The spirit of the glass is definitely aged 7.
The age of a bottle of whisky is not necessarily a foolproof indicator of flavor. Although the taste of the liquor changes over time, its appeal is ultimately subjective depending on different factors.
However, alcohol experts say that the sweet spot for whisky is between five to eight years for climates where aging is faster.
Hence, certain brands maximize value for quality at seven years into the aging process for whisky.
To get the party started, here are some premium alcohol brands that have aged whisky for seven years to find the sweet spot for all tasters.
Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Finish
Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Finish is a 7-year-old blended Scotch with the sweetness of American bourbon. It carries tasting notes of honey and ripe red apple complemented by the aging process. This is then paired with hints of toffee, vanilla, and caramel native to bourbon whisky.
Adnams 7 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
The Adnams 7 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) possesses chocolatey and bittersweet coffee notes that top rounded malt, orchard fruit, and cinnamon. The sweetness of molasses and honey combine for the finish.
Benriach 7 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish (Darkness)
The Benriach 7 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish (Darkness) harnesses mint chocolate ice cream, walnuts, and a hint of eucalyptus. Dark chocolate touches linger for the finish.
Evan Williams Extra Aged
The Evan Williams Extra Aged reminds of raisins and walnuts, vanilla core, a hint of vegetal oak, and zesty orange oil. A spicy finish provided by drying notes of cinnamon bark and pine nuts add an extra kick.
Glen Elgin 7 Year Old 2014 – Piper (Fable Whisky)
Opening the Glen Elgin 7 Year Old 2014 – Piper (Fable Whisky) reveals a chocolatey start that process with notes of cut grass, clementine, and baking spices. This is completed by the essence of lemon peel, brown sugar, and a hint of cedar.
Photos via Adnams, Ballantine’s, Benriach, Evan Williams, Glen Elgin