Scotch is the Ultimate Fall Spirit

Scotch Days are Here Again

 

As we catch sight of autumn on the horizon, we can’t help but get excited for the cozy whisky days ahead. Scotch is the ultimate fall spirit. Enjoy it neat or in a Rob Roy (a Manhattan made with Scotch). Let these staff favorites inspire fantasies of fireplaces, heavy blankets, and shelter from the storm with smoky sips. Chosen by sales associates Erik Guzinski, Marcarthur Barallo, Josh Mitzrahi, Tammie Teclemariam, assistant spirits buyer Cristina Nichols, and spirits buyer Nima Ansari-Bahmani, these Scotch picks are sure to delight.

Dun Bheagan 8 Yr. Lowland Scotch $29.96
The Dun Bheagan independent bottlings are a great place to start, especially for those who want to wrap their heads around the various regions and styles. Scotch isn’t all smoke and peat. In fact, this is just the opposite—light, floral, salty, and savory with a hint of citrus. This is a friendly bottle that lends itself to scotch cocktails and plays nicely with beer. – EG

Caol Ila 12 Yr. Scotch $64.99
The sound of Islay (“Caol Ila”) is a good start for people getting into peated scotch. The smokiness is gentle. The iodine will remind you of the sea. Floral and herbal notes are upfront. – MB

Whiskies of Scotland 24yr Bunnahabhain Scotch – 1989 $149.96
Bunnahabhain is not the quintessential Islay scotch. Islay is known for a strong smoky character and Bunnahabhain is the least peated of the Islay Single Malts. This independent bottling gives you 24 years of age at half or a tenth of the price of similar aged Scotch from Bowmore or Lagavulin. Here the light peat notes marry well with notes of sea air, briny seaweed, and ripe malt sweetness for a well-balanced and delightful effect. – JM

Springbank 10 Yr. Scotch $61.99
If I had to choose one scotch to drink for the rest of my life, it would probably be Springbank 10. This isn’t a whisky that overwhelms with powerful flavor, but it brings delight through the balance of sweet, salty, and malty, with just a moderate dose of smoke. – TT

Jura 10yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky $54.99
This Island scotch reflects its rugged home. Salt and brine on the nose evolves into custard, flan, semi-sweet fudge, and leather on the palate. The sweeter notes show the influence of the Oloroso sherry cask finish that follows maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels. I’m always a value seeker, and this 10 year single malt delivers. – CN

The Six Isles Scotch $39.96
Whisky seems to get relegated to the back of our home bars during the warmer months while we reach for more obvious seasonal selections. But there’s plenty of great whisky to drink in warmer weather, and the Scottish Isles provide particularly great examples. This rare vatting of single malts from top distilleries across the Isles is the best this category has to offer for an unbeatable value. – NAB

Whiskies of Scotland Clynelish 18 Scotch – 1995 $134.96
Independent bottlers have always played a crucial role in the scotch industry and savvy connoisseurs have learned to look to them for rare one-of-a-kind releases at incredible below-market prices. As demand for this whisky from a legendary distillery continues to skyrocket, don’t miss the chance to stock up on this older bottle for a price not likely to be seen again in our lifetimes. – NAB

The BenRiach 18yr Single Cask Scotch Whisky – 1995 $199.96
Bang for the buck takes on new meaning with this whisky. BenRiach is a distillery on the rise with a slate of new expressions finally making their way to the U.S. after a prolonged absence. We had this single cask from the 1995 vintage bottled exclusively for us to showcase the best of what this distillery has to offer. – NAB