9 Whiskies To Try For #Worldwhiskyday 2018 And Beyond
Not in the mood to go out and celebrate? Here's a list of some popular (locally available) whiskies that you can buy and enjoy at home.
Balvenie 14 YO Caribbean Cask Single Malt
A personal favorite from Balvenie is this aged 14 years in first fill ex-bourbon cask finished in a Caribbean rum cask. It has an interesting pineapple-like sweetness blending with a mouthfill of molasses. This whisky is part of the William Grant and Sons portfolio.
Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt
This Laddie Classic represents the distillery’s classic, unpeated style, with hints of toffee, peach, and caramel. A great everyday malt, it’s distributed by Bruichladdich Philippines and sometimes available at S&R.
Aged 15 years using three casks (e.g. bourbon, sherry, new American oak), this single malt offers tasting notes of vanilla, fudge, honey, with sweet and subtle spice that makes it an excellent match with crispy lechon skin. (We successfully paired it with a Pepita’s Truffle lechon.) It is also part of the William Grant and Sons portfolio.
A part of Glenmorangie’s Prestige Range, this whisky is a fusion of unique and rare elements that presents the culmination of the distiller’s expertise. It combines its oldest whisky—distilled over 30 years ago when malting occurred on site—and spirit matured in a selection of the world’s most expensive casks. The result is this very rich, deep, amber-colored whisky with notes of espresso, bitter mocha, and mint chocolate, which I once enjoyed with a chocolate dessert. This whisky is distributed by Moët Hennessy Philippines.
Kavalan Soloist Single Cask Strength Single Malt
This edition of Kavalan’s Soloist single malt Taiwanese whisky was drawn from casks that previously held Moscatel sherry, which imparts a full-bodied fruity sweetness to the whisky. This makes it one of the easiest to approach Soloist. Tasting notes are of dried apricots, and peaches and nuts, with a chocolatey finish. This single malt is distributed by Grand Cru Wines and Spirits.
Macallan No. 3
This third limited edition release showcases a highly original collaboration between The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and Master Perfumer Roja Dove. The result is a marriage of the worlds of whisky and aroma to highlight the complexities of single malt character. Tasting notes are of vanilla, rich fruit cake and oranges, with a touch of oak. This whisky is distributed in the Philippines by Future Trade.
Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash
Michter’s Original Sour Mash earned distinction for its unique taste. With its unique grain selection, it cannot be categorized as a rye or a bourbon. After disappearing from the market in 1989, Michter’s Original Sour Mash Whisky made a triumphant return in 2012 with its introduction of the US*1 line. The whole Michter’s US*1 line will be available soon in Manila via Apotheke Crafts and Spirits Co. and Wine Depot.
Oban 14 YO
This whisky is produced from just two lantern-shaped stills from one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries. This olive gold whisky is full of late autumn fruits like dried figs combined with honey sweet spices. It has a long, sweet finish that makes this quite a crowd pleaser. It’s my favorite from the Diageo selection, and is sometimes available at S&R.
Suntory Hakushu NAS
This is an often overlooked Suntory single malt that, in my personal opinion, is more interesting than a Yamazaki. The color of the bottle and the label is said to represent the flavors of the whisky. It reminds of mountain flora and fauna, with hints of chocolate, peat, smoke, and a touch of mint. It’s the Suntory single malt that made me like whisky for the first time, and is available locally at Cask and Company (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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