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Best New Whiskies To Drink This Spring

BRAD JAPHE

This spring is an especially auspicious time for whisky enthusiasts seeking something new. On shelf at your local liquor store are a parade of labels you probably haven't seen before. Many of them are worth taking home with you. And since these releases run the gamut of prices--ranging from the cost of two tickets to movie night all the way up to the re-sale value of a lightly used car--there's something to satisfy every budget. Here's a look at the season's most exciting offerings, and what you can expect to taste when you're ready to pour.

The Last Drop Distillers 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt Whisky -- $6,250

If budgetary constraints are of no concern, you ought to consider the newest release from The Last Drop. The London-based company is a connoisseur's dream brought to life; dedicated to the procurement of impossibly rare stocks of aged spirit that will never exist again. This month they unveiled a 50-year-old Speyside malt sourced entirely from two casks at the Glenrothes distillery. The first barrel yielded just 130 bottles of whisky. The second, 141. So an allotment of only 271 will make its way across the globe. If you're lucky enough to snag one you can expect smooth texture, light hints of cigar smoke, and the ineffable umami complexities that only half a century's worth of maturation can deliver.

1969 GLENROTHES SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY, CASKS 16203 & 16207  THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS

1969 GLENROTHES SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY, CASKS 16203 & 16207

THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS