If you like brown liquor, you're probably quite familiar with bourbon whiskey. And its sibling, rye whiskey. And of course its fatherly forebear, Scotch whisky. You might have also come across Canadian whiskey, Japanese whiskey and perhaps even Tasmanian whiskey.
But you may not be aware of a small, intercontinental subgroup that we're going to call Christmas whiskey. Not only do these bottles make great gifts, their flavors and scents also evoke indisputably festive taste memories like mulled wine and fruitcake. Here, four great bottles that are perfect for getting crazy cozy this winter.
1. Alberta Premium Dark Horse ($30)
You might not know it, but you've probably tasted whiskey from Alberta Distilling. The American brands Jefferson's and WhistlePig have sourced rye from this Canadian producer for years. This version, which incorporates some corn whiskey and a splash of sherry, is a bit like sticky toffee pudding with its caramel-inflected nose, salty palate and buttery texture. It's also quite affordable, but there's a catch: You're not likely to find it outside of Canada. If someone up north owes you a present this year, you might consider dropping a hint.