Three reasons you need to try whisky this winter
“Winter whiskies you say?” Yes, we do indeed.
The winter season is the right time to enjoy rich, smoky and spicy whiskies that leave behind a pleasant warming aftertaste, and there is no lack of them in the world. Whether it’s the incredibly unique and spicy Rye whiskeys from the United States of America, or some meticulously crafted Scotch whiskies, this is the right time to enjoy them the most! Choosing the right company might be a more difficult task than choosing your drink, and the latter is definitely something we can help you with.
When it comes to nice and spicy Rye whiskeys, the Americans have made some giant leaps into the category. Rye whiskeys such as the Rabbit Hole Boxergrail, Bulleit Rye, WhistlePig Rye 10 Year Old and many others are some truly fantastic expressions to try out this winter.
If you swear by your Scotch, allow us to introduce you to some great Scotch whisky expressions in the market that make for wonderful winter whiskies. The Glenlivet 18 Year Old, Aberlour 16 Year Old and Talisker Storm are excellent choices, whereas for blended Scotch enthusiasts, the Chivas Regal Extra and Johnnie Walker Black Label are both robust choices.
For Bourbon, Irish and lovers of any other kind of whiskey, be certain when it comes to trying out the Elijah Craig Small Batch, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, and Jim Beam Double Oak; Redbreast 12 Year Old and Jameson Whiskey are Ireland’s finest gentle spice-masters that you can enjoy neat, and if you’re looking for an Indian whisky to enjoy this winter, try out the Amrut Peated single malt.
You can even push the envelope by finally getting your hands on a bottle of Cask-Strength whisky if you feel particularly adventurous. The Glenlivet Nadurra, Aberlour A’bunadh, Laphraoig, GlenDronach Cask Strength, Four Roses Single Barrel and even the Amrut Peated Cask Strength release are all phenomenal choices.
Believe it or not, you can make some terrific warm cocktails with whisky to make those unforgiving winter nights even more fun. There is no shortage of winter whisky cocktails that are not only delicious, but can also be a remedy for colds and be the precursor to a good night’s sleep.
The Hot Toddy and the Irish Coffee are two of the most popular winter whisky cocktails that first come to mind. Easy-to-make, cost-effective and the best part, they have whisky in them!
Nothing beats the feeling of cupping a hot beverage in your hands, nestled within layers of blankets and reading a good book, or even having a conversation with your friends and family. Here’s how you can prepare the Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee, and some more winter whisky cocktail ideas that you will fall in love with immediately.
To make the Classic Hot Toddy, you will need the following ingredients;
Jameson Irish whiskey – 60 ML
Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp.
Honey – 1 Tbsp.
Cinnamon – 1 Stick
Lemon – 1 Wheel
Add the honey, lemon juice and Jameson to a teacup. Now add a little boiling water and mix the ingredients well, then add the cinnamon stick after the honey has dissolved. Fill the teacup to the brim and gently stir for a few second. Garnish the drink with a lemon wheel and your very own Hot Toddy is ready to be enjoyed!
Let us move on to making a super-quick and delicious Irish Coffee, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh grated nutmeg to make every night Christmassy!
In order to make the Irish Coffee, you will need the following ingredients;
Jameson Irish whiskey – 30 ML
Espresso – 2 Shots/90ML
Double Cream – 2 Tbsp.
Sugar Syrup – 1 Tbsp.
Vanilla Essence – Per taste
Add the sugar syrup, vanilla essence and Jameson whiskey into a coffee cup, and stir gently until the two are mixed well. Then add an espresso shot to the cup and stir gently. Whip up the double cream until it starts to thicken, and set it aside. Add the second espresso shot to the cup and stir it gently once again. Add a generous layer of whipped double cream to the top using the back of a spoon and sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg for garnish. Your Irish Coffee is ready to be devoured, and you might end up making a lot more of those!
It is true that the winter time makes for the ideal opportunity to sip on whisky, reminisce over the melancholies of life, and stay indoors, tucked away and hibernating but there’s more to it than you might think.
Sure, there are some auxiliary benefits to drinking whisky during the winter, such as a remedy from common cold and what not, but why must you choose whisky this winter, and for every winter in the near future?
The answer is why not! No other spirit in history has offered a vast breadth of experiences, flavours, aromas, technique and ingenuity as whisky.
From Louisville, Kentucky, the unofficial Bourbon capital of the world, to the lush fields of Speyside in Scotland, to the more humid and harsh Indian subcontinent, whisky developed in every region of the world is completely different and has so much to offer.
The heavily corn-based Bourbon whiskeys are so different than the malted barley based Scotch whiskies, whereas the Irish are known to produce a triple-distilled smoothness that no one else can.
The immense versatility of whisky, the innumerable choices and experiences and the ability to create harmony with just about any ingredient is a quality only whisky can produce. If you’ve ever felt the intrigue to give whisky a shot, the winter time is the perfect time to do it and enjoy every second, every drop and every moment of it!