By Alison Bailin Batz
Since the 1490s when it was first developed, whiskey – taken from a Gaelic word meaning “water of life” – has taken many forms: Scotch whisky in Scotland, bourbon whiskey in the American South and simply whiskey (with an “e”) in much of the rest of North America and Ireland. But no matter where it is made or what it is called, this water of life continues to be one of the most popular spirits in the world.
Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
This rich, flavorful whiskey was born of a California bartender’s love for – obviously – whiskey and peanut butter. And though he initially developed it as a shot, its legend grew so fast that he eventually partnered with his wife and friends to develop their own wholly new brand in 2018. $27.99.
OHSO J.a.N.E. Whiskey
Another flavored whiskey here, but this one from the Valley’s own OHSO, who have been distilling spirits since 2015. The apple-infused option uses green apple extract during the distillation phase, which results in a clean, crisp flavor perfect for spring and summer. $25.
Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon
This award-winning bourbon whiskey is owner Tom Bulleit’s personally selected reserve varietal. It is aged in charred American white oak barrels that were set aside to age for 10 years. The result is a special expression of Bulleit that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience. $35.
Adventure Stills Peralta Bourbon
Adventurous Stills makes every product by hand in its custom fabricated stills located in Tempe. This silver medalist in the 2018 San Francisco International Spirits Competition is made in new, charred American oak barrels and tastes of caramel, baked apples, vanilla and spice. $45.
Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash Whisky
This limited-edition product is aged for 13 years, resulting in aromas of apple and buttery toffee on the nose followed by creamy vanilla, toasted spices and dried orchard fruits on the palate. It finishes with a hint of toasted caramel. $60.
Ardbeg Drum Scotch Whisky
A woody, fragrant limited edition, the whisky is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then rests in ex-rum barrels resulting in an explosion of flavor. Expect everything from pine and sea spray to ripe bananas and pineapple in every sip. The finish has notes of smoke and honey that are a delightful surprise. $110.
This stunner is the 10th release in the brand’s award-winning Private Edition Series. Marrying biscuit notes with hints of baking bread, mandarin orange and butter candy, the uniquely fruity whisky will delight Scotch whisky aficionados most of all. $130.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Pig
A limited-edition version of Johnnie Walker Blue Label designed by English illustrator Chrissy Lau, this expression is a masterpiece. It boasts a velvety combination of vanilla, honey and rose petals and then finished with notes of hazelnut, sherry and dark chocolate. $250.