Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Best Luxury Whiskies You Can Actually Buy


Read the article here -  Whisky Advocate

Glenmorangie Signet—94 points, $220
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The brand claims this release uses a unique malt as well as bespoke American oak “designer casks.” Whatever that means, this is a very viscous, oily whisky, though surprisingly delicate. Floral and citrusy on the nose, the palate has more mocha flavors, with notes of leather and tobacco. A hint of fruity esters makes this a single malt that rum fans will enjoy.

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 5—92 points, $400
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This is an intriguing marriage of both bourbon and sherry casks mingled for 3 months in the distillery’s bespoke marrying vessel. This single malt presents a spicy, almost gingery nose. The palate is sweeter with a heavy sherry influence, and noticeable dark fruits. The finish is long and tannic, with hints of raisins and licorice.

The Macallan 18 year old Sherry Oak (2017 Edition)—92 points, $294

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It would be negligent to talk luxury whisky without mentioning Macallan, which offers this annual release. It has a leathery nose with notes of cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits. The full-bodied palate has strong flavors of citrus, dark chocolate, espresso, and just a little smoke. The finish is long and peppery. Macallan comes by its reputation honestly.

Kavalan Vinho Barrique—92 points, $160  - Sold Out
Though Kavalan doesn’t get the attention of its Japanese brethren, if you have the money to spend, you can often find its top-level bottlings at retail. This cask-strength offering is tropical on the nose, with hints of kiwi and apricot. The palate leans more toward berries, chocolate, and espresso, with just a hint of citrus. It has a long, warming finish befitting the proof of 51.7% ABV.

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival—92 points,  SOLD OUT
Unlike the limited editions from Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and other Kentucky distilleries, Wild Turkey’s special-edition releases can often be found on shelves. Take advantage—they are worth the price. After Master’s Keep Decades earned the number-3 spot in the 2017 Top 20, the distillery released this bottle that combines bourbons aged 12-15 years that were finished in sherry casks. The result is a scotch-esque bourbon, with the aroma of a dessert bakery on the nose: coffee cake, blueberry muffins, and bread pudding. The body is likewise sweet and driven by dark fruits, though balanced by spicy notes and oak.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare—91 points, $400
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Though Ghost and Rare is a limited-edition series for Johnnie Walker Blue, the price tends to keep this blend—which includes whiskies from shuttered distilleries, including Brora, Pittyvaich, and Cambus—on shelves. Though only 46% ABV, it drinks a bit bolder, offering a luscious mouthfeel. The nose is sweet and citrusy, with more smoke than you might expect. The palate offers notes of caramel apple, dried fruits, and baking spices, leading into a long finish.

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