“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
― Mark Twain
Let us take a note from Mark Twain and jump right into signature whiskey. Which brands of whiskey make the best whiskey drinks. This summer roundup is not so much about which signature whiskey to use for your creative whiskey cocktails or more basic whiskey mixed drinks. Let’s avoid the famous mule drink and talk about how to drink whiskey instead.
Brands of Whiskey For Any Aspiring Gentleman
Stillhouse American Whiskey
Have you ever tried clear american whiskey? Clear american whiskey is making a comeback across the United States with former Chief Creative Officer at Live Nation, Brad Beckerman launching the brand in early 2016. G-Eazy just recently joined his team as Partner and Co-Creative director in June of 2017 to become a part of bringing clear American whiskey in a stainless steel can. You have probably already seen them at the bar this summer.
This clear american whiskey comes in five flavors – Apple Crisp, Peach Tea, Coconut, Mint Chip and Red Hot. It’s an odd pair for Beckerman and the Oakland-bred multi-platinum rapper and producer “G-Eazy” to partner on this whiskey project but it makes sense as Gerald “G-Eazy” Gillum explained.
“Spirits companies had approached me with endorsement deals but that was just money,”. “I kept running into Stillhouse everywhere and fell in love with the brand not to mention its smooth whiskey. I wanted to partner with Brad because he has this infectious energy and passion for the brand he’s continuing to grow. We hit it off quick with an instant shared vision and love for Stillhouse.”
It is more than likely that you are familiar with top shelf Maker’s Mark. Maker’s 46 is an interesting choice at $39.99 because it’s something you can easily drink straight. The Maker’s 46 still has Maker Mark’s signature front-of-the-palate flavors but with more complexity that is meant to sip.
Jim Beam® Vanilla Bourbon
You will find Jim Bean Vanilla Bourbon this summer in plenty of bars and clubs because this Madagascar vanilla liqueur with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey makes for a rich and smooth shot or an interesting cocktail. The subtle vanilla and caramel bourbon notes make it an easy mix with the signature serve shown below.
o 1 part Jim Beam® Vanilla
o 2 parts cola
o Cherry garnish
Four Roses Bourbon
Four Roses Bourbon is actually a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey ran by master distiller, Brent Elliott. Four Roses original bourbon is a good budget option for bourbon drinks that would be better for use in a recipe or in a cocktail. The 80 proof bourbon has a smooth and mellow taste with a long and soft finish that makes it ideal for a unique cocktail recipe. If you have the right palate you might pick up on the hints of pear and apple with floral aromas and a small taste of honey and spice. While this is not quite whiskey, it’s still a go-to spirit for your signature cocktail.
Tullamore D.E.W. 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Getting back to the basics is a more traditional Irish whiskey. Th Tullamore D.E.W. 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (SRP $69.99) is moderately priced and good for sipping. I don’t suggest making whiskey mixed drinks with this one. This single malt is more of the fruity variety that is both rich and sweet with a long-lasting finish. Vanilla oak and ripe apples can also be tasted if you consider yourself close to a master of the quaich.
Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Even better is the Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (SRP $109.99) which I urge you to drink straight. This is actually Tullamore D.E.W.’s oldest age statement to date. It’s on the pricier end of whiskies but even a newbie will notice the difference between this and less expensive varieties of whiskey. The Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt has a rich and oaky taste with notes of cinnamon, apples, and toasted marshmallows.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old is matured in hand selected American ex‐bourbon casks. Over the years, the casks gently absorb the northern sea breeze, giving the whisky its smooth, complex flavours and coastal characteristics. The combination of the exposed maritime environment and traditional distillation methods create a malt described by a leading whisky writer as ‘unashamedly excellent.’ (SRP, $45)
Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish (SRP $70.00)
A little less traditional is the first-ever single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. Whether this is a gimmick or something worth drinking regularly is up for you to decide. You can try the Glennfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish on the rocks first for a new flavor. Afterwards, Glenfiddich¹s Malt Master Brian Kinsman suggests a squeeze of blood orange into the glass if you insist on a whiskey cocktail and absolutely need to know what to mix with whiskey. This is part of a Glenfiddich Experimental Series in partnership with the Speyside micro-brewer to craft Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask.
Glenfiddich Project XX (SRP $79.99)
The Glenfiddich Project XX is the second installment of the above mentioned Experimental Series designed by 20 whisky experts and Glenfiddich¹s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman. Brian Kinsman actually brought in 20 whisky experts from 16 countries to select a cask from a warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. The charactar of these casks creates a soft and fruity ex-bourbon that is surprisingly well-balanced.
What do you think?
These are a few whiskey brands and bourbon brands to make whiskey cocktails for summer like the mule drink or just to sip straight. How to drink whiskey or bourbon is up to you. But these brands of whiskey and bourbon are worth trying this summer.
“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.” ― Compton MacKenzie