A SELECTION OF THE BEST WHISKEYS TO START THE YEAR OFF WELL

January 12.2022

# Japan

The Chita, single grain

The Suntory house’s first single grain, which was developed over 40 years in the distillery located on the Chita Peninsula (in the center of the island of Honshu), never played the lead role, but was used in the composition of blends. This magnificent discovery will delight fans of Japanese whiskey. This subtle, airy, complex, and refined whiskey has a floral aroma, is delicately spiced and honeyed, and has a silky mouthfeel.

 

 

 

 

 

The Yamazaki Mizunara, 2018 edition, 18 years old, single malt

Suntory presents a limited edition aged Yamazaki Mizunara, single malts aged at least 18 years in Japanese oak barrels. A deep, almost heady whiskey with wood and incense flavors, as well as a delicate fruity taste (marmalade of orange and coconut) and sweet spices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

# Ireland

West Cork Glengarriff Bogie series Charred Cask, single malt

Atypical and innovative, this Irish single malt has aged in barrels made from fossilized wood found in peat bogs. This whiskey has a strong character,  sweet fruit flavors, and woody aromas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# United States

Woodford Reserve, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

This whiskey is a rye, which means it is primarily made of rye (53 percent), giving it a dryer and spicy profile similar to bourbon. The aroma reveals spicy and woody aromas, as well as fruity notes, cloves and honey flavor, and a mint touch, which give this whiskey freshness and a perfect balance.

 

 

 

 

 

Kilchoman Red Wine Matured Cask, single malt (Islay)

A successful union between North and South. On one side, Scotland, where Kilchoman makes peaty whiskeys, and on the other side, Portugal, which provides casks containing Douro red wines. This whiskey aged in these casks for more than 5 years has bitter chocolate and ive aromas, as well as rich and intense notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Grant 18 years old, single malt (Speyside)

Glen Grant unmistakably sought to attract with this exceptional single malt, made from an 18-year-old whiskey produced in small quantities. Its lovely gown, gleaming gold, reveals an elegant scent, floral and woody. The flavor is full and intense on the palate, with a beautiful aromatic complexity combining caramel, vanilla, and dry raisin aromas with sweet spicy flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aberlour 19 years old, single malt (Speyside)

Aromas of dark chocolate and sweet spices mix with apple flavors baked in honey with a hint of licorice makes of this whiskey an absolute delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Highlands

Angels’ Nectar, Rich Peat Edition, blended malt (Highlands)

This blended malt is made up of a selection of single malts aged in bourbon barrels from two different Highland distilleries. This whiskey expresses a powerful but elegant peat, evoking first a fire coming out of a fireplace and then evolving with fruity notes, dark chocolate, and a touch of acidity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wol urn Small Batch 128, limited edition, single malt (Highlands)

Small Batch 128 is the first in Wol Urn’s new Small Batch collection and is made from Eaux-de-vie aged in 100-liter bourbon casks. The peated flavor has been softened and appears only at the end of the tasting. Gourmet notes such as vanilla and salted butter caramel come first, followed by chocolate and candied orange flavors and a spicy and delicately smoky finish.

 

 

 

 

#France

Bellevoye White triple malt, Sauternes finish

The ‘Bellevoye Blanc’ was delivered a few years ago, by ‘Les Bienheureux’. A blend of three single malts from three French distilleries, aged in French oak barrels for three to eight years. After being blended, the whiskey is aged for six months in barrels that previously held some Sauternes. The end result has aromas of dried fruits, spices, and orange peel, as well as a silky mouthfeel reminiscent of Sauterne wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bastille 1789, single malt

Made in Charente by Daucourt, this single malt is made of 100% malted barley, refined in three types of casks – ‘Sauternes’, ‘Burgundy wine’ and ‘Xérès’. A floral and fruity smell, an oily texture with spicy flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fin de Partie,  single malt

To create this ‘Fin de Partie,’ Benjamin Kuentz collaborated with Lorraine distillery Grallet-Dupic, known for its ‘Mirabelle’ and ‘Rozelieures whiskey.’ Aged in various types of barrels for 4 to 9 years this whiskey  has spicy dried fruits savors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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