Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
(Gary Vaynerchuk’s Favorite) Price: $45 Region: Franklin County, Ky. Notes: Smooth as butter, with a long, engaging finish. A tad more oak than the Woodford, but not as much heat comes through.
Laphroaig Malt 15 Year
(Gary Vaynerchuk’s Favorite) Price: $60 Region: Islay (Scotland’s western and northern coasts, including Islay, Orkneys Mull, Skye; heavy and smokey) Notes: Peaty but picks up some smokiness as well. Very complex with a long
Glenkinchie Distillers Edition
Price: $70 Region: Lowland (low areas in southern Scotland; light and dry) Notes: This is very different — a lighter style of Scotch. A little caramel. If you’ve been drinking American whiskeys and want to try a Single Malt, this could be a good crossover play.
Tomintoul 16 Year Speyside
Price: $70 Region: Speyside Notes: I like the way this strikes my tongue; there’s almost a little saline component on the back end. Well balanced.