A sip of Texas tea? Credit: Balcones Distilling
A sip of Texas tea?
Credit: Balcones Distilling

These just in: New bottles that could become old friends

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Like us, you may suffer from a thirst for novelty that only gets mightier with age. Forbes.com contributor Larry Olmsted has just the ticket, rattling off a list of new whiskies he’s been lucky enough to try.

First up: Waco-based Balcones Distilling’s Texas Pot Still Bourbon. “It is surprisingly complex, fruity and a touch sweet, with hints of crisp apple, nuts and sweet corn,” Olmsted says of the 92-proof number, which retails for less than $30.*

Heart of oak

He’s also bullish on Irish upstart Glendalough Distillery, whose 13-year-old single malt ($90) is aged in rare Japanese Mizunara oak: “It gives the whiskey complex layers of honey and citrus fruit.”

Another newbie that caught our eye is The Story of the Spaniard ($65), by London-headquartered Scotch producer Compass Box. This Highland single malt blend spends time in French, European and American casks, some of which once held sherry and Spanish red wine. “The result is full-bodied yet soft, sweet and very smooth, perfect for sipping neat, with nuanced layers of citrus fruit and ripe berries,” Olmsted writes. Tell us more.

*All prices in U.S. dollars

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