Every year, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music concludes with Ardbeg Day, when the distillery celebrates with a specially curated release. This Highland single malt is pale gold and bright and fruity on the palate, with a sweet orange note. Average price: $195. Glenmorangie ‘The Quinta Ruban’ Port Cask Finish, 3. Tasters enjoyed its vanilla-extract-like finish. I.W. Average Price: $90. Average price: $35. Average Price: $29. Average Price: $20. It’s a small batch bourbon hailing from Kentucky and is both curiously strong and full of flavor. Something went wrong please contact us at email@example.com. Whoa.” One tasters also enjoyed a “cupcake frosting” note. Its finish is nutty and oaky. Named after one-time Buffalo Trace master distiller Elmer T. Lee, this is a rich, well-balanced single-barrel bourbon. Average Price: $20. Smoke grabs your palate’s attention and follows it up with a rum sweetness and notes of tropical fruits and vanilla. Any whisky fan worth their salt knows The Whisky Exchange, they sell pretty much every dram from across the globe. Average price: $185. No, it’s not entirely whiskey, but the Basil Hayden Caribbean Reserve Rye is none the less delicious. A blend of bourbon and, The Best Personalized Books for Kids Make Reading Even More Magical, The 5 Best Smartwatches for Kids Who Aren't Ready for a Phone, This First-Ever Integrated Car Seat Will Make Traveling With Your Baby So Much Easier, How to Buy the Perfect Baby Carrier, According to the Experts, 7 Devices That Will Make Your House Smarter and Safer at the Same Time. The Best Whisky Investments in 2019 ... As a rule, limited edition, high-end whisky from The Macallan are some of the best bottles one can invest in. When the pairing escapes the wood, the resulting whisky is righteous. It’s phenomenally balanced. Average price: $59. Its aroma and flavor profiles are dominated by oak, but poached fruits, honeysuckle, and cherry add refreshing diversity. The third installment of Freddie Noe’s passion project, Little Book Chapter 3 ‘The Road Home” is a melange of Knob Creek, Baker’s, Booker’s, and Basil Hayden’s, all at barrel strength and most with some extra aging. Average Price: $83. “I keep coming back for another sip,” they concluded. Average Price: $35. That small portion of rum goes a long way, giving the juice strong notes of burnt sugar and rum spice, that plays nicely with the rye’s vanilla and oak. Average Price: $45. In November of last year, it was a Macallan that broke the record for most expensive whisky ever sold at auction – the 60 year old from 1926 bottle, hand-painted by Michael Dillon, sold for £1.2 million in London. This attractive, “red wine and amber” port-cask-finished Scotch is peaty and full-bodied, with apple and citrus flavors followed by a “hot chile” finish. Tasters found this Speyside single malt “earthy” and “toasted” on the nose, with notes of “dried leaves” and “maple sap.” Savory toasted oak and grain flavors accompany “a nice body,” finishing with a “scorched barrel” note. Despite surviving that difficult period, the distillery fell out of popularity in the ‘90s and ceased operations for two decades. We surveyed the landscape to help you make informed purchasing decisions. It’s thick in the mouth with stellar notes of chocolate, cherry, dates and coffee that play off a deep spice tobacco. The result is a mouthwatering glass of hooch. For the love of peat, this smokey treat was made using barley from one field on one Islay farm. This 15-year-old Scotch is golden and a touch oily in texture, with coconut and raisin aromas. VinePair tasted and ranked 25 of the best bottles for 2019 at every budget. Credited as the first producer of modern, single-barrel bourbon, it would be a shame not to mention Blanton’s in this roundup — especially given the quality of this release. The fourth installment of the Wild Turkey’s Master’s Keep series is a high-end bottle for serious rye fans. It’s one of the finest bourbons money can buy for less than $100. Laphroaig Càirdeas Triple Wood Original Cask Strength, 1. In 2019 Heaven Hill announced this slightly older bottle would replace the beloved 6-year-old BIB. Others tasted “marzipan” and “vanilla cake with homemade icing.” “It has a noticeable kick to it,” a panelist added. This well-balanced, small-batch iteration has dried fruits and tobacco spice on the nose, followed by a silky smooth caramel palate. The finish is long and dry with honeyed corn notes, and additional caramel and oak. Caramel and vanilla dominate from nose to finish, and though there’s little more in the way of complexity, the bottle more than makes up for it with its affordability. Give us a little more information and we'll give you a lot more relevant content, Oops! Maker’s Mark stands out with its iconic, wax-coated bottle. But don’t let that put you off — the alcohol is well incorporated, and provides a lasting and intense finish. Thoughtful, and not for the faint of heart. The botanical nose on this whisky reminded one panelist “almost of gin.” It’s light and spicy, “really drinkable,” with easy-drinking honey and pepper notes. It’s a thick luxurious mouthful with sumptuous notes of vanilla, apple, honey, pepper and oak with a sweet, spicy finish sits there until the next sip. Oops! Average price: $112. This year, Glenmorangie updated its venerable Quinta Ruban expression. Average Price: $48. Sweet and warm, with vanilla, chocolate, oak, and “freshly baked bread” aromas, this bourbon-barrel-aged Scotch was a crowd favorite. Harper was one of just 10 distilleries granted permission to make medicinal bourbon during Prohibition. It’s back now, and we’re thankful because this bottle is one of our favorite sweet, corn-rich bourbons. Average price: $43. Average Price: $35. “Scotland is home to over 120 malt and grain distilleries, making it the greatest concentration of whisky production in the world,” according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Aging in a combination of ex-bourbon and French wine barrels gives it a luscious, buttery and savory notes as well as a hints of tree fruits, tea, heather, and a whiff of sea salt. One of our favorite malt whisky makers, GlenDronach recently dropped their annual cask strength release, Batch 8 and it’s sublime. Tasters enjoyed its light body, minimal burn, and peppery finish. Average Price: $90. © 2014 - 2020 VinePair Inc. — Made In NYC, Next Round Live: What's Happening in the Drinks Industry Now, 6. Supple vanilla rolls around the palate, while caramel and touch of salt play off the peppery rye spice. “Excellent balance,” one panelist added. The “101” refers to the bourbon’s proof, meaning it’s 50.5 percent ABV. Raisiny, fig-like flavors on the finish bring it home. Some juice does a 10 year stint in Pedro Ximénez, while some does its bit Oloroso sherry casks. The extended period in oak adds warm, spiced notes and a smoky, leathery character. Whether you’re taking your first steps into Kentucky bourbon, or you’re a brown spirit aficionado who wants to try something new or get the most for your money, we’ve compiled this guide. Notes of candied orange, honey, raisins and juicy pears make it a sweet but not cloying dram. It’s a beautifully layered dram, with buttery vanilla, bright pear, and white grape notes, perfect for a celebratory toast. Panelists found both whiskies approachable and easy to drink. This new rye from Old Forester is, at $26, an remarkable value, whether you’re sipping or mixing drinks. All age for 12 years in oak, adding concentrated vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch flavors, and a spiced, black pepper finish. Please contact. Knob Creek takes its name from the small water source that allegedly ran through President Abraham Lincoln’s family farm. Henry McKenna’s 10-year-old Single Barrel whiskey is the longest-aged bottled-in-bond bourbon. ↓ It has all of bourbon’s usual oak notes, with added cigar box and mint aromas, and candied orange flavor. Average price: $60. Brown sugar and Maraschino cherry aromas are followed by warm baking spice flavors and a kick of peppery heat on the finish. Those additional 730 days give the whisky added complexity and deeper, distinct notes of orange, chocolate and apple that compliment the juicy berry and rich nuttiness imparted by the the port finish. Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Years, 3. Bottled in bond at 50 percent ABV, the Single Barrel release is refined, complex, and full of character. As its name suggests, every one of the 750 milliliters that make up each bottle is sourced from a single barrel, adding history and a unique flavor profile. By Nicholas McClelland. Every year, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music concludes with Ardbeg Day, when the distillery celebrates with a specially curated release. The descendant of two U.S. Presidents, James Madison and Zachary Taylor, the Colonel’s contributions to the industry include introducing copper fermentation tanks, column stills, modernized buildings, and a more efficient sour mash technique. Light, approachable, and complex, this single malt finished in Madeira casks has a warm vanilla aroma. “The palate is completely different,” a panelist pointed out, adding, “It delays, then comes in with a little bit of smokiness at the end. VinePair tasted more than 50 Scotch whiskies over three separate sittings to determine the best brands for every budget. KOVAL mixes things up for its Single Barrel bourbon. For the 10th installment of their Private Edition series, Glenmorangie distilled their spirit from a local barley and a wild yeast that grows naturally on the grains. The bourbon is caramel- and vanilla-heavy, with subtle hints of orchard fruits. Despite the fact that Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 (named after a local Islay beach) is a new addition to the brand’s core range, it’s a staggeringly hard bottle to find at your local shop, since it will also be an annual release. Vanilla and wood lead your mouth to a a touch of brown sugar and a nice dose of spice. For those less familiar with the style, however, choosing which bourbon to buy can be confusing. A collaboration between Fred Noe, master distiller for Jim Beam, and Shine Fukuyo, chief blender for Suntory, Legent uses a mix of bourbons finished in wine and sherry casks as well as a portion of traditional Kentucky straight bourbon, giving the juice beautiful notes of caramel, vanilla and char plus dried fruit, spice and long shimmering finish.