Five Whiskeys for the Last Days of Winter

By Margarett Waterbury / February 27, 2018

No bones about it: Winter is whiskey season. Sure, you can drink whiskey any time of year, but there are some styles that just taste better when the weather outside is frightful. And while we’re looking forward to the warmer days of spring, that means there are only so many days left to enjoy the premiere whiskey-drinking season of the year.

So, in the next few weeks, we’ll be ticking off those spicy, smoky, big-bodied whiskies while we still have the chance—with one eye on the coming days of spring. Here’s what to drink while showing winter the door.

Bowmore 12-Year-Old

This classic Islay single malt delivers that canonical maritime peat flavor profile all wrapped up in a rich robe of toffee and oak. Yet there’s a lightness to Bowmore that hints at warmer days ahead, perceptible as a gentle note of raspberry and fig in the mid-palate.

Kilchoman 100% IslayKilchoman’s true farm whisky, 100% Islay is made from barley grown on Islay and malted, distilled, and aged at the Kilchoman distillery. It’s modestly peated and sensitively matured, allowing the crisp, lemony components of Kilchoman’s distillery character to shine.

Corsair Triple SmokeIf you can’t light a roaring fire, Corsair’s Triple Smoke is the next-best thing. Made with a combination of cherrywood, peat, and beechwood smoked malt, this is a pungently smoky dram, with plenty of sweetness to balance the intensity.

Stagg Jr.

Banish any lingering chills with Stagg Jr., the younger, easier-to-find sibling of George T. Stagg. It’s no less bombastic, though. This is uncut, unfiltered bourbon with a lush brown sugar sweetness and a fruity, spicy finish.

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