Written by 12:18 pm 2019, Food and Drink

Whiskeys to Ring in the New Year

For holiday Old Fashioneds or sipping neat by the fire on a long winter’s night, here’s a variety of some of the best whiskeys being made today.

Cover photo by Adam Jaime

Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey A Blend
Proof:  86 
Distillery: Breckenridge
Location: Breckenridge, CO
Deep honey-amber hue with warm, pronounced aromas of under-ripe banana and brown sugar, with spicy notes of white pepper and toasted sesame. Light body with warm texture and long sweet oak, vanilla finish with a touch of bitterness to balance. Reminiscent of a slice of toasted rye bread with honey drizzled on it.

Bootjack Rye Whiskey
Proof:  90
Distillery: McClintock Distilling
Location: Frederick, MD
This traditional, Maryland-Style High Rye Whiskey is made from non-gmo heirloom grains and milled in house with traditional stone-milling techniques. Recently awarded a double gold at the International SIP Awards, this whiskey has a beautifully rich complexity with notes of cherry and black pepper with a buttery smooth finish.

Doc Porter’s Bourbon
Proof:  90 
Distillery:  Doc Porter’s Distillery
Location: Charlotte, NC
Doc Porter’s Bourbon is hand-crafted in Charlotte, North Carolina by true artisans who care about quality, sustainability and supporting local farmers.  Doc’s Bourbon is a high wheat blend with a mash bill of 60% corn, 30% wheat, 10% malted barley.

John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel
Proof:  100
Distillery: A. Smith Bowman
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Hailing from A. Smith Bowman Distillery—Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery —John. J. Bowman Bourbon is hand-selected from some of the oldest barrels in the warehouse to produce a single barrel bourbon with hints of toffee, leather, figs, and almonds. John. J. Bowman was awarded World’s Best Bourbon in 2017.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof
Proof:  92
Distillery: Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.
Location: Purcellville, VA
A culmination of several years of planning, Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye 92 Proof “Distiller’s Edition” is hand-selected whisky from one in every ten barrels. Specially curated for flavor, it shows a spicier rye profile at a higher proof (think cloves, cinnamon, black pepper), while still being remarkably smooth. 

Prelude: Courage & Conviction
Proof:  92
Distillery: Virginia Distillery Company
Location: Lovingston, Virginia
This limited-edition whisky is a sneak peek into the new American Single Malt line, Courage & Conviction.  Prelude: Courage & Conviction is made from 100% malted barley and aged a minimum of three years in Sherry, Cuvée and Bourbon Casks. The combination of these results in notes of caramel, butterscotch, fig, barrel spice and dark red fruit.  Available now in Virginia ABC stores.

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