Whiskey Roundup for October


I don’t indulge in alcohol frequently, savouring just few glasses a month. When I do pour out a glass of fine whiskey, I’m spoilt for choice, having built up quite the collection over the years.

Today I’m exploring some of my favourite whiskeys from recent months, in the hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

BCS Line 25 Year Whiskey

This 25 year bottle from BCS shows the best aspects of American whiskies. An extremely balanced profile of flavours on both the nose and palate, without being too complex and overwhelming.The taste lingers on the mouth, with a rich and warm aftertaste.

This 25 year bottle has become a weekly treat for me on Sundays.

Pappy Van Winkle’s 15 Year Family Reserve

Strong, spicy, with plenty of heat, front loaded with tones of oak and vanilla – this whiskey needs no introduction.

Only released once per year, I’ve had some trouble finding bottles of Van Winkle’s 15 Year Reserve in the past year, so would highly recommend hanging on tightly to any bottles you can source. For now, I have 1 bottle sitting in the cupboard which I refuse to open anytime soon.

Parkers Heritage Rye 8 Year

Yes, a rye whiskey, though a very sweet whiskey, where the flavour of rye is subtle. Somewhat hot for a 105 proof, with a long, lingering flavour of caramel, vanilla and summer fruits. This really is a beautiful whiskey.

Again, availability is a challenge, so snap up any bottles you can find.

Laphroaig 27 Year

Having tried a Laphroaig 32 Year, I can happily say that it doesn’t get better than the Laphroaig 27 Year. Double-maturation has its downsides, but with this bottle I’m very much impressed with the end result. Lemony, ashy notes folding into a long-lasting flavour, which leaves a nutty aftertaste.