Distinctive International Whiskies for the Holidays – Whisky News


Distilled in 1989 and gently nurtured for three decades in the No. 1 Vaults, the world’s oldest Scotch maturation house, this rare single malt whisky is defined by the art of time and its influence on Bowmore Distillery’s remote island home, Islay. Aged in the finest Sherry hogshead and bourbon barrels while waves crash against the cellar walls, BOWMORE 30 YEARS OLD (ABV: 45.3%) has a rich fruity flavor with tropical butterscotch notes and rounded by the unmistakable subtle peat smoke for which Bowmore is celebrated. The bottle presentation is a gift itself, showcasing the colors and textures of driftwood, polished sea glass and the turquoise waters of Loch Indaal – all materials found on Islay that are definitively shaped by time.

SRP: $1,850

Availability: Annual limited release of 2,580 bottles globally; available as of December 2020


Merging techniques honed by the Giraud family of celebrated cask makers and cellar masters since 1873, the Alfred GIRAUD portfolio features two limited-production French Malt Whiskies that are meticulously blended and completely dependent on the availability of exceptional casks, including ex-cognac, French Limousin and American oak. A blend of three non-peated French malt distillates that are matured individually and together, HERITAGE (ABV: 45.9%) is complex yet balanced, structured with a full body that leads to a sophisticated and subtly sweet finish; only 23 casks released annually. HARMONIE (ABV: 46.1%), a blend of one lightly-peated and two non-peated French malt distillates, is delicate yet powerful with a rich and balanced palate and a discreet hint of peat; only 7 casks released annually.

SRP: $155 for HERITAGE; $190 for HARMONIE

Availability: At key retailers in select cities, and online at www.alfredgiraudwhisky.com, ReserveBar and Caskers


The Hibiki brand is Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and widely considered one of the most prestigious and honored whiskies in the world. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan’s 24 seasons, Hibiki Japanese Harmony (ABV: 43%) is a meticulous blend of the finest selection of malt and grain whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.

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