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The Best Everyday Drinking Whiskies

19th June 2019 // By Emma Reynolds

Not every whisky lovers wants to sip on their most expensive expressions, typically reserved for special occasions and celebrations. Stock your bar with top-shelf whisky that won’t look out of place next to your most coveted bottles and you won’t feel guilty pouring yourself a dram of after work. Read on for the best everyday drinking whiskies.

Jack Daniels No 27 Gold, $110

Jack Daniels No 27 Gold is the latest expression in Jack Daniels famous repertoire. Slightly pricier than your average bottle of Jack, No 27 Gold is double mellowed and double barreled with strong notes of maple. jackdaniels.com 

The Macallan Estate, $250

Macallan has garnered an incredible cult following and those who loves the spirit brand will love the Estate bottle just as much. The first-ever Estate bottle is made using barley grown on the Easter Elchies estate in the Speyside region of Scotland where Macallan calls home. Expect notes of wood spice, orange oil and sherry flavors. themacallan.com

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky, $100

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky is the first whisky to be aged in French Limousin oak and cognac casks. Started by founder Allison Parc, the whisky evokes French sensibility through its pale blue label and packaging and unique cognac flavors. brennewhisky.com

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2018 Cask Strength, $200

Only 12,000 bottles of this special Cask Strength 2018 whiskey were produced. What makes this expression unique is the fact it was finished in Port barrels, resulting in flavors of honey and banana, sweet raison and cola and an oaky finish. angelsenvy.com

Red Spot Single Pot Irish Whiskey, $110

Spot Whiskeys doesn’t label its bottles with years; instead, it uses different-colored spots on each of its bottles to indicate its age. Green Spot is aged between seven and 10 years; Red Spot is aged 15 years; and Yellow Spot is 12 years. This happened because in the founders underground cellars they would use a spot of paint to identify certain barrels, thus, Spot Whiskeys were born. All are created using pot stills. Red Spot has ripe fruit and a bit of sweetness paired with baked apple and a slight taste of cracked pepper. spotwhiskey.com

Hillrock Triple Cask Rye Whiskey, $130

Distilled in Hudson Valley, New York, Hillrock Estate Distillery’s new Triple Cask Rye Whiskey is small-batch whiskey handcrafted from rye grain. Made from estate-grown grain, the whiskey is exceptionally sweet. On the nose it has notes of Madagascar vanilla bean, crème brûlée, brown butter and dried plum. It’s round on the palate with cinnamon and clove, blackberry, dates and velvety brown sugar and has a finish of butter cake and chocolate. Talk about delightful. hillrockdistillery.com