“Whisky is the new luxury. Drinking wine in a fine-dining restaurant is like driving a BMW 7 Series or an S600 Mercedes-Benz. But drinking whisky is like driving a Bentley or Rolls-Royce.” LEBUA CEO DEEPAK OHRI
A trio of innovative whisky launches worth toasting to.
BRUICHLADDICH BLACK ART 5
The Black Art whisky series from Bruichladdich comprises wild cards that express fruity and floral notes in an unpeated style, which deviates from the rest of the Islay distillery’s repertoire. Version Five sheds some of its predecessor’s earthiness, but retains the mystique that defines the series’ allure: It’s a dram you can sit with for an hour, yielding a different profile each time it touches your lips. The forefront notes are pineapple and plum, with a pleasant couching of mango and apricot, spiced with cinnamon. Have it neat or with a few drops, as rocks distend the delicate composition into a cordial like affair.
JIM BEAM DOUBLE OAK
From the world’s top producer of bourbon comes an edition succinctly described as “extra bourbon-y bourbon”. No need to be more eloquent about it – to create the Double Oak, the folks at Jim Beam simply tipped the matured contents of their oak barrels into freshly charred ones, let them sit for an undisclosed period, before finally bottling it all. Fancied the smattering of vanilla and the woody overtones of the original Kentucky Straight Bourbon? You’ll like this one twice as much.
BOWMORE 18-YEAR-OLD GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL
It’s been a while since Bowmore released any age-statement scotch, opting instead for blends of indeterminate maturation. That drought is officially over with the new travel retail exclusive range, the Bowmore Global Travel Retail. If you’ve worked a thirst for the flavours of old, go with the crown jewel, the 18 years, which yields notes of coffee and roasted nuts, with a brief interjection of orange peel.