Don’t give up on whisky just because it’s getting warm!
The warm weather is certainly with us now and long may it stay. I have however noticed a shift with my regular whisky customers looking to move away from their favorite dram seeing it only as a winter drink.
Scotland’s whiskies can do summer extremely well. Lets talk about the beautifully delicate and floral whiskies of the Scottish lowlands or something citrus, honey and delicately sweet from the highlands.
Take for example the whisky I bought myself last week- the Signatory bottling of a 16 year old Bladnoch distilled in 1993. The Bladnoch has a beautiful floral nose with an ever so delicate buttery rancio note in the background. The palate has hints of sweetness and notes of honeysuckle and a delicate spice.
Or there is our Duncan Taylor bottling of the 11 year old Highland Ben Nevis from 1998. This has glorious citrus aromas, lime and green apple. The palate is a beautiful delicately sweet and light honey.
Another fine example of something Scottish that you should be drinking on the warmer days is the Highland Clynelish 14 year. The nose is a curious yet enticing mix of vegetal and autumnal leaves. The taste profile has a beautiful hint of brine and a dry salty finish.
Oh no again!
There are also some great whiskies you can be drinking from the domestic US.
Take the low proof Riverboat Rye (80 proof). This I consider my picnic whisky (although NY law doesn’t quite see it that way!). It is so approachable- alive with orange apples & pears and that lovely warming Rye spice finish that won’t over heat you but make you feel great inside.
Or take Eagle Rare, it is as rich and sweet as a bourbon should be but hang on that lovely citrus zip adds a summer lightness that is crying out for an ice cube.
In short, there are loads of options for those of you out there who feel their whisky drinking is or can only be a winter activity. Let me know your thoughts and any recommendations you may have to pass my way.
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