Winters can be downright daunting, what with dark gloomy days and freezing temperatures with snow or harsh winds. However if you are planning to stay indoors and enjoy the Winter Olympics, then you should stock up on plenty of lip-smacking food and rich, full-bodied whisky. This is actually the season to enjoy the soothing warmth of whisky. So let’s take a look at some whiskies that will help shake off the crummy winter doldrums and enjoy the games. Single malt scotches, Irish Whiskeys, bourbons, there are a plethora of options, no matter what is the kind of your palate.
So how do you pair your perfect whisky? It could be neat or in a cocktail, would have a smooth and creamy taste with a hint of smoke and should be able to warm you inside out. Basically it should have the perfect viscosity. You cannot go with too a thin whisky as it could be quite underwhelming. It should have the right body to fortify you to battle the cold weather, so pick the right tipple.
Powers John’s Lane Release 12 year old Single Pot Still
This exquisite Irish whiskey is a winner for the chilly winters. Its vanilla, chocolate, dry spice, dark fruit, and coffee flavours dance on the palate giving that well-balanced whisky feel you want while watching your favourite game. Its finish is long and warm enough to make you appreciate the 12 years it spends on the bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
Rich, oaky, and full of winter spices, this Speyside single malt is smooth. It will remind you of all those wintery things you enjoy – fudge, madeira, apple crumble with calvados, cloves and cinnamon. Matured in French Limousin Oak, this scotch has chewy resinous wood notes in the palate and peppery note in its long and dry finish.
Seagram’s 7 American Orchard Apple
This whisky speaks to those who want some sweet and fruity notes in their drink. The perfect budget mixer in the market, this Canadian blended whisky looks good on the rocks as well. Pick it up if you want to be reminded of ripe orchard apples while sipping on your dram. At 71 proof, this smooth whisky is aged in bourbon casks.
Ballantine's Hard Fired
Winters and bonfires go hand in hand. But since you are busy enjoying the winter Olympics, bring the feel into your living room with this wonderful blended whisky. From the first smell onward, every hint in this tipple will remind you of the comfort of sitting by the fire and toasting your favorite foods. On the palate, it has a balanced flavour of baking spices, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, liquorice and buttery biscuit. The silky, ashy, and warm lengthy finish is the perfect end to this wintery whisky.
Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Finish
A rye whiskey fan will definitely need one of these on his shelf. As you open the bottle get ready to welcome winter in with the aroma of distinctive spices and sticky brown sugar simmering in the pan. This blended scotch is smooth and creamy on the palate, with plenty of vanilla, dark chocolate, and spicy oaky flavours. The finish is spicy and subtly sweet. The whisky’s rich and complex layers come from being first aged for ten years in American Oak casks and then finished in ex-rye casks.
Macallan Double Cask 12 Years
Famous for maturing in dual casks, this brand has released some classics of this age. Aged for 12 years, this scotch from the house of Macallan has been aged in new American oak barrels seasoned with Sherry, and finished in European Sherry oak casks. The result is heaps of sherry on the nose and a creamy citrus note that is heightened by hints of coconut and caramelized banana. The end notes have a vanilla finish.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
No party with whisky can be complete without a good bourbon. This affordable single barrel reserve is rich with robust flavours of smoky vanilla, hints of caramel, nuts and oak. A full bodied bourbon, you can have it neat, on a single cube and even in your Manhattans. As you let it slide down your throat, you can soak in the wintery warmth, and its dark chocolatey notes, mixed with hot cocoa, fudge, apple pie spices, and vanilla bundt cake flavours.