Macaloney’s Island Distillery, in Saanich on Vancouver Island, has been cleaning up in international whisky competitions.
The second instalment in The Macallan’s Harmony Collection, Inspired by Intense Arabica explores coffee’s potential as both a flavour inspiration and packaging solution.
As it happens, some creative minds such as J.P. Wiser’s master distiller Dr. Don Livermore are experimenting with aging spirits, whisky specifically, in all manner of woods with great success.
Irish Distillers, under its sub-brand Spot Whiskeys, is reforging Ireland’s connection with the Wine Geese via a series of collaborative whiskeys. They recently turned to Canada’s Okanagan Valley, partnering with Quails’ Gate Winery, operated by the Stewart family, who have been farming in the region since Richard Stewart Sr. arrived from the Emerald Isle in 1908.
Ao (pronounced “ow”), the name of Suntory’s newest whisky, means “blue” in Japanese. In the case of this bottle of liquid gold, it refers to the oceans that connect the locations where parent company Beam Suntory’s whisky is made.
Fettercairn, the newest independent brand from Scotland’s Whyte & Mackay, makes “unicorn” whiskies. Its various expressions—packaged in bottles emblazoned with a unicorn from the crest of founder Sir Alexander Ramsay’s clan—each provide an immediately distinguishable flavour profile that showcases the company’s approach.
Italian whisky isn’t beholden to industry conventions. The result is a whisky that is hard to define but easy to love, and one that feels like a bold step forward for whisky as a category.
Any time The Glenlivet—the storied nearly 200-year-old Scotch whisky distillery—introduces a new whisky to its core lineup, it’s a big deal.
In recent years, a few select establishments have upped the ante by selling their own custom spirits in collaboration with classic marques. These special libations are worth the trip in themselves, from one of the most exclusive tequilas to a $5,000 bottle of Scotch.