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The Best Bottles of Whiskies for the Holidays
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The Best Bottles of Whiskies for the Holidays

delivered doorside to make life easy

The holiday season is here and shopping for the perfect gift can be as elusive as the fountain of youth...although we are pretty sure we may have found it at the bottom of one of these bottles. To make gifting just a little bit easier we took on the arduous task of tasting thousands of spirits and rounded up our top selections in some of the most popular categories for this holiday season.

 
Crown Royal
Northern Harvest Rye Whisky


What Makes It Great:

Introduced earlier this year, this rye whisky is made from a mash of 90% rye — making it the first rye whisky ever produced by the esteemed Canadian distillery.  In addition to it’s unique mashbill, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky was crowned (see what we did there) the 2016 World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible out of over 4,700 whiskies from around the world.  You can’t go wrong with the number 1 whisky in the world, no matter how picky the people on your list are.

Tasting Notes:

Unusually fruity for a rye, with an aroma of apple pie, cereal and mild spices. The aroma gives way to an extraordinarily smooth flavor profile, with more apple, custard and caramel, while the typical rye spiciness picks up. The finished is well-balanced, smooth and creamy.

 


 
Jameson Caskmates
Irish Whiskey Stout Edition


What Makes It Great:

As an experiment, Jameson recently sent several of its used casks to Franciscan Well, a craft Irish brewery, for use in aging the brewery’s lagers, ales, stouts and wheat beers. Once the brewery is finished with the casks (the beers are typically aged for two to six months), Jameson had them sent back to the distillery, where the stout casks are used, once again, to finish the whiskey and create Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey.

Tasting Notes:

Hearty aroma of coffee, cocoa and fresh barley, which leads to a palate filled with honey, vanilla cream and a slight hop flavor. Finish is rich and smooth, with pronounced notes of toffee, caramel and bitter chocolate.


 


 
Manhattan Moonshine
Prohibition-Style Whiskey


What Makes It Great:

Manhattan Moonshine is made from a unique blend of four locally-grown New York grains - oats, rye, spelt and two-row malt. Once the grains are milled and mashed, Manhattan Moonshine is distilled using a unique method which had to be developed from the ground up due to the oats’ special consistency and flavor. Manhattan Moonshine is distilled in small batches in a handmade Christian Carl pot still with only one activated plate, helping to preserve the natural grain flavors and subtle aromatics of the whiskey. Once Manhattan Moonshine has been distilled, it is bottled immediately at 95 proof without chill-filtering, barrel-aging or blending, so as not to alter the meticulously crafted flavor.

Tasting Notes:

Aroma of cereal grains and sour green apple, leading to honeysuckle, oatmeal and brown sugar on the palate. Finish is bright and complex, with more citrus fruit and licorice.


 


 
Kings County
Moonshine



What Makes It Great:

Kings County Distillery is New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery and the first distillery in New York City since Prohibition.  A typewriter the two distillers found on the sidewalk in Williamsburg is used to make the labels that adorn their clear, flask-like bottles, while a hairdryer (made by Revlon) is used to affix each bottle seal. Handwritten scrawls on a chalkboard keep track of different batches, and mesh laundry bags are used as strainers.  Kings County Moonshine Corn Whiskey is made from a mash of 80% organic, cracked corn that is locally sourced from the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, along with 20% Scottish malted barley. Unlike most moonshines, no sugar is added to Kings County helping to create a uniquely smooth whiskey that earned a score of 92 points from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Tasting Notes:

Aroma of sweet corn that is complemented by notes of pepper, roasted nuts and warm vanilla.

 


 
Rittenhouse Rye

Straight rye whiskey


What Makes It Great:

This is a Kentucky rye whiskey crafted using the same traditions that Pennsylvanians used to craft Monongahela Rye over two centuries ago. After the grains are mashed and fermented, the whiskey is distilled and aged in new, charred American oak casks for a minimum of four years (although the average age of the rye is closer to six years old). Following maturation, the whiskey is bottled-in-bond at 100 proof.  Rittenhouse Rye earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where it was named the North American Whiskey of the Year. In addition, it earned a score of 94 points from Wine Enthusiast and was also named the Best North American Whisky by Whisky Magazine and "Best Buy Whisky of the Year" by Whisky Advocate.

Tasting Notes:

Aroma of cocoa, toasted rye and oak spices, along with hints of vanilla and caramel. Notes of rich, intense chocolate, cloves and spices dominate the palate, and are balanced by sweeter notes of vanilla, orange zest and raisins. Finish is long and beautiful, with touches of cocoa beans, baking spices and allspice.


 


 
Masterson’s
10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey



What Makes It Great:

This 10 year old rye is made in homage to William “Bat” Masterson who was born in 1853 and left his family farm as a teenager in order to become a buffalo hunter.  After a few years hunting buffalo, Masterson became a scout for the United States Army. By the age of 24, he had moved to Kansas and was elected sheriff of Ford County. In 1879, Bat was voted out of office and spent the next several years making a living as a professional gambler and saloon owner. During this time, Masterson was said to have avenged the deaths of his two brothers with the help of his famous revolver, which was nicknamed "the gun that tamed the West." By the time he passed away in 1921, Masterson had done it all, and done it all well.  Masterson's Rye Whiskey was awarded 94 points by Whisky Advocate and was rated the #1 whiskey, it earned the Triple Gold Medal at the MicroLiquor Spirits Awards and the Chairman's Trophy as the best rye whiskey at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Tasting Notes:

Deep, golden color with floral nose that is complemented by aroma of woody spice and nutmeg. Notes of caramel, raisins, vanilla and chili flakes. Finish is long with robust notes of rye and cinnamon.

 


 
Balcones
Texas Single Malt Whisky Classic Edition


What Makes It Great:

While most single malts age in a single, large cask of a certain variety their entire lives (for Scotch, this is typically a used bourbon cask), Balcones master distiller blends and rebarrels each cuvée of Balcones Texas Single Malt through several barrels of different sizes and oak profiles in order to create uniquely round and complex flavors. While a batch of Balcones Single Malt may begin aging in toasted American oak barrels, it may also age in French oak and European oak barrels before being bottled by hand.  Made from 100% Golden Promise barley, this bottle has been named “best whisky” many times over.

Tasting Notes:

Nose of dried figs, caramelized sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Initial palette of cinnamon and sautéed pears. Slightly mellow mid-palate with notes of toasty malt and some nuttiness. Warm, drying finish with a subtle, roasted hazelnut flavor.


 


 
Corsair
Triple Smoke Malt Whiskey



What Makes It Great:

Triple Smoke is made exclusively from American malted barley. The barley is divided into three fractions and each fraction is smoked over a different fuel. While a portion of the barley is smoked over a traditional peat flame, another portion is smoked over a cherry wood flame, and the remainder is smoked over a beechwood flame. This smoking process - unique in the industry - contributes well-balanced notes of sweet fruits and peaty smoke to the whiskey, and adds an unusual depth and complexity.  Corsair Triple Smoke earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and at the MicroLiquor Spirits Awards. In addition, it earned the title of "Artisan Whiskey of the Year" in from Whisky Advocate.

Tasting Notes:

Barrel notes of cinnamon and a touch of honey, along with notes of dates, figs, jerky and roasted nuts. Touches of chocolate and peat add complexity and depth. Long finish with notes of almonds, pepper and toasted bread.


 


 

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