Small Batch Whisky Releases Every Whisky Lover Should Own
Small-batch whiskies have gained a tremendous of popularity and reputation in recent times for their pièce de résistance. They are beginning to be highly appreciated among the men and women that pride themselves on their understanding and know-how of fine whisky. Here in India, the modern whisky drinker prides themselves on their intricate comprehension and expensive taste in luxury spirits, especially when it comes to whisky.
Whether it’s Scotch or Bourbon, single malt or blended, cask-strength or small-batch; No other spirit based drink shares such varied distinctions and indicators of quality like whisky itself. Recently, small-batch releases have stood out, not only for their exclusivity and rareness, but also for their increasingly boutique, experimental qualities.
Small-batch whiskies allow distilleries and Master Blenders to exercise a higher creative control over their spirit in a controlled environment. They are also representatives of whisky that is simply too good to be sold widely, and mustn’t be diluted for more profit.
These type of whiskies are also produced with a highly meticulous process, where distillers and blenders control nearly every aspect of it; from the type of barrels used to mature it, the maturation period and even the location of where it is allowed to undergo maturation. These factors are often difficult to control beyond a certain capacity, and in order to produce only the best small-batch whisky, it must remain so.
The Whiskypedia presents a list of the best small-batch whisky releases produced by some of the world’s most highly regarded distilleries. These are bottles that deserve to be cherished, coveted and collected by only the most dearly whisky-loving people in the world.
There are few lists of incredible whiskies that the Aberlour A’bunadh wouldn’t be a part of, and it’s only because it is just so good. Our topmost recommendation of a small-batch whisky is the A’bunadh, a no-age-statement cask-strength single malt from the house of Aberlour.
Produced at the quaint, yet famed Speyside distillery, the A’bunadh was first released in 1997. It has since been released in limited quantities each year, with each release being praised critically. Each batch of the Aberlour A’bunadh is released in limited quantities bearing a unique number, and that makes them highly coveted collector’s items. Very highly rated, and a strongly recommended small-batch whisky from us at The Whiskypedia.
The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso
This is a classic Speyside distillery that has churned out some truly sublime single malts over the years. The Glenlivet’s Nadurra series was very well-received upon its initial release. Naturally, the distillery has worked hard to maintain their consistency by producing excellence, in small-batches of course.
The Sherry influence works perhaps the best with the Speyside character of The Glenlivet’s single malts, courtesy of the unique lantern shaped stills at the distillery. There are a lot of intense aromas and flavours brought forth by this cask-strength single malt, not to mention the non-chill filtration gives it a raw, organic texture and a full body. Dried fruits, roasted almonds, toasted Oak, and warm Christmas spice are just some of the notes enclosed within a bottle of The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
Think about the Redbreast 12 Year Old, an Irish whiskey that is so often viewed as nearly perfect, and people only add the ‘nearly’ because the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength exists. A lot of people scoff at the usage of such hyperbole to describe whiskey of all things, but ask any of the few fortunate people that have ever tasted it. The answer won’t be too different than what we just told you.
At over 56% ABV, this is a single pot still Redbreast expression ups the ante, and breaches the threshold of excellence it had set with the standard 12 Year Old. Sherried, unaltered and alarmingly good are some of the few words we have carefully chosen. Cask-strength whiskey isn’t for everyone, but the ones that learn to appreciate them would be willing to fight for the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength. This is a small-batch whiskey that is also a potential collector’s item as only two batches of it have been released yet. Go for it is all we can say for this one.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
This is one of America’s premier small-batch Bourbon making distillery alongside others of course. While the likes of Jim Beam, or Jack Daniel’s may be known for the sheer magnitude of their enormity, Four Roses does quite the opposite with their product.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is beloved for having achieved a pleasant balance between sweet and spicy, and with a Proof just high enough to make everything right just like clockwork. This expression is also different than most small-batch whiskeys you will find as the availability isn’t what determines its exclusivity. Each batch of this small-batch Bourbon whiskey is prepared using spirit only from four casks, which is great to be honest. The flavours don’t stray from the typical Four Roses experience, but every batch has a refreshing singularity to it.
Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey
A lot of Irish whiskey veterans too were sceptical regarding Teeling’s entry into a world where the longevity and history of a distillery precedes their reputation. Yet Teeling managed to carve a space for themselves by producing some quality whiskey, at the centre of which is the Teeling Small Batch. There aren’t many Irish whiskeys that are non-chill filtered but if there are some, this expression is one of them.
The Teeling Small Batch is a blend of malt and grain whiskeys, matured in two different types of barrels. The first being a standard selection of first-fill American Bourbon barrels, and to add a fresh new spin to their product, Teeling opted for ex-Rum barrels to finish their whiskey. This whiskey is also bottled at 46% ABV, quite higher than most Irish whiskeys available today. An excellent small-batch Irish whiskey for regulars who are looking for a new experience beyond the standard expressions available in the market.
The Aberlour A’bunadh, The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish whiskey, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and the Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey complete our list of small-batch whisky brands every whisky lover should own. A home bar or whisky collection can truly be set apart from the rest when such elusive and rare gems are added to it so if you love whisky like you do, these are the bottles you should be looking for.