While we drink Scotch year-round, the fall and winter pair most perfectly with rich and warming whisky. And fortunately, brands across Scotland are releasing a range of new bottlings that you need to try. Sláinte!
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label ($110):
The rumors you may have been hearing are true: Johnnie Walker Green Label and Gold Label are going away. But the Scotch stalwart just introduced Platinum Label, which is a smooth blend of whiskies at least 18 years old that contains plenty of spice and a bit of smoke.
Glen Grant Five Decades Limited Edition ($150):
To honor its long-serving master distiller Dennis Malcolm’s 50 years on the job (he started as an apprentice cooper at age 15), Glen Grant has brought out a very special spirit. It’s comprised of Malcolm’s favorite malts from, you guessed it, each of the last five decades. The finished product is sweet and fruity with hints of peat.
The Glenrothes Vintage 2001 ($65):
The Glenrothes specializes in bottling whisky from a particular year, which means that every one is unique. The 2001 vintage is no exception: The quaffable 12-year-old was matured in four different types of barrels and has notes of apricots and baking spices.
The Peat Monster Tenth Anniversary Limited Release ($100):
Love smoky, peaty Scotch? Then you’ll want to pick up this limited-edition blend, which comes out in a few weeks from boutique brand Compass Box. It’s mix of the usual Islay malts that go into its The Peat Monster, plus some special Highland whiskies. Don’t wait too long; there are only 5,700 bottles for the whole world.
Laphroaig Càirdeas Port Wood Edition ($75):
The latest from Laphroaig is this single malt, which was matured in former bourbon barrels for eight years and then finished in port casks for 15 months. It was released this summer, but you should be able to still find it on store shelves.
Kilchoman 100% Islay Limited Edition ($90):
There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you haven’t heard about Kilchoman. It was started in 2005 and was the first new distillery on the Scottish island of Islay in more than a century. This third edition of its 100% Islay series is a blend of malts that were aged for four and five years in American oak.