottled in Bond
The primary of 4 limited-release seasonal bottled-in-bond whiskeys, this Texas distillery is launching its new sequence with a bourbon that mixes Jimmy Pink corn with rye. This 100-proof launch, that includes 100% Texas-grown grains and using a six-month gradual water discount course of, is highlighted by a popcorn nuttiness, brown sugar, cherry and a few shocking citrus notes that pop up after a number of sips. The following editions? A excessive rye bourbon within the fall, blue corn bourbon within the winter and a straight rye in spring 2024.
Previous Forester 117 Collection: Bottled in Bond
As a part of its restricted expression lineup, Previous Forester’s latest is a bottled-in-bond launch with bottles crammed throughout a single distillation season (spring of 2014). Coming on the required 50% ABV, this bourbon options notes of butterscotch, candied fruit, apricot, caramel and natural tea, full with a wealthy and silky mouthfeel.
Keeper’s Coronary heart Irish + Bourbon Cask Energy
This progressive Minneapolis distillery marries sourced bourbon (MGP) with pot nonetheless and grain whiskies from Eire into one thing that accentuates the very best of each whiskey worlds. Their newest, a cask energy launch (117 proof), options the creamy mouthfeel and malt and fruit notes you’d count on from the Irish whiskey, plus underlying ranges of caramel, vanilla and charred oak.
Booker’s Batch 2023-02, “Apprentice Batch”
The second 2023 launch of this ongoing limited-edition sequence of uncut and unfiltered bourbons pays homage to the early days of sixth-generation grasp distiller Booker Noe, who discovered his craft beneath the steering of his cousin, Carl Beam. Aged a bit greater than seven years and coming in at 125.5 proof, this one gives notes of orange peel, citrus, vanilla and quite a lot of oak, each on the nostril and palate. It’s shiny and highly effective.
Laphroaig Càirdeas 2023 White Port & Madeira Casks
Aged in white Port and Madeira casks, this annual single malt launch from the Islay distillery is a part of the Pals of Laphroaig membership program. Whereas there’s nonetheless loads of charcoal smoke character on the nostril and palate, there’s additionally a juicy, fruity and creamy character right here.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery Collection Choice #11
The American White Oak barrels for this experimental whiskey first aged Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, then they matured añejo tequila in Mexico earlier than lastly returning to Lynchburg to complete this Tennessee whiskey. Coming in at 90 proof, this restricted version (principally, solely accessible on the distillery and in Tennessee) positively showcases a cooked agave taste, together with mild oak, brown sugar, caramel and a touch of citrus.
291 E Colorado Whiskey Batch 12
This Colorado distiller married barrels from two completely different wheated bourbon experiments — corn, malted white wheat and rye malt for one, and corn, malted white wheat and malted barley for the opposite. Bottled at 121.6 proof, the wedding creates a four-grain powerhouse stuffed with graham cracker, caramel, tangerine and baking spices.
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