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Most Exciting Whiskeys To Try This Year

23/09/2020

If you’re looking for the perfect whiskey to pair with a cocktail, or just to blow off some steam at the end of a busy day, here are the most exciting whiskey brands to try.

Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” and I’m sure all whiskey lovers would agree. 

There's a whiskey bottle out there for every taste, price, and preference in the vast world of whiskey. If you’re looking for the perfect whiskey to pair with a cocktail, or just to blow off some steam at the end of a busy day, we’ve got you covered with the best whiskeys you ought to try.

  1. St. Kilian Distillers Signature Edition FOUR

St. Kilian Distillers Signature Edition Four is a single malt whiskey, bottled with 48% ABV, and made with 100% pure barley malt. It is surprisingly intense, spicy, and smoky. With a phenol content of 54 ppm in the malt, the “Four” is not only the smokiest one to date but also the most aromatic and strongest bottling of St. Kilian thanks to its full maturation in sherry casks.

St. Kilian Distillers Signature Edition Four is matured for 3 years in selected sherry barrels from Andalusia, double distilled in the distillery’s real Scottish pot stills. It has its natural color and is not cool-filtered. This whiskey comes in a new, iconic pot still bottle with high-quality gift packaging.
 
St. Kilian Distillers Signature Edition Four from Germany Bags ‘Spirit Of The Year’ along with a Gold medal, ‘Whiskey of the year,’ ‘Best In Show By Country,’ ‘Best Spirit By Value,’ and ‘Best Spirit By Package’ at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

 

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  1. Fary Lochan Danish Single Malt

Fary Lochan Danish Single Malt by Fary Lochan Destilleri A/S is an oiled whiskey with many fine flavors. You will find, among other things, a fine light bourbon vanilla, malt, summer flowers, dried fruit, pears, beeswax, and a small touch of Danish soil. The powerful oils in the whiskey give an exciting very long aftertaste, which stays in the mouth for a long time. It is followed by a slight tingle on the tongue and a touch of citrus.

Fary Lochan Danish Single Malt won a Gold medal along with “Best In Show By Country,” and “Best Spirit By Quality” at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

  1. The Whisky Baron Glenrothes

The Whisky Baron Glenrothes by The Whisky Baron has sweet aromas stewed orchard fruit which comes through at first, reminiscent of a compote. Rich manuka honey and caramel follow with soft touches of spice. There is a little nose prickle, but not so much to interfere with the aromas.

On the palate, The Whisky Baron Glenrothes seems to have lots of gingerbread and sweet spices move across the mouth at first, with cinnamon at the forefront. Multi-colored peppercorns mixed with mincemeat and pastry develop a mince pie dusted with caster sugar. The fruits have dried and the whole whiskey is very well balanced.

The Whisky Baron Glenrothes grabs a Gold medal and “Best In Show By Country” at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

 

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  1. Flóki Single Malt Whisky

Flóki Single Malt Whisky by Eimverk Distillery is a Single Grain Icelandic Whisky that was released in a limited bottling of the distillery’s very first 3-year-old casks in November 2017.

Carefully distilled and made from 100% Icelandic barley and matured on ex-YoungMalt barrels which have been mellowed by the maturation of our Young Malt.

Flóki Single Malt Whisky has aromas which are fresh but not too feisty, quite buttery, and attractive actually with some toasty wood spice. On the palate, this wine tastes like vanilla, white coffee, fresh bread, pepper, and bubblegum. Flóki Single Malt Whisky has a spicy, touch of flint and popcorn finish. 

Flóki Single Malt Whisky grabbed a Gold medal at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

  1. Cotswolds Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky

Cotswolds Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky by Cotswolds Distillery is hand-crafted in small batches using 100% local barley which is traditionally floor-malted. Long fermentations and double pot distillation, followed by maturation in ex-peated quarter casks, create a wonderfully-balanced rich and fruity whiskey with subtle notes of peat smoke.

Cotswolds Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky won a Gold medal at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

 

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  1. The Whisky Baron - Bunnahabhain

The Whisky Baron - Bunnahabhain by The Whisky Baron is sweet at first with lots of vanilla and clear honey aromas. Floral tones of honeysuckle appear once the whiskey has breathed for a while, as do notes of sponge cake with apricot jam and icing sugar. Little nose prickle makes this whiskey very easy on the nose.

The palate of The Whisky Baron - Bunnahabhain mirrors the nose with lots of sponge cake and apricot jam, vanilla, fudge, and a little coconut. The floral notes are more subtle and the honey flavors more complex, moving from clear to crystalline across the palate. A touch of water creates a creamier mouthfeel. The finish is juicy and sweet with hints of soft oak all the way to the end.
 
The Whisky Baron - Bunnahabhain won a Gold medal at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

  1. Special Reserve Whiskey

Special Reserve Whiskey by Old Humble Distilling Company has a deeper, darker color and a richer, smokier flavor to match it.  The supply is always limited, so get them while you can! Special Reserve Whiskey is a rich, dark, smoky whiskey with a smooth, clean flavor. Tastes great neat or on the rocks, and pairs well with friends and tall tales.

Special Reserve Whiskey won a Gold medal at the London Spirits Competition held on July 8, 2020.

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