In this edition we continue our weekend recommendations for your palatial enjoyment, only this time we're going to break it down by spirit type and list several pricing options in each category. We'll top it off with the "earthshakers" section, which is irrespective of price :-) At Cereal Alchemist we appreciate the value of hard-working men and women, and although not all of us aspire to be collectors, we believe that everyone deserves the finest dram on the evening of their victory. This weekend is special since nosotros celebramos el Cinco de Mayo. Imbibe with me!
(because Cinco de Mayo is just an excuse to dabble in something you really ought to enjoy more often)
(because as long as we're dabbling in imports, you may as well)
(in case "5th of May" is more your thing)
(because Roger F***ing Sterling)
Ardbeg Corryvreckan (~$120): I have Distillery Manager Mickey Heads on record saying that “new French oak” is used in this malt. Whatever that means; perhaps he misspoke. However, it’s widely reported that the lion's share comes from ex-Burgundy casks. I hardly care. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the world’s best single malt (it actually attained this award in 2010). The awesome in this bottle is palpable; you can palp it. May Corryvreckan never die.
Bruichladdich Octomore “Comus” (~$170): Easily one of the top 3 Scotches I have ever tasted (which includes Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan, above), there is something unconscionable about placing the world’s peatiest malt (167 ppm phenol) into first-fill sauternes casks. However, there are no words to describe the journey your senses take when this spirit enters the palate. You’re basically Latin dancing with Christina Hendricks, in dramming form. For the ladies out there, insert Channing Tatum. It’s the Don Juan of single malts.
Hakushu Bourbon Barrel (~$110): You’ll read lots of puff pieces out there about how Japanese whisky has arrived, and you’ll probably be concerned that people have just been watching a few too many reruns of Lost in Translation. Let this bottle dispel your doubts. Hakushu is the product of true shokunin, and the bourbon barrel expression raises the bar about as close to perfection as my mind can conceive. Crisp, clear, and bright, this is spring in a bottle and heaven in a glass.