Celebrating 4/20? There’s a Whiskey for That.

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I’ve noticed something. Many of the states where craft distilling is most active – Colorado, Oregon, Washington, California, Massachusetts – are also places where getting your hands on a joint is as easy as stopping off at the corner store on the way home from work.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I suspect there’s something else at work here – states inclined to liberalize their distilling laws to let entrepreneurs take advantage of the boom in spirits are the same kinds of states friendly to the idea that marijuana should be regulated and sold in much the same way.

And sure, not every whiskey fan enjoys a toke here or there, but it seems to me that we’re a sympathetic audience to the argument that the government shouldn’t meddle too much with your indulgences.

So if you’re already warming up your vaporizer to celebrate 4/20, you’ll get no judgment here. But if you’re interested in commemorating the day with something that’s legal in all 50 states, well, we’ve got some suggestions to put you in the right mindset.

A note: If you’re dabbling in whiskey and pot today, proceed with extreme caution! Mixing cannabis and alcohol can make you more sensitive to their effects, and it’s easy to stray into unpleasant territory. Take it slow, stay hydrated, and for heaven’s sake, don’t get behind the wheel.

Octomore

In search of the dankness? Go find a bottle of Octomore, a series from Bruichladdich of the smokiest scotches ever released. They range in peatiness from 131 ppm all the way to an astounding 258 ppm. In my experience, they tend to skew towards the earthy end of peat’s flavor rather than high-toned aromatic smoke of Laphroaig.

Pine Barrens American Single Malt

Did you know cannabis and hops have a lot in common? They’re both members of the Cannibinaecae family, and both get their distinctive aromas from terpenes, a set of aromatic organic chemicals found throughout the plant kingdom that includes THC as well as less psychoactive stuff like limonene (smells like lemon) and pinene (smells like, you guessed it, pine). Explore the wonderful world of aromatic terpenes with a dram of Pine Barrens American Single Malt from Long Island Spirits, which is made from a beer mash, hops and all.

Dr. Stoner’s Smoky Herb-Flavored Secret Stash

OK, so we haven’t tried this one yet, but it seems remiss not to mention Dr. Stoner’s Smoky Herb Flavored Whiskey, a light whiskey that includes “peculiar earthy herbal flavors.” It’s bottled at 42.0% alcohol, and features a cannabis-inspired label, complete with a Technicolor bud. (Dr. Stoner, if you’re listening, please send us a sample!)

About the author

Margarett Waterbury

Margarett Waterbury is a food and drinks writer based in Portland, Oregon. She's the managing editor of The Whiskey Wash, the managing editor of Edible Portland, and a regular contributor to local and national publications.