Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have gained a bit of wisdom when it comes to whiskey. I’d love to tell you that craft beer and wine are my favorites, but that’s just not true. As a whiskey-lover, you might ask me exactly what my favorite whiskey is, but I’d have to admit that I haven’t tried enough. However, I am here to share a few choices that I really enjoy across all ends of the spectrum – 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 you’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 you’re looking for a smooth, dry drink with a cocktail taste.
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 Stuff” is extremely smooth and this is no nonsense drink — it may be the best one I’ve tried yet. I always love an excuse to have my friends try whiskey, and the non-connoisseur in me just says, “It’s good!” My dear friends who are not rye whiskey drinkers say it’s “smooth and clean with a warm aftertaste and doesn’t burn.” 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!