Want to buy some bottles of whiskey to help you during the coronavirus crisis? We get it. While social distancing makes it a bit difficult to head to your local liquor store, ordering whiskey online is still possible. Drizly is an online liquor store that delivers everything from spirits, wine, and beer to your doorstep. They’re still delivering and, to steal a phrase from Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds, business is a-boomin’. So, if you’re looking to buy some whiskey for the lockdown, here are some of our favorite bottles of whiskey (yeah yeah and whisky) to put in your cart. Whether you want bourbon, scotch, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky, or rye, we’ve got you covered. Just please don’t forget to tip the delivery person. Handsomely.
Wild Turkey 101 gives you tremendous bang for your buck. Not only is it an exceptionally versatile bourbon, but it also comes in a large format 1.75 liter bottle for under $45. Sweet notes of vanilla and caramel play off the oak and char for balance; a pinch of mint on the finish adding another layer of depth.
Glenmorangie Original is one of our go-to single malts. It’s a wickedly satisfying and affordable Highland whisky. Fruity, malty, and just plain delicious, it punches way above its price point.
For those of us who have ramped up production of Manhattans for cocktail hour, a big bottle of Bulleit Rye is clutch. Rye spice plays off the caramel and toffee sweetness while a pop of clove adds a bit of depth.
Even in hard times, it’s important to treat yourself a little. One of our favorite indulgences is a bottle of GlenDronach 18. Soft and rich, with notes full of wood, leather, tobacco, it’s happiness in a glass.
In our age of social distancing, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day fell a bit flat. But you can still bring a smile to Irish eyes with a bottle of The Sexton Single Malt. Triple distilled and aged in Oloroso Sherry casks for four years, this affordable whiskey is chalked full of pleasant notes of dried fruit, apricots, honey and lemon.
Nikka Coffey Grain is not only an intriguing whisky but it’s also one of the few Japanese whiskies you can actually find. It’s not made from coffee, rather its produced using a Coffey still from a mash made from both corn and malted barley. The resulting spirit tastes somewhat like a Japanese homage to bourbon with an oaky, vanilla sweetness enhanced by the flavors of melon and grass. Great on its own, the Coffey Grain also makes a superb highball.
If you need something smoky to sip on, grab a bottle of Ardbeg Corryveckan. Through a supple layer of smoke lies a complex dram with rich sherry notes, dark fruit, and pepper with a slow, lingering finish that lasts well into the next glass.
Teeling’s Single Malt expression is one of our favorite Irish whiskies. The brand takes juice aged in ex-bourbon casks and finishes it in a quintet of different types of wine barrels – sherry, port, cabernet, white Burgundy and Madeira. The resulting dram is soft, rich, and fruity. With every sip you can try to suss out the influence of each of the barrels used in the aging process.
Solid and approachable, the classic Four Roses should definitely be on your shopping list. While not as bold as some other offerings, Yellow Label’s caramel, vanilla, and spice make a solid sipper as well as a great base for cocktails. Plus, at $20 you can likely afford to stash a few bottles.
When you really need a stiff drink, Booker’s is the answer. The current uncut release clocks in at 126.4 proof. That’s right. We’ve never had a Booker’s we didn’t like but, true to form, the current bottling, ‘Granny’s Batch’ is a rich, luscious mouthful, loaded with Booker’s bold vanilla sweetness.
If we are being honest, the entirety of the Kavalan line is worth adding to your stash. But recently, we’ve been enjoying their Distillery Select expression. Rich with luscious ripe fruit, honey and toffee plus a floral note that makes for a truly dynamic highball, this Kavalan is high up on our shopping list.
Honestly, we can’t believe you can still find Knob Creek Cask Strength Single Barrel Rye with such ease. It’s a yummy mouthful with spicy, peppery notes playing off a deeply satisfying caramel sweetness. And since it’s a cask strength 119.6 proof, it’s perfect for shaking off significant amounts of stress.
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