Some new whiskies I’ve been enjoyingJune 5th, 2012
Every so often I like to give you my informal opinion on new whiskies I like. Here are a half dozen I have enjoyed. (I switched to the past tense because, as you see by the picture, my little sample bottles are mostly empty.) All these whiskies are, or will be, available in the U.S. (Except for the Glenfarclas–I’m not sure about that one.)
I needed to taste this a couple times before deciding how much I like this whisky. (I had the same experience with Ardbeg Alligator. Very peculiar.) And I do like this whisky a lot. It’s young and full of testosterone (but not too young), and there’s a nicely sweet, almost sedating side to the whisky that helps to tame this beast. ($90)
Highland Park Thor
It’s been on the market for a spell already across the pond, but just getting into circulation here. It’s well-rounded and polished, with deliciously ripe fruit notes. A soothing whisky I would save for after dinner or with a cigar. (Can we have the option of purchasing it without the fancy packaging for $50 less please?) ($200)
Glenfarclas 1953 Vintage
A whisky that’s 6 years older than I am, and I think it has held up much better than I have. There’s some juicy wood note–I can tell it’s a very old whisky–but the wood influence is better than I feared for a whisky this age. (It’s more prominent on the palate than the nose.) And there some nice fruit and spice to stand up to the oak tannins. There’s only 400 bottles of this stuff produced, and I don’t even know what it will set you back. (As they say, if you have to ask how much, then you probably can’t afford it.). That’s okay, I love Glenfarclas 17 a lot more and it’s much more affordable. Still, I enjoyed this sample.
Glenglassaugh 37 year old (56%)
One single cask from a first-fill sherry cask exclusive to North America. Some of the old Glenglassaugh whiskies can be very delicious, and this is one of them. It’s lush and fruity, with a kiss of honey, but never cloying. A very nice whisky from a quality cask that tastes more like 21 or 25 years old than 37. (I mean this in a good way.) ($600)
Crown Royal XR Release #2 (LaSalle)
This is the second release of Crown Royal XR. This one contains whisky from the old LaSalle distillery. (The first release contained whisky from the Waterloo distillery.) I like this whisky a lot. It’s nicely matured, very smooth and balanced, and dangerously drinkable. And it’s superior to the first release, which I felt showed too much wood for balance–especially on the finish. ($130)
Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel
It’s clean, elegant, with nicely defined flavors. (I really enjoy the spice notes and how they combine well with the fruit and sweeter notes. One of my favorite limited releases from Four Roses. ($95)
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