Dear Reader: A gentle reminder that tomorrow is April 15, A.K.A. Tax Day. If you’re getting a refund, congratulations. To help you celebrate we’ve picked out five splurge-worthy bottles. If you owe the government a check, our sympathies—you definitely deserve a drink. We’ve also selected five reasonably-priced bottles that even your accountant would approve.
Refund Splurge: Four Roses 17-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon ($100)
In 1910, Four Roses opened its distillery on the bank of the Salt River in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. To commemorate this centennial anniversary, the brand is releasing a limited-edition, cask-strength, 17-year-old bourbon. (Pictured above.) It has sweet, creamy vanilla and fruit notes. The spirit is being bottled right now and will be on store shelves by the time your refund arrives.
Accountant Approved: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon ($35)
Chivas Brothers’ Royal Salute 38 is truly fit for a monarch. The smooth Scotch is a blend of whiskies that are at least 38 years old and has notes of cedar, spice and a wisp of smoke. It comes in a porcelain bottle capped by a 24-carat gold-plated stopper.
Accountant Approved: Chivas Regal 18 Scotch ($65)
Refund Splurge: Highland Park 1968 Single Malt ($4,000)
You’ll need a pretty big refund to cover the cost of a bottle of Highland Park’s new 40-year-old whisky. The delicate spirit has honey, citrus and spice flavors. (To get a bottle contact HighlandPark@mbooth.com.)
Accountant Approved: Highland Park 12-Year-Old Single Malt ($50)
To truly celebrate in style, open a bottle of the elegant Krug Grande Cuvée. The creamy champagne is both refreshing and full of delicious flavors, including hints of toast and dried fruit. The Grande Cuvée is a blend of up to 50 different wines made from three different grape varieties.
Accountant Approved: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne ($45)
Delamain Cognac is a favorite of bartenders and spirits experts. Once you taste the delicate and rich Reserve de la Famille, which was aged for about 60 years, you’ll understand why. The house dates back to 1824 and is still owned and run by descendents of the founder, which is a rarity in Cognac these days.
Accountant Approved: Delamain Pale & Dry XO Cognac ($99)