Over the years, Iâ€™ve been fortunate to have gained a bit of wisdom when it comes to whiskey. Iâ€™d love to tell you that craft beer and wine are my favorites, but thatâ€™s just not true. As a whiskey-lover, you might ask me exactly what my favorite whiskey is, but Iâ€™d have to admit that I havenâ€™t tried enough. However, I am here to share a few choices that I really enjoy across all ends of the spectrum â€“ from dry to sweet. This is my attempt to catalogue three whiskeys you may want to try to appropriately celebrate Whisk(e)y Day.
If youâ€™re not a whiskey drinker but like cocktails.
If you love whiskey, please do yourself a favor and look for Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye. I prefer it served neat, and the forward scent of honey goes well with the citrus and rye flavors. The finish gives it a touch of an Old Fashioned. Try this if youâ€™re looking for a smooth, dry drink with a cocktail taste.
Â If you prefer your drink sweet.
Let me say that I am an especially big fan of this Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The taste has a caramel sweetness, and a spicy finish, with a honey flavor. You may see the trend that I enjoy is the heat and fruit in a drink, and a dash of sweetness to round out the taste. This is a classic whiskey that is smooth and will set your palate up for success.
If you enjoy a balance of smooth and spice.
Templeton Rye or, as it is also known, “The GOOD Stuffâ€ť is extremely smooth and this is no nonsense drink — it may be the best one Iâ€™ve tried yet. I always love an excuse to have my friends try whiskey, and the non-connoisseur in me just says, â€śItâ€™s good!â€ť My dear friends who are not rye whiskey drinkers say itâ€™s â€śsmooth and clean with a warm aftertaste and doesnâ€™t burn.â€ť I enjoy Templeton Rye neat, but I heard it goes well when not straight up in a mule cocktail.
There you have it! These three whiskeys are all really delicious and refreshing, and offer a nice change of pace for the beginner or skilled whiskey drinker alike — especially while celebrating Whisk(e)y Day. Cheers!