Picks by Colin Spoelman, co-author of Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey.

Photograph by Sean Molin/Getty Images

Picks by Colin Spoelman, co-author of Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey.

Photograph by Sean Molin/Getty Images

Five Whiskeys for Winter

Spoelman's Picks
Spoelman's Picks

Picks by Colin Spoelman, co-author of Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey.

Photograph by Sean Molin/Getty Images
Corsair Triple Smoke
Corsair Triple Smoke

This whiskey is made from malts smoked three different ways. While smoking malt is no longer intrinsic to the whiskey-making process—peat fires were once necessary in Scotland—this version is complex and a totally different spin on American whiskey. 
$49.99; binnys.com

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Hudson Manhattan Rye
Hudson Manhattan Rye

Many craft rye whiskeys are actually commercial ryes made in bulk and bottled under a craft label. True craft distillers often find it hard to make rye—the sticky grain is hard to distill. Hudson has always been a pioneer, and its rye is a great example of the genre. 
$48; caskstore.com

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George Dickel No. 12
George Dickel No. 12

There are only two widely distributed Tennessee whiskeys, one of which is the most consumed American whiskey in the world (Jack Daniel’s). Dickel is lesser known, but I like it better. It’s also an excellent value. 
$36.99; astorwines.com

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Elijah Craig 21
Elijah Craig 21

Long-aged bourbons are a gimmick: Most hit their sweet spot in less than 10 years. But the novelty is interesting. Elijah Craig 21 gives you a taste of the early 1990s, when it was distilled. The romance is compelling, even if the whiskey doesn’t end up as your all-time favorite. 
$174.99; astorwines.com

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Mellow Corn
Mellow Corn

Corn whiskey is an often-overlooked category. But it’s grassy, unusual, and very inexpensive. Craft distillers usually do a better job making it, but Mellow Corn is aged for up to four years, can be found anywhere, and has great packaging. 
$10.99; marketviewliquor.com

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