Whisky has long established itself as the as the foremost choice among aficionados. So much so is the impact of whisky that the pale golden elixir has been elevated to cult status in some parts of the world. It is considered an intrinsic at social gatherings and functions can’t be planned without it.
The love the world has for the drink has also ushered perhaps the darkest time in American history, The Prohibition Era.While those days are well behind, below is the list of ten whiskies to try before you kick the bucket. The whiskies below have been rated according to the nose, palate and the finish of the whisky. For the uninitiated, the nose is the aroma a whisky gives off.
The palate is the taste of the whisky when rolled around in the mouth. And the finish is the lingering receding aftertaste of the drink. The whiskies below are recommended to be had with a drop of water. The drop of water will release the flavors and relieve the complexities in a whisky for a more satisfying experience.
1. Green Spot Irish whiskey
Green Spot Irish whiskey: The Irish pot still whiskey from the golden age of Dublin distilling. Today it is made near Cork in Ireland. A bottle costs from anywhere around 30 to 35 Pounds sterling. Since its introduction in 1920, the company has seen changes. It has gone through various aesthetic changes including an overall makeover.
But what hasn’t changed is the taste of the drink. It is still the same waxy, oily, mouth-coating with hints of greengage jam. The taste is further complimented by a hint of honey, mint, wood, cloves and various other spices.
2. Glenfiddich 15 Years old Distillery Edition
Glenfiddich 15 Years old Distillery Edition: Glenfiddich is common among connoisseurs and drinks lovers alike. But the version most commonly stumbled upon is the popular 12 years aged one. The one mentioned here is the high strength and rarer 15 Years aged version. The bottle will cost somewhere around 35 to 45 Pounds sterling.
The distillery employs the unique Solera system. Whisky is matured using three types of oak cask namely the sherry, bourbon and new oak. The whisky is then married to a handcrafted Oregon pine Solera vat. Whisky is never emptied from the vat and gets more complex and intriguing every year.
3. Suntory Yamazaki 18 Years old
Suntory Yamazaki 18 Years old: While we all know the love we have for the Scottish drams but this Japanese entrant deserves a mention. A winner at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It is a little heavier on your pocket with a price tag of 180 to 185 Pounds sterling.
But this whisky deserves all the attention it has garnered. The nose is of Japanese plum, apricots, and bananas. Palate balances itself between oak and a rush of fruits. But the whisky is truly sought out for its lovely long finish of plum and apricot.
4. Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt 45%
Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt 45%: This whisky features on our list due to the NAS (Non-Age Statement) it makes. The whisky is the perfect example to challenge the myth of age directly equaling to value. This whisky will cost you anywhere between 65 to 70 Pounds sterling.
The nose of the whisky is a rich aroma of malted barley, banana, licorice and camphor. Palate of the drink adds a hint of fresh tobacco leaves and coconut to the taste. The finish will be lively and a firm one, adding the scent of wilted roses and exotic fruits to the taste.
5. Platte Valley Corn Whiskey
Platte Valley Corn Whiskey: This list would be incomplete without an American entrant. This whiskey takes us back to the heart of the land of the free. It is distilled in Illinois by McCormick Distilling Company. The company is the longest continuous operating distillery in the United States. And it is also reminiscent of the cowboy culture that is intrinsically associated with the drink.
A bottle of this moonshine will cost you anywhere between 27 to 32 Pounds sterling. It is noted for the earthenware jug the whisky is stored in. Though the stuff inside a far sophisticated and complex with lots of dried fruits and pepper tones accentuating the palate.
While the choice of a drink is attuned to his personal tastes and no entrant is the best whisky in the world that said all the examples here are fine examples in their own right.