This interview first aired October 12, 2015. Master Sommelier Richard Betts has turned his attention from the complexities of wine to an equally complex beverage: whiskey. He's written " -- because, he says, smell and taste are so closely tied. Betts is a former wine director at the Little Nell in Aspen.
Betts tells Colorado Matters that spirits are a big business in Colorado, with around 70 distilleries in operation, most making whiskey. The market is growing -- 20 percent a year by some estimates.
Betts' top picks for reasonably priced whiskey:
Buffalo Trace - Sazerac Rye, straight rye whiskey.
Laphroaig - 10-year single malt Islay scotch
Edradour - 10-year single malt Highland scotch
Suntory - Hakushu 12-year single malt whiskey
Redbreast - 12-year single pot still Irish whiskey