I make whisky rocks. Have done for 10 years now. Cocktail bitters, too. Oh, and lube. Yeah. My interests are varied. 😉
That gets me access to the Ottawa Whisky Show as a vendor, and I've tried a lot of different drinks there. I've been a vendor every year they've held the show and I'm a good friend of the organizers. We get some pretty interesting stuff that doesn't get out much.
Rye, bourbon, whisky, etc. I have a lot of favourites, but I'd have to say that my number one right now is an old bottle of Isle of Jura: Superstition. I have a super-taster palate, and the smoky stuff usually makes me cough uncontrollably. I like it, but it isn't the experience I'm after.
I've tried some stuff like Pappy Van Winkle, and while interesting, I can't justify the prices.
Stalk & Barrel are doing some interesting things, and Last Straw Distillery was at the booth next to me last year. I really enjoyed their corn whisky. Both of those are outside Toronto.
If you haven't tried any of the Japanese whiskies yet, do yourself a favour and pick one up.
Here's an example of some of the bottles I picked up after a show to make lamps with.