Taste five unique whiskies

Esquire (UK) - - Style -

1 | Col­lec­tor’s item

Talisker 1978, 40-Year-Old Bodega Se­ries, 50% ABV (Skye, Scot­land) Talisker’s old­est buyable sin­gle malt has been fin­ished in casks that pre­vi­ously spent 40 years ma­tur­ing sherry. It’s one big thwack of fruit and spice, with hints of sea and smoke.

£2,750/70cl; the­whiskyex­change.com

2 | Jaunty flavour

The Glen­livet Cap­tain’s Re­serve,

40% ABV (Spey­side, Scot­land)

This easy-go­ing sin­gle malt is jazzed up by a spell in cognac casks, adding warm cin­na­mon and raisin flavours that bal­ance beau­ti­fully with the smooth and light Glen­livet style.

£48/70cl; waitrose.com

3 | Hip­ster

Ko­val Bour­bon, 47% ABV (Chicago)

This small-batch, sin­gle-bar­rel, or­ganic bour­bon (from Chicago’s first dis­tillery since Pro­hi­bi­tion) is soft and so­phis­ti­cated. A sug­ary scent calms down on taste, turn­ing into vanilla and caramel, with a tiny tinge of pep­per.

£47/50cl; the­whiskyex­change.com

4 | Icy blast

White Walker by John­nie Walker, 41.7% ABV (Scot­land)

Made in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the fi­nal se­ries of Game of Thrones, this limited-edi­tion blends whiskies from Scot­land’s high­est dis­til­leries and should be kept in the freezer so as to in­cur a chill.

£35/70cl; ama­zon.co.uk

5 | Pin­pointed

Jack Daniel’s Sin­gle Bar­rel Se­lect, 45% ABV (Ten­nessee)

This pre­mium Jack dis­plays the bar­rel num­ber and bot­tling date around the neck. Ex­pect over­tones of orange and pop­corn flavours (with­out the syrupi­ness). Too good to go into cola. £40/70cl; mas­terof­malt.com

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