Last Updated on June 28, 2022 by Lydia Martin
The world-famous “hot toddy” has gone through various variations over the years, from India’s “taddy” to the Irish Dr. Robert Bentley Todd’s “prescription” up to today’s many variations of concoctions. This hot whiskey drink is believed to effectively cure cold and flu symptoms using different liquors such as rum, brandy, bourbon, and whiskey.
But as the old adage says, “no one can beat the original.” If you want to stick to an old-style hot toddy, check out the best whiskey for a hot toddy you can try today.
Top 10 Whiskeys for Hot Toddy
10. Monkey Shoulder Malt Whiskey
The Monkey Shoulder (Original) has always been created for mixing since its launch in 2003. This malted spirit offers a mellow vanilla taste with spicy hints. Its vanilla, spiced oak, honey, and zesty orange aroma are perfect for hot toddy drinks.
You’ll love its fruity and malty character, bold enough to stand out in every drink it gets mixed to. This spirit with 43% ABV also offers a perfectly balanced flavor profile for mixed drinks.
9. Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whisky is an original triple blend Irish whiskey known for its gentle and smooth complexity. It offers grain whiskey with sweet flavors, pot still whiskey with the right amount of spice, and malt whiskey with fruity flavor.
Its triple blend complexity makes it perfect for a hot toddy, giving you a balanced and smooth drink to soothe your throat. You’ll definitely love its balance and depth from its 7-year triple cask maturation using ex-sherry butts and ex-bourbon barrels.
8. Canadian Club 100% Rye
The art of creating this great whiskey has been mastered for almost 60 years, making it perfect for rye cocktail recipes. When (cold or hot) water is added to this spirit with 40% ABV, it gives the palate a little bit of caramel taste.
7. Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey is a blended Irish whiskey that has been triple distilled to give you its signature smoothness. It becomes smoother and more well-balanced because it is matured in oak casks for a minimum of 4 years. You can partner this with hot toddies and lemon juice.
6. George Dickel Superior No. 12 Whisky
George Dickel Superior No. 12 is a 90-proof Tennessee whiskey blended with older whiskies to acquire a deep, assertive blend of flavors with an amazingly smooth finish. This bottle may be bold to some drinkers like bourbon, but it provides you a soothing feeling, your best bet for colds when used in making cocktails.
It is made from a corn-based mash with 84% corn, 8% malted barley, and 8% rye, giving the palate concentrated flavors of subtle vanilla and rick oak. Expect a long finish with hints of butter, smoke, and maple.
5. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black
The Famous Grouse Smoky Black variant has been blended expertly with a rare peated malt. Expect to experience a deliciously sweet yet smoky distilled spirit and some hints of soft smoky and dried fruity notes with this Famous Grouse drink.
4. Angel’s Envy Finished Rye
Angel’s Envy Finished Rye comes with a perfect rum cask finish that complements the savory taste of a hot cocktail. This bottle is aged in Caribbean rum casks for 18 months, achieving an intense, complex flavor.
Even at 100 proof, it provides a blend of raw, earthy, and spicy rye with a mellowed sweet taste and smooth finish.
3. The Sexton Whiskey Single Malt
The Sexton is an Irish Single-Malt whisky aged in sherry casks made from 100% malted barley. This bottle with pure malt flavor is also distilled in copper pot stills and aged in Oloroso sherry barrels for four years to achieve that unique, smooth finish.
Due to its uncomplicated, short oaky, and sugary brown finish, oak and brown sugar works best when mixed in a hot toddy.
2. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is a unique honey liqueur that provides hints of subtle honey and a naturally smooth finish. It is aged in American White Oak barrels covered in alligator char.
This sipping whiskey is made with real honey, blended with JD’s Old No. 7, giving a naturally sweet flavor. Like bourbon, its honeyed taste is perfect for hot water, grated ginger, lemon juice, or a lemon wedge for a hot toddy whiskey.
1. Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Bulleit Rye may not be the most popular Bulleit variant, but this 90-proof rye is one of the best whiskeys for a hot cocktail. It has the right amount of spice and complexity, perfect for soothing any sore throat or cold symptoms. It’s aged in new charred white oak barrels, giving it a smooth taste.
You’ll taste hints of spice, vanilla, and honey with rich oaky aromas with this bottle. You’ll experience its crisp, clean, and long lingering flavors when taken neat.
Some Factors To Consider
It’s wise to consider their prices because you might want to drink the best whiskeys whenever you feel tired. If you choose an expensive bottle, you might feel guilty about drinking it every night before retiring to sleep because you’ll think about its high price.
Considering whiskey with lower or higher proof is also beneficial when you want to have a hot cocktail that doesn’t give you a headache in the morning. When the spirit has a high alcohol content, you might find it difficult to adjust the drink’s taste.
Although hot toddies welcome almost every liquor, some drinkers prefer young Irish whiskeys. According to Sean Muldoon , an Irish-born chef, Irish whiskeys work best in hot whiskeys. Knowing different whiskey types may help you identify which ones have smooth or crisp finishes and tastes.
Is Scotch good for a hot toddy?
Yes, Scotch is good for a hot toddy, just like any other whiskeys. Some people claim that Scottish whiskeys (not bourbon) make a classic hot toddy, perfect for a rainy or cold night.
Is whiskey or bourbon better for a hot toddy?
It depends. This question doesn’t really give a definite answer because using any type of liquor in making a hot toddy or other cocktails is usually based on a personal preference. Hence, whether you use a Scotch whisky or a sweet wheat bourbon for your hot cocktail or black tea hot toddy is all up to you.
Finding the best whiskeys for hot toddies could be difficult, but it could be delightful. On our end, we particularly like Bulleit. We love its rich oaky aroma and the hints of vanilla and spice when we sip. You may opt to try different brands to find what suits your preferences. You can even try other spirits like rum, brandy, or bourbon.
We suggest considering the whiskey’s price, alcohol proof, and liquor type to make choosing easier.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.