6 Winter Whisk(e)ys to Wet Your Whistle

Winter is here to stay for a while, and let’s face it; sometimes a cozy sweater just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for ways to warm up from the inside out, look no further than these beautifully smoky and smooth whiskeys (and whisky) to wet your whistle and sip on alongside some friends, all from the comfort of home.

But first, a brief lesson… what exactly is the difference between whiskey and whisky? It mostly comes down to where the liquor was made. Whisky without the “e” is considered a Scotch whisky, though it’s sometimes distilled in Canada or Japan. Irish and American whiskeys on the other hand, are usually spelled with the “e.” Now that we’ve covered that tidbit of knowledge, let’s get into some of our favorite varieties.

01 The Macallan, 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This highly esteemed single malt Scotch whisky is revered all over the world. It’s delightfully smooth, with notes of dried fruit and sherry and a balance of woodsmoke and spice. It’s best enjoyed neat and slowly sipped in a proper whisky glass with a bulbous body shape and more narrow rim. If you’ll only be enjoying a glass or two, store the rest of the Macallan in a cool, dry area with the cap tightly closed.

Bottle of Macallan 12 year Scotch Whiskey.
Bottle of Macallan 12 year Scotch Whiskey.

02 Bulleit Rye Bourbon Whiskey

Bulleit Rye is an award-winning straight rye whiskey from Kentucky that has a complex and spicy taste full of hints of vanilla, honey, and oak. Make the most of the flavors by enjoying on the rocks or in a Rye Manhattan with sweet vermouth and aromatic Bitters.

03 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Sweet, spicy, aromatic, and bold, this Kentucky Bourbon is a small batch and artisanally made classic spirit. The hints of caramel, toffee, and spice are most noticeable on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned with a few dashes of Angostura bitters and an orange peel. Always keep the bottle standing up straight, and never resting on its side so that the spirit makes no contact with the cork (Otherwise, the cork may crack overtime).

04 Bird Dog 10 Year Whiskey

Full and rich with an an aged oak aroma, this 10 year old very small batch whiskey boasts  deep undertones of vanilla on the nose while the body has hints of vanilla and also soft notes of white pepper…all with a full, woody taste. Expect a balanced and lingering sweet finish. This is a versatile whiskey that you’ll likely want to sip on the rocks but if feeling frisky, it can also be enjoyed in a simple cocktail like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

05 Crown Royal Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal is the top-selling Canadian whisky in the world and it is truly fit for kings and queens. Originally created to honor King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s first trip to Canada, the beverage is floral, grainy, and satiny smooth. Enjoy it neat or on the rocks.

06 Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

Maker’s Mark is distilled in Kentucky in small batches. Made of soft red winter wheat rather than rye, the full-flavored bourbon is especially easy to drink with a smooth and subtle finish. The taste is supremely sweet and balanced, with caramel, vanilla, and fruity essences. Sip it neat or in an Old Fashioned with large ice cubes in a rocks glass.