GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

GSN Review: Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottlings

American Single Malt producer, Westland Distillery, will celebrate its fourth annual Peat Week, taking place Monday, October 2, through Saturday, October 7, by offering three unique sideshow-themed Peat Week commemorative bottles: Phenostrus, The Demon of the Bog; Mistress Miasma, The Vixen of Vapor, and Spinther, The Man of Fire – each available nationwide.

“This release is composed entirely of Heavily Peated Distiller’s Malt from Bairds,” says master distiller Matt Hofmann. “The marrying of five new American oak casks with two ex-Bourbon casks, resulted in the perfect balance of heavy smoke lifted by the right amount of sweetness.”

This special release is cask matured for 36-56 months and bottled at cask strength.  There are a total of 1,500 bottles available.

2017 Peat Week Bottling (108.8 proof)
Visual: Rich gold.
Nose: As expected, quite peaty. A smoked cinnamon, butterscotch, oak char trio makes for an unusually unique nose.
Taste: Malty with a medium-heavy smoked peat character, but balanced with a keen and sly sweet note from the ex-Bourbon aging.
Finish: Long, with a back and forth match between the young oak and the elder oak, and ending with a burst of cinnamon stick.
Overall: It’s the best of both worlds: Scotch style peatiness and American Bourbon style sweetness. This makes for a tasty and interesting spirit.  A splash of branch water opens up the warmth and charm of this special limited edition from the great Westland Distillery. Recommended.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Westland Distillery