You don’t really need a reason to crack open your favourite bottle of whisky and pour yourself a dram or two. If you do, then there’s hardly a better reason to chug down your favourite drink than World Whisky Day. Whatever be your reason, we’re listing seven whiskies that you must try in 2022.
Here they are, in no particular order.
1 – Glenmorangie X
First off our list is Glenmorangie’s unique new expression that’s specifically made for mixing. X by Glenmorangie makes for the perfect base for delicious and wonderful cocktails with its unique ‘made for miXing’ qualities. This luscious whisky is an extravaganza of flavours, from pear, vanilla and honeysuckle to orange sherbet and chocolate fudge. Expertly created from a combination of whisky aged in bourbon casks, and some finished in new char oak casks, its sweet and rich taste both complements and cuts through all manner of mixers for delicious drinks.
2 – Compass Box – The Story of the Spaniard
Inspired by working on a whisky with The Spaniard bar in New York City, this expression is built around whisky drawn from sherry and Spanish red wine casks. Released in batches, with the batch number shown on the back label, this expression from Compass Box is its tribute to Sherry’s broad spectrum of styles. The whisky itself is full, soft and sumptuous on the palate with flavours of citrus peel and pears poached in red wine and spices. It’s a whisky ideal for late evening sipping or stirring into a cocktail. Available at The Liquor Store, Belapur and Living Liquidz app in Mumbai for INR 13,000.
3 – Macallan 18
Macallan’s Double Cask whiskies are aged in two types of oak, in specially selected hand-crafted casks seasoned with dry Oloroso sherry. American oak imparts delicate flavours of vanilla, citrus and butterscotch while European oak delivers the subtle spice of The Macallan. Once matured, two exceptional whiskies unite to create a distinctive single malt with a sweeter, warmer taste and character. You can enjoy this expression neat, over ice or in a serve. With the Macallan 18 Fine Oak expression out of stock everywhere, this is the closest you can get to the brand’s other 18-year-old expression.
4 – Indri Single Malt
Indri Single Malt is the first expression from Piccadilly Distilleries. Indri is made with indigenous six-row barley from Rajasthan and is distilled in Indri in Haryana. Matured with care since 2010, Indri–Trini is also the first Indian whisky to be produced in three different wooden barrels namely, ex-bourbon, ex-wine, and PX sherry casks. The whisky has been winning awards from across the globe and is a must-try in 2022 if you haven’t already. Available in Mumbai for INR 5100.
5 – Kavalan Classic Single Malt
If you thought Japanese whiskies were great, wait till you try Taiwanese whiskies. This new kid on the block is making all the right noises with Kavalan turning into one of the most exciting names in the whisky world. Try their single malt to introduce yourself to Taiwanese whisky. Be warned though, there might be no going back. Available in Mumbai for INR 17,250 for a 700ml bottle.
6 – Amrut Spectrum 004
Released in late 2021, the third release of Amrut Spectrum 004 Single Malt Whisky is also one of the distillery’s finest new releases. The base single malt whiskey has been aged in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in a custom-made cask. Add to that, four different staves were used to mature the whisky viz., New American oak staves, French limousin oak, ex-Oloroso sherry cask staves, and ex-PX sherry cask staves. It also lent its name to the expression. Amrut Spectrum 004 is available in limited quantities in Bengaluru for INR 13,000.
7 – Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is made by blending three ghost whiskies with five rare expressions of malt and grains from the existing distilleries of Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Cameronbridge. While you can enjoy your regular Johnnie Walker any day of the week, keep this one for special occasions. Recommended by Deepak Sharma, Beverage Manager, SAGA, Gurgaon the whisky is available at their bar for INR 1095++ per 30 ml.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.