Still Shopping? How about some (actually rare) whiskey?

Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2023 Irish Whiskey, usually $360 per bottle, sale price $300 per bottle!

“Each year, it is a privilege and an honor to pour through the samples of exceptional liquids stored in the Midleton warehouses to create the next pinnacle of luxury Irish whiskey. The 2023 vintage is no different… Finding the perfect blend of single pot still and single grain whiskeys for this year is a testament to those who have gone before me, while the presentation of the liquid in recyclable packaging is a step towards the future for this historic brand.” Kevin O'Gorman, Master Distiller

Found North 18-year-Old Cask Strength Canadian Whiskey, Batch 8, usually $175 per bottle, sale price $150 per bottle!

The latest cask-strength release from Found North, this well-aged whisky features components between 18 and 26 years old aged in Madeira, new American, ex-bourbon and Hungarian oak barrels. The final mashbill of this blended whisky is 87% corn, 12% rye and 1% malted barley.

Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, usually $200 per bottle, sale price $170 per bottle!

Racier than the Small Batch but still firmly represented on the ranch, Balmorhea sees Garrison Brothers taking a more alcohol-driven yet sweeter approach to the house style. It remains boldly spicy with cloves and allspice notes offering an aggressive punch, but the whiskey tempers some of the rye-driven grass and woody barrel influence with welcome elements of mint and basil. The palate feels quite similar, both burly and spicy, with a candied ginger quality emerging with time in glass. Punchy with cloves and dark espresso notes, the whisky finds a sherried, almost Maderized quality after it’s spent a half hour or so in glass, culminating in a finish that mixes together dates, raisins, and walnuts.

Why is bourbon a good choice? It goes way beyond the delicious smoky flavor. Unlike scotch and other whiskeys, which often come with caramel coloring, bourbon is typically free of additives (via The Whiskey Wash). And, in particular, when you buy a bottle labeled "straight," it will be in its purest form. And while the additives don't affect taste, they aren't exactly good for you. Basically, they are the same chemicals they add to colas for color, and they may put you at a greater risk for cancer, per Nutrition Action.

More good health news for bourbon drinkers: It, like all whiskeys, can help your skin and hair. Plus, the beverage is a lower-calorie alternative to beer — having 97 calories in one serving, compared to 150 to 200 in a bottle of beer (via Bicycling). What's more, enjoying six servings a week may reduce your risk of dementia, per a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The longevity boost doesn't end there. Multiple studies showed a moderate amount of whiskey (no more than seven servings a week) lowers your risk of heart disease and heart failure, according to Forbes. Finally, thanks to the whiskey's high levels of ellagic acid, an antioxidant that neutralizes dangerous, free-radical molecules, it can help you avoid cancer (via Medical Daily).

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