5 rare whiskies to try on World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day

Whisky aficionados have many names for the drink, such as water of life, liquid sunshine, etc. No matter the name, a bottle of whisky can lift your spirit even on the most worked-up day. Usually, whisky lovers have an affinity for a particular type or brand of whisky. However, now is the time to eschew your usual pours and try something different.

You ask why? Because we are celebrating World Whisky Day on May 15. It's an occasion for drink lovers to gather (virtually) and indulge in unique drinking experiences.

Today, we share a host of rare whiskies for you to explore and try on World Whisky Day 2021. But, be warned, some of these limited-edition whiskies are one of their kind, so getting your hands on a bottle may take some effort.

Widow Jane The Vaults

Among the rarest and oldest of bourbons, Widow Jane The Vaults is a prized possession to have. The dram is mixed using 15+ year and older bourbons, aged in air seasoned 8-year-old American oak casks.

The dark gold whisky has an enigmatic aroma of buttered popcorn, caramel, egg custard, hazelnut, nutmeg, orange citrus and oaky char. The journey of aroma and flavor continues on your palate with notes of cinnamon, dry cherry, egg custard, nutmeg and vanilla, finishing with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, oranges, raisins and walnut.

Needless to say, the exquisite taste of Widow Jane The Vaults is matched by very few in the world of whiskies.

The Glenlivet Archive 21-Year-Old

From the makers of the original Glen spirit comes this unique batch-produced expression using only hand-selected casks. The Glenlivet Archive 21-Year-Old triumphs in complexity and taste among other single malts.

A full and rich nose gives off notes of pine and sandalwood with a resinous hint. Furthermore, potpourri, barley and cereal creep in with notes of acacia honey as you linger. The luxurious taste of the dram complements the aromatic palette. You experience notes of oily walnuts and winter fruitcakes along with spice and sugar on the palate. There's a note of golden syrup as well before you feel the long and sweet finish of chewy oak.

The exquisite dram has won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and picked up gold medals in 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition and the 2002 International Spirits Challenge.

Bushmills 21-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey

This whiskey with an 'e' comes from Bushmills, one of the world's oldest whiskey distillery. The unique maturation process makes the Bushmills 21-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey a rarity. The dram is triple distilled before it's aged in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks for a whopping 19 years. The aged spirit is then transferred to Madeira casks for two more years.

Every bottle offers a soothing aroma of dark mocha, honey, rich toffee and spiced fruits. The palate favors more robust flavors like dates, grapes and raisins, finishing off with notes of mint and pipe tobacco. Bushmills 21-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey is produced in limited numbers and every bottle is numbered. Only a handful of these amber classics are available in India.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2

Launched by George Dickel, one of the oldest Tennessee distilleries, Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 celebrates 150 years of crafting quality whiskies. This 17-year-old Tennessee whisky is a super-premium expression made from corn, rye and malted barley.

The small-batch blend of Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 used less than 20 barrels with whiskies aged for at least 17 years. The dark-amber-colored spirit is velvety and warm, offering notes of Belgian Waffles, baking spice, caramel, cocoa, dried apples, dried grain, dried dark fruit and oak. The smooth finish is grassy, oaky and chalky with cocoa notes. Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 comes in a ceramic bottle with a handprinted label from a 130-year-old press – adding uniqueness, rarity and value to every bottle.

The Macallan Down to Work Limited Edition

A part of the Anecdotes of Ages Collection, the original batch of The Macallan Down to Work Limited Edition consisted of only 13 one-of-a-kind bottles. The Macallan brand collaborated with British pop artist Sir Peter Blake for creating the Anecdotes of Ages Collection.

Every bottle is filled with 1967 whiskey that celebrates the history and legacy of Blake and the brand. Each bottle came in a handcrafted oak case with photography signed by the artist. The case also has a leather book displaying the thirteen different artworks on the bottles and a certificate of authenticity. However, only 12 bottles were made available for the public, while the last one was kept for creating duplicate labels for the Anecdotes of Ages Collection at a much lower price. Consequently, 322 more bottles of The Macallan Down to Work Limited Edition with notes of oak, chocolate, dried fruit, fig, ginger, peach and pineapple were released.

While these expressions are rare to find at your local liquor shop, even having one or two off your bucket list is a matter of pride. So, start your hunt today and do not forget to sign up for the World Whisky Day celebration – perhaps you can meet and greet fellow whisky enthusiasts also looking for these hallows.