Sure, blended Scotches like Johnnie Walker, Famous Grouse, and Chivas dont carry age statements and people dont seem to mind. But were not talking about blended whisky today. Thats too easy. Were talking about brands that have other expressions that do have age statements.
To find the best options, we once again turn to the experts. We asked a handful of bartenders to tell us their favorite no age statement whisk(e)ys to drink this fall.
Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Marla White, lead bartender at Lona Cocina & Tequilera in For Lauderdale, Florida
Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured and stored in American Bourbon Casks that give it a desirably different flavor profile than other whiskies. With notes of vanilla and coconut, this is the perfect whiskey to enjoy outside.
Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask Japanese
Frantjesko Laonora, lead bartender at Curaao Marriott Beach Resort in Curaao
Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask Japanese Whisky is one of the few NAS whiskeys named Worlds Best Whisky and offers fruity notes, fragrant sandalwood, and sweet coconut. Its certainly a whisky where you get lost in the smell.
Booker’s Little Book Bourbon
Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami
Booker’s Little Book has consistently been worth anticipating year by year when they release the new blend. Always a variation of tasting notes but subtly different with each bottling.
Blantons Single Barrel Bourbon
Molly Safuto, bartender at Mila Rooftop Bar in Glendale, California
Blantons Single Barrel Bourbon, the first of its kind with a unique bottle design to represent to Colonel Blantons pioneer history. Sweet and citrusy with an accumulation of spices make this Bourbon a favorite for myself and even my parents.
Kaiyo The Peated Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky
Crystal Chasse, beverage director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn, New York
I was first exposed to Kaiyo “The Peated” Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky about a year ago and I am still obsessed. Aged in Mizunara Oak and Madeira Casks it has the perfect amount of smoke mixed with honeyed coconut and apple.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Andy Printy, beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis
Elijah Craig Small Batch may be the best whiskey on the market for the price. Lots of caramel and toffee throughout but assumes an unmistakable oak and butter on the finish. Its the equivalent of eating a blondie in the whiskey world.
Glyph Molecular Whisky
Brendan Bartley, head bartender and beverage director at Bathtub Gin in New York City
A very controversial category in whiskey is molecular whiskey. One of my favorite no age statement whiskeys comes from that field. Glyph is the first molecular whiskey and I think they do an amazing job. I think its more the language that people have a hard time digesting the liquid. Ive sold this whisky in the bar now for nearly two years. Every time I give someone a blind tasting, they love it. Once I reveal what it is, their faces drop.
East London Single Malt Whisky
Max Stampa-Brown, beverage director at Borrachito in New York City
I was very fortunate to travel to London for a competition with the East London Liquor Company last year. Even more fortunate I got to try their London Single Malt Whisky ahead of its release to the masses. Tasted like hot cocoa and scones. Being the only American in the room I nervously said after my first sip, is it too clich for me to say this is quite biscuity.
We had a really good night that night.
E.H. Taylor Straight Rye
Gavin Humes, bartender at Scratch | Bar & Restaurant in Encino, California
Go with the Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye. It comes in at a hefty 100 proof but doesn’t read super-hot. In fact, it’s got some great vanilla, caramel, and even some peppery quality. The rye gives it a complexity that balances what is sometimes overly cloying in the case of some bourbons. Really a delicious product.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
While youll find many great whiskies from Lagavulin that do have age statements, Distillers Edition is so good, you wont even wonder how long its been aged. Its a great combination of sweet vanilla and caramel notes melding with herbal and smoky peat flavors.