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So many new whiskeys to try, so little time. Here’s a short list of new (and newish) bottlings to add to your stash. By design, this list encompasses a broad range of whiskey categories and geographies, so there should be a little something to appeal to most palates. And if you fail to find something you like in this list, don’t worry—another crop of whiskeys is surely just around the corner.
A 100 percent corn-based whiskey packaged in a colorful stainless steel can, it is perfectly clear in the glass, with a warm buttered popcorn scent. Where most “moonshines” are brutally hot, this one is relatively smooth, with a reassuring corn-forward flavor and just the faintest hint of oak on the finish.
Hailing from Seattle, this small-batch 100-proof single malt is made with “pale malted barley” and aged for 30 months. Some will find it a bit on the young side, but it offers smooth, light flavor, with touches of cookie dough, orange peel and stone fruit backed by oak.
Hailing from Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, the producer says this Japanese whisky shows “brininess from the ocean breeze.” That may not be readily apparent, but there’s still plenty of smooth, rich vanilla and baked pear, with a pleasantly smoky, spicy finish.
Think of this as a special-occasion bottle. Made with 100 percent rye sourced from Canada, finished in barrels made from Vermont oak and bottled in Vermont, this is a delicious sipper that resounds with caramel, dried fruit and almond, fading into a long spice-accented finish.
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