Old Grand-Dad 114 proof
“My daily drink, and what I use at the bar, is the Old Grand-Dad 114 Proof, 6-year-old high rye bourbon [note: high rye means the bourbon has a lot of rye in its mash which lends it a “hotter” flavor]. It’s hot, but with a lovely mouthfeel. It’s good just with some big ice, and stands up in cocktails.
-Justin Simko, Husk (Charleston, SC)
Teeling Single Grain
“I try to give customers something unique, something they haven’t had. Teeling is a new distillery -- it just opened in the heart of Dublin [in 2015], in the Liberty, where all the whiskey used to be made. They’ve got a lot different whiskies out, but this is the one that I’m having a lot of success with: Our Irish whiskey drinkers have been repeatedly ordering it because of its unique flavor, and bartenders love it. There’s a lot of strong spice from the grain, but it’s aged in California wine barrels, which add florals and red apples and other fruits flavors."
-Anton Quin, Mac McGee's (Decatur, GA)