Five Whiskeys for the Last Days of Winter - The Whiskey Wash

Five Whiskeys for the Last Days of Winter

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-OldThis 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.

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon

Drinking Texas whiskey can feel like drinking bottled heat, it’s so dark, dense, and extractive. Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon is some of the most satisfying Texas whiskey around, with an inky color and deep flavor of oak, molasses, and char.

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Margarett Waterbury

Margarett Waterbury is a full-time freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Spirited Magazine, Edible Seattle, Sip Northwest, Capital Press, In Good Tilth, Civil Eats, Travel Oregon, Portrait Magazine, Artisan Spirit, and many other publications. She is the former managing editor of Edible Portland, as well as the cofounder and former managing editor of The Whiskey Wash. In 2017, Margarett won the Alan Lodge Young Drinks Writer of the Year award. She received a fellowship for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in 2017 and 2019. When she’s not reporting stories, Margarett likes helping people use words to make interesting things happen in the world. She consults on communications and marketing projects, helps organizations raise money, and writes commercial and advertising copy for companies and brands with stories to tell. @margarett_maria