Balvenie Peated Cask Aged 17 Years
No longer in production, this spicy specimen—which tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg—was the work of noted master blender David Stewart. He took a batch of mature Balvenie, made with heavily peated barley, and lightened it with whisky finished in new American oak casks. The product is a balanced tipple that boasts delicate smokiness and a honeyed nose.
$68 at The Halia @ Raffles Hotel
Islay distillery Bunnahabhain is generally known for producing mild single malt whiskies, but Toiteach (which means “smoky” in Gaelic) is the exception. Peated malted barley is included in the recipe to produce a light golden dram with smoky, peppery notes.
Laphroaig 21 Year Single Cask Silver Seal
Sold out worldwide, this rare limited edition Laphroaig whisky has been aged in sherry casks, resulting in a pour that’s reminiscent of bacon and maple syrup. The most intense of the lot, the spirit is not for the faint hearted. Emmanuel Dron, director of The Auld Alliance says, “Out of the more than 100 peaty whiskies we have at the bar at the moment, this is one of the smokiest.”
$34 at The Auld Alliance