Creamy and sweet (thanks to a mashbill that runs heavy on the corn), this whiskey’s salted pecan pie flavors mask some bright apple-y notes that come through only when you drop in an ice cube. It’s perfect for easy drinking on the back porch with a snack of cheese and crackers. Be wary though—at 90 proof, it packs a deceptive punch.
It might be from Massachusetts’s idyllic Berkshire county, but this bourbon can stand with the best of its Southern cousins. It’s hefty and dark, with a nutty, caramel finish that doesn’t quit. If you’re sitting around a campfire, trade straight swigs of this whiskey straight, but if you’re hanging out on the couch or having a leisurely drink out at a bar, try adding a giant cube. The chill enhances some gingery notes and dries out the thick maple flavor. The experience is less cozy flannel shirt and more light, breezy cardigan.
Sipped straight, this beast of a bourbon will knock a cold right out of you and clear up your sinuses. It’s fiery and spicy with roasted, salted almond notes and a lot of tasty oak. But add a cube, and you’ll tame this lion. The flavors are all still there, but now you can actually take a sip without beating your chest and blowing your nose.
Distilled in Indiana and cut with Rocky Mountain water in Denver, this rye-heavy whiskey is perfect for mixing into Manhattans. Served over ice, it’s extremely crisp and light and much more restrained than some of the other whiskeys on this list. Try it over a couple of cubes and breathe in that fresh, Rockies air.
Though it comes in at a daunting 101 proof, Wild Turkey’s rye is surprisingly easy to sip. It’s much more honeyed than other ryes, with some hints of herbs, which come out much more prominently when you add ice. Get ready for mint and thyme, backed with some spicy grains and cinnamon. This is the kind of whiskey you can drink all day and never get tired of.
It’s the go-to for so many and for good reason: Jameson on the rocks is practically apple juice, it’s so gosh darn chuggable. The whiskey’s natural honey flavors come forward, and the chill brings up some sneaky citrus notes. It’s beautifully balanced over ice—the only problem is holding back from drinking the whole thing before the ice even has a chance to melt.