Whether served solo or in a classic cocktail, whiskey is a sophisticated and seasoned drink.
For a thousand years, this “water of life” elixir has brought warmth to winter.
Here are some luxury choices for the tongue to explore.
1. Crown Royal Fine de Luxe and Crown Royal XR Extra Rare
Crown Royal’s base whiskey, Crown Royal Fine De Luxe, is a blend of 50 full-bodied whiskeys, and Crown Royal XR Extra Rare is a limited-edition whiskey crafted from one of the final batches of the famed LaSalle Distillery, which closed more than a quarter century ago.
“The Crown Royal Fine De Luxe is matured to perfection,” says Sophie Kelly , senior vice president of whiskeys for Diageo North America, the parent company of Crown Royal. “The nose is rich and robust with slight hints of vanilla and fruits. “The finish is expansive and long lasting.” She notes that its “signature smoothness” makes it perfect with a simple mixer like ginger ale or cola, or with honey syrup and lemon juice for a cocktail.
Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, she says, is full-bodied and incredibly smooth.
“The aroma conjures hints of pear with complementary floral bouquet notes, while the honeyed pear maintains upon first taste and is joined by tones of dried apricot and raisins midpalate,” she says. “The finish is exquisite with an elegant touch of cocoa and brown sugar.”
She adds that it’s “exceptional on its own, neat, or with ice.”
2. The Balvenie Week of Peat and A Day of Dark Barley
The handcrafted collection from Scottish distillery Balvenie, which was established in 1892, features The Balvenie Week of Peat and A Day of Dark Barley.
The Week of Peat, aged for 14 years and launched globally in 2017, gets its “very rare, delicately smoky, and nontraditional style from the infusion of peat into the barley-drying process,” according to Jamie Johnson , Canadian brand ambassador.
“The flavor is a classic Balvenie expression with honey, vanilla, and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness,” she says.
A Day of Dark Barley, aged for 26 years, was originally released in 2006. It is the product of experimentation with heavily roasted dark barley, resulting in what Ms. Johnson says is “a flavor profile that is ultradecadent with notes of chocolate and is exceptionally exquisite.”
Both whiskeys, she says, are best imbibed neat.