It’s that time of the year again when the streets are painted green, clovers adorn every item of clothing, and people search for just a touch of that patented Irish luck. By all regards, St Patrick’s Day is the one of the largest of spring events, as people come together to celebrate a shared culture. In the spirit of the day, LUXlife Magazine has put together the must-have drinks you need to try this St Patrick’s Day.
1. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
Uses a one-of-a-kind recipe with twice as much rye as traditional bourbons to create its trademark spicy finish. Artfully aged and bottled at 80 proof, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is a light-bodied, smooth, super-premium whiskey. Sip it neat or on the rocks to appreciate its slight honey and pepper tasting notes, or mix it up in a classic or contemporary cocktail with family and friends. From its stylish packaging to the spicy yet smooth liquid inside, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is a distinct and unexpected whiskey.
2. Knob Creek Twice Barrelled Rye Whiskey
This highly commended whiskey is secondarily finished in new, level 4 charred American Oak barrels. The expression presents the signature rich and Savory notes of our straight rye whiskey, mingled with the harmonious robust oak and a touch of sweetness from the double barrelling process. The result is a bold whiskey with a completely new flavour profile to the brand’s highly awarded line up.
3. Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask
Is crafted each year by Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell, as a limited-edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic). Released in limited quantities stateside as one of the most highly anticipated Laphroaig offerings each year, the 2018 iteration, Cairdeas Fino Cask, features notes of toasted almonds, dried fruit and sea salt, all of which perfectly complement the whisky’s peaty, unmistakably Laphroaig flavour.
4. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
Features an artful blend of ryes, including the welcome presence of spicy Kentucky straight rye whiskey and layers of Canadian Rye from the award-winning Alberta Distillery. It is finished with just a touch of California port, making it a full flavoured yet accessible sipping rye even for those who don’t typically enjoy rye whiskey neat.
5. Laphroaig 28-Year-Old
Is an exceptional expression that has been matured for 28 years in a suite of artfully selected casks. First matured in different sizes from quarter casks to butts, the liquid is married in sherry casks to age for its final 12 months.