The LCBO carries several whisky and whiskey brands in addition to special whiskies that Vintages releases almost monthly, but the most rare and unique brands are available from times a year in small quantities, and distributed to select stores.
However, anyone in Ontario can order a bottle thorough any store in
The sores that carry a small inventory are listed on the official web site of the LCBO (www.lcbo.com).
Recently, I had the opportunity to taste 17 rare whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, and the USA.
The following stood out:
Caol Isla, Distillers Edition, Islay, Scotland
Double Gold Medal winner in San Francisco International tasting and competition. Aged in Moscatel casks, this Islay displays assertive notes of sea-air, smoke, and spiciness.
Smooth and though provoking.
89789, $ 99.95
Laddich Classic, Bruichladdich, Islay
A heady blend of various Islay single malt whiskies. Smells of citrus fruits, heather, sea-salt, and vanilla dominate. Complex flavours are evident in the mouth. Smooth and highly enjoyable.
178384, 700 ml. $ 79.95
Port Charlotte Single Malt Whisky, Bruichladdich, Islay
The smokiest of all Islay whiskies with a creamy mouth feel. Offers peppery, lemony, spicy flavours and a touch of pleasant sweetness in the finish.
220772, $ 81.45 700 ml.
Stathisla, 12 year Old Whisky, Chivas Brothers, Pure Highland Malt
Smells of oak and hay. In the mouth it has a fuller and fruitier flavour than Lowland whiskies. Superbly crafted, and smooth with a satisfying finish.
394437, $ 57.90
Bourbon Cask Aged, 16 year Old, Bruichladdich, Islay
Some Scottish distillers buy old Bourbon casks and age their whiskies for a special flavour and extra smoothness. In this case, the master distiller of Bruichladdich, Jim McEwan, used once-used barrels from Buffalo Trace and Jim Beam brands.
This whisky is harmonious, tastes of vanilla, peat, spice, and honey. It has a smooth mouth feel and persistent finish.
220988, $ 110.00, 700 ml
Very Rare Irish Whiskey, Midleton
Awarded a gold medal in the International Spirits Challenge competition in 2010. This is an outstanding blend of long-aged Irish whiskies in Bourbon casks. Smells of fruit, honey, and flowers. Irish whiskey aficionados should acquire this whiskey before it is sold out.
641589, $ 179.95
Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Evan Williams
Delivers cotton candy, mint, and spice flavours. It is crisp, clean and complex. Smooth and unique finish.
266015, $ 54.95