The Whisky 2021 Holiday Gift Guide – Whisky News

IRELAND

Since 1757, Kilbeggan Distilling Company has crafted a portfolio of beloved Irish whiskeys unlike any other at its two distilleries: Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland, and Cooley Distillery, established in 1987 and considered a driving force behind the Irish Single Malt evolution.

  • Kilbeggan Original Irish Whiskey (SRP: $24.99) is a classic, boutique Irish Whiskey from the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. All about bringing people together and fostering community, Kilbeggan honors the people of the town that bears its name, whose unwavering dedication and perseverance has kept the distillery alive for more than 260 years.
  • The Tyrconnell 10 Year Madeira Cask, Port Cask and Sherry Cask Finish (SRP: $75 each) are a trio that showcase the versatility of Irish Whiskey. Initially aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels, each spirit spends an additional 6-8 months in casks that have been hand-selected for their ability to further enhance the profile of The Tyrconnell.

SCOTLAND

Made at the first distillery on Islay since 1779, Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky is known as one of the most balanced Islay whiskies, which are often thought to be the smokiest Scotch whiskies in the world.

  • Released earlier this year, the Bowmore Timeless Series showcases two exceptional masterpieces of whisky beautifully crafted and shaped by time. Bowmore Timeless 27 Year Old (SRP: $2,000, introduced worldwide) and Bowmore Timeless 31 Year Old (SRP: $2,100, exclusive to Global Travel Retail). Housed in a distinctive black box with an hourglass timed to three precious minutes – the time it takes to enjoy and savor the nose of this beautifully balanced masterpiece that has taken decades to perfect.
  • With notes of citrus, salt, smoke and vanilla, Bowmore 12 Year Old (SRP: $52) brings out the best in fresh seafood, especially oysters. Together, the Scotch and oysters raise each other’s profile and reveal new flavors on the palate.

JAPAN

For more than three generations, the master blenders at the House of Suntory, the Founding House of Japanese Whisky, have devoted themselves to pursuing the harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship to produce the legendary Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki whiskies.

  • Yamazaki® 55 Single Malt Whisky (SRP: $60,000) Bottled in 2020, Yamazaki 55 – the House of Suntory’s oldest release in history – celebrates the “Showa” era of the 1960s that represented a major period of change for the House of Suntory. For each of the 100 bottles purchased in the US, Beam Suntory will donate $5,000 to the White Oak Initiative, benefitting the long-term sustainability of American’s white oak forests.
  • Yamazaki® 25 Single Malt Whisky (SRP: $2,000), one of the world’s greatest whiskies, newly reformulated this year. Yamazaki 25 Single Malt Whisky is blended from rare whiskies aged over a quarter of a century in American oak, Spanish oak and Japanese Mizunara oak.

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