As if we needed an excuse to visit a distillery, a number of brands sell special bottlings in their gift shops. These spirits sometimes offer a sneak peak of what’s to come or are the distiller’s own personal project. Either way, they’re a nice reward for making the trip. Here are a few that are currently available. Safe travels!
Bénédictine Single Cask ($63, 1 L):
If you find yourself on the coast of France northwest of Paris, you can check out the Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp. There you can buy the brand’s Single Cask, which debuted in 2007 and, thanks to maturation in small Limousin oak barrels, is drier than the standard Bénédictine.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream ($20, 750 mL):
While Buffalo Trace whiskies are prized by drinkers, the company also produces this bourbon-and-cream liqueur. It’s a bestseller at the distillery’s gift shop in Frankfort, Ky. (A couple of local liquor stores recently started selling it as well, and we hear that distribution may expand.)
Charbay Green Tea Aperitif ($28, 750 mL):
At boutique Napa Valley winery and distillery Charbay, you can enjoy a sample of the small-batch Green Tea Aperitif—which is made from its own wine and fortified with its own brandy—and then take a bottle home.
Jameson Distillery Reserve 12-Year-Old Irish Whiskey ($59, 700 mL):
After touring the old Jameson facility in the heart of Dublin, pick up the exclusive Distillery Reserve 12-Year-Old. It’s a blend of pot-still and column-still whiskies, which has been aged in both former sherry and bourbon barrels.
The Macallan Easter Elchies Cask Selection 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($196, 700 mL):
Those lucky enough to make the pilgrimage to The Macallan in the Scottish Highlands can purchase the limited-edition Easter Elchies Cask Selection 2010 (pictured above). It was distilled in 1997, aged in a used sherry barrel built out of Spanish oak and is a potent 104.6-proof.
George Washington Rye Whiskey ($95, 375 mL):
What could be more appropriate than spending part of July 4 weekend at Mount Vernon’s distillery? And the second batch of George Washington Rye, made by master distiller Dave Pickerell from a historic recipe, goes on sale Monday, to boot.