Twelve Tasty Sips
Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen.
Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling or stirring up a cocktail at home, let our guide lead to new taste destinations.
By Hope S. Philbrick
As temperatures drop, cravings for decadent sips worth savoring can rise. This Mixed Case features spirits and ports that can be enjoyed on their own or mixed into a cocktail. Pour one to enjoy in front of your fireplace or wherever your favorite chair happens to be located.
Laphroaig Select is billed as “more approachable than the average Laphroaig.” The Scotch whisky blend opens with whiffs of tropical fruit lurking behind peat. On the palate it is soft and approachable with notes of smoke, spice and a wee bit of sweetness. Retails for approx. $45.
Laphroaig Lore is a sophisticated Scotch whisky that’s rich and deep with distinctive peat, salt and chalk notes touched with flavors of smoke, adhesive, toast, malt and roast chile peppers. The long finish ends sweetly on spiced orange. Retails for approx. $125.
“In the last century, nearly half of Scotch whisky distilleries were forced to close due to economic pressure, prohibition and competing corporate globalization,” according to the press materials for The Lost Distillery, a boutique Scotch producer established in 2012. Dedicated to creating handcrafted whiskies inspired by and based on malt whiskies from long-forgotten distilleries, “The Lost Distillery Company marries 5 to 10 single malt whiskies from different distilleries throughout Scotland. It does not chill filter—just like the old days. To craft a modern interpretation of the closed distilleries’ long-lost whiskies, 10 components are analyzed; era, locality, water, barley, yeast, peat, mash tun, wash back, still and wood.”
Lost Distillery Jericho. According to The Lost Distillery Company, the Jericho Distillery operated from 1822 until 1884 and then was renamed Benachie. Operations continued near the town of Insch in northern Scotland until 1913, though the remote location proved to be the distillery’s undoing. Soft and subtle, this whisky offers notes of raisin bran, anise seed, raw almonds, dried plums, coffee and toast. Retails for approx. $43.
Lost Distillery Lossit. “Founded in 1817 by Malcolm MacNeil, the Lossit Distillery was the biggest producer of whisky on Islay and was part of the transformation of Islay’s reputation from an outpost of smugglers to a leading force in the whisky industry. Despite Lossit’s success, the 1850s brought a rise of big blending firms that changed the palate of drinkers and left little demand for pure malt whiskies. The distillery was small, secluded and limited which was a hindrance after distillation became legal and ultimately led to its closure in 1867.” Warm and spicy, this whisky offers notes of smoke, anise, charred oak, malt, gingerbread, Asian pear and candied lemon. Retails for approx. $43.
Lost Distillery Towiemore. “Founded in 1898 by whisky entrepreneur Peter Dawson, the Towiemore Distillery was built outside of Dufftown in Speyside as consumers lost confidence in the blended whisky industry and expressed concerns about its legitimacy. Despite the declining industry, Towiemore flourished and was celebrated for its light and fruity taste. In 1922, blending companies stopped purchasing Towiemore due to concerns of an influx of lime in its water supply. The distillery continued to face severe problems with water supply and closed in 1931.” This spicy whisky offers notes of pepper, peat, ginger and baking spices rounded out by dark chocolate, mixed nuts, and caramel with a hints of honey and orange. Retails for approx. $43.
Old Smokey Tennessee Moonshine Snow Cream cream liqueur is as smooth as milk, with a kick of moonshine. It can be sipped on its own, but it makes a great mixer. Add it to some other spirit that you like but think is a bit much with too intense a flavor and voila!, this makes it better. Retails for approx. $40.
Old Smokey Tennessee Moonshine Mountain Java cream liqueur is the company’s most popular spirit and one sip confirms that’s for good reason. This is serious yum. If you like coffee, especially when it’s in a latte or mocha, you’re going to love this. Retails for approx. $40.
Old Forester 2017 Birthday Bourbon is the 17th release of the annual limited-edition expression created as a homage to Brown-Forman’s founder George Garvin Brown. Drawn from 93 different 12-year-old barrels, this hearty blend offers notes of black pepper, chipotle pepper, cola, charred oak, salted caramel and orange zest. This is a strong bourbon. Retails for approx. $80.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port is the world’s most popular Reserve Port. Aged in oak barrels for four years, look for smooth notes of toast and spice lingering among the raisin and plum. Retails for approx. $18.
Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port is rich, full-bodied and satiny with notes of stewed fruits, leather, dark chocolate, Portobello, and spice box. Sip on its own or pair with blue cheese or chocolate desserts. Retails for approx. $24.
Warre’s Warrior Port is the world’s oldest brand of Port, having been shipped continuously since the 1750s! It offers elegant notes of juicy plums and dried cherries as well as raisin, candy apple, marjoram and roast chestnuts. Retails for approx. $19.
Unless otherwise noted, all suggested retail prices are for a 750ml bottle.
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