The 15 Coolest Things Coming To Us Cities In 2017

Portland, Oregon

A city of tastes finally rolls out its single-malt whiskey.


When the craft spirits craze began in the early 2010s, recipes were crafted that would need time to age. As such, you can say that Portland’s Bull Run Distillery has been biding its time. This year, at long last, it will uncork Bull Run Cask-Strength Single Malt Whiskey, a long-awaited spirit in maybe the only city in America where a craft spirit can be universally «long-awaited.» This all-Oregon malted barley whiskey is aged in charred brandy oak barrels from Oregon’s wine country and aged four years (plus 11 months). The flavor is a rich, caramel-vanilla smoky flavor, that finishes with a strong fruitiness from the brandy barrel aging.

That newborn dram is just the latest new taste in a city of taste experiments. What to pair with it? Well, this year 10 spectacular new restaurants will open in Portland in just the first quarter. Among them: Top Chef Masters winner Chris Consentino’s new Jack Rabbit, Top Chef finalist Doug Adams’ new restaurant Bullard, and Momofuku alum Johnny Leach’s Chalino.

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