3 Reasons to Try Whisky This Winter

Three reasons you need to try whisky this winter

“Winter whiskies you say?” Yes, we do indeed.

Whisky Glass – The Glenlivet

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.

Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye Whiskey

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.

Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

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.

2. Because we all look forward to winter whisky cocktails

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.

Whisky cocktails to try this winter

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.

The Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy

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!

The Irish Coffee Cocktail

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!

3. Because you must enjoy whisky no matter the time of year

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.

Different varieties of whisky

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!

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Strathisla – The Home of the Chivas Regal

Said to be the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands, the Strathilsa Distillery was founded in 1786 by George Taylor and Alexander Milne under the name Milltown distillery and is the home of Scotch Whisky. The name was first changed to Strathisla in 1870, then to Milton in 1890 and finally to Strathisla Distillery again in 1951. In 1965, the number of stills at Strathisla was doubled from two to four. These new stills were steam heated from the beginning, but the two old stills weren't until 1992. The spirit isn't filled into casks at the Strathisla distillery directly. Instead, it is first transported to the nearby Glen Keith distillery via pipes to be casked there. Most of the casks are stored elsewhere, but a handful of them are transported back to the Strathisla distillery to mature on site. For this purpose, the distillery still includes two warehouses; one traditional 'dunnage' warehouse and a modern 'racked' variety. The rest of the casks are stored in one of the three bonded warehouses of Chivas Brothers and one of them is located in Keith.Often described as the most picturesque distillery in Scotland, Strathisla proves that beauty really isn't skin deep. Beneath the iconic twin pagodas, the copper stills have a distinctive shape that determines the unique character of every drop of Strathisla Scotch whisky – its signature richness that is fruity and full-bodied.The distillery itself was completed in 1786 (under the name of Milton or Milltown), making it one of the oldest distilleries from the 18th century which still in exists. This beautifully aged distillery has witnessed its fair share of history when Strathisla was blazed in flames in 1876. An explosion in the malt mill during 1879 also was a huge blow to the establishment.The Strathisla Distillery was quickly rebuilt, and this time with its own bottling plant. In 1880, William Longmore retired and his son-in-law John Geddes-Brown took control of the distillery. This resulted in the formation of William Longmore & Co. Ten years later in 1890, the name of the distillery was changed to Milton (referring to the nearby Milton Castle).Strathisla Distillery embraces the Scottish culture in all its produces and makes one feel closer to the true spirit of their rich and smooth Scotch whisky blends.

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