Let’s put to rest the myth that summertime is exclusively for frozen drinks and chilled rosé. Seasonal drinking is fun—that first daiquiri or mojito after Memorial Day can be seen as a reward for having survived another winter. But if it comes at the expense of the delicious whiskeys you enjoy the rest of the year, it’s not a reward. It’s punishment.
So lighten up on yourself a bit. Mix it up a little. Put down the chilled Riesling and the mai tai, and pick up a rocks glass or a snifter filled with something amber and delicious. Here are five of our favorite recently released whiskeys, many of them limited editions that may not be seen on store shelves come fall. The time to act is now.