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The Top 25 Whiskies of the Year!
December 20, 2018

The Top 25 Whiskies of the Year!

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#25 - Egan's Fortitude Single Malt Irish

Wally's Price $40
90 Points – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019
Aged for a minimum of 10 Years in American oak, this Single Malt Irish Whiskey is non chill-filtered to retain the unique characteristics of the carefully selected casks, which produces a delicate nose of apples and spices with a malty and creamy palate. Shop Now

#24 - Naked Grouse Blended Malt

Wally's price $17
Bronze award in the Blended Scotch category
at the 2014 International Wine & Spirits competition
This blended malt is aged in first-fill sherry casks, has notes of cherry compote, custard and peach on the nose, along with flavors of sticky toffee pudding, raspberry jam, and crème caramel, and topped with a medium finish highlighted by notes of cocoa and oak. Shop Now

This blended malt is aged in first-fill sherry casks, has notes of cherry compote, custard and peach on the nose, along with flavors of sticky toffee pudding, raspberry jam, and crème caramel, and topped with a medium finish highlighted by notes of cocoa and oak. Shop Now

#23 - Iwai Wine Cask Japanese Whiskey


Wally's Price $80
This limited-release blended whisky has a rich gold color that radiates of red grapes and freshly baked bread on the nose, and offers red berries, pepper, and earthy vanilla on the palate. Shop Now

#22 - Chivas Mizunara Oak Blended Malt

Wally's price $50
Inspired by Master Distiller Colin Scott’s travels to Japan, this blended scotch carries white peach, pears, and vanilla cream on the nose, with a floral palate composed of baking spices, hazelnut, and a fruity finish. Shop Now

#21 - Chivas Regal Mizunara Oak Blended Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $50
2018 Silver Medal - New York International Spirits Competition
2018 Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal Rating: 5 stars/5 stars
With tastes of caramel corn, butterscotch and licorice, and an aftertaste that has a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco, this distinctive bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that will impress for years to come. Shop Now

#20 - Compass Box Flaming Heart 20th Anniversary


Wally's price $150
Winner – Scotch Vatted malt of the year – 2017, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
In this 2018 edition, we have reintroduced a subtle sherry-cask influence that adds an additional layer of complexity and richness: a medium smoky-peaty base is enriched by a sweet maltiness and notes of baking spices and dried fruit, it’s a whisky to enjoy late into the night, perfect served neat or paired with rich cheeses. Shop Now

#19 - Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Irish Whiskey

Wally's Price $175
It is comprised of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys aged in a collection of bourbon and sherry casks at the Midleton Distillery in Cork for 18 years. The whiskeys are married and recasked into first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels for an additional six to twelve months in the maturation house at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Dublin, which produce a Classic Jameson with an extra powerful presence. Shop Now

#18 - Willet 4 Year Rye Whiskey

Wally's price $65
This cask strength rye is nothing short of remarkable: aromas of spice and vanilla, with a full body of classic peppery rye note with sweet bourbon-esque highlights. Shop Now

#17 - Balvenie 14 Year Peat Week Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $120
Speyside, Scotland- One week each yeah the distillery shuts down to use the malt floors to produce a peated Balvenie. This has happened for each of the last 14 years, resulting in this 14-year-old bottled 2002 vintage peated whisky matured exclusively in American oak that offers velvety taste with woody peat smoke balanced by oaky vanilla and honey. Shop Now

#16 - Jeffersons Old Rum Cask Bourbon Whiskey

Wally's price $95
Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish is a bourbon with a deep caramel color and maple and banana flavors that shine in the finish. There is also a hint of spice from the rum that helps balance out the overall flavor profile. Shop Now

#15 - Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $40
San Francisco World Spirits Competition | 2018 | Gold Medal
Ultimate Spirits Challenge | 2018 | 93/100 Great Value Award
International Spirits Challenge | 2018 | Silver Medal
Beverage Testing Institute | 2017 | Silver
Magnus bears the soul of Vikings by crafting this whisky with the Viking’s historic distilling and aging tradition: matured in Sherry seasoned American oak casks, it delivers delivers notes of sweet vanilla, overlaid with distinctive aromatic smokiness. Shop Now

#14 - Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Whisky

Wally's price $80
Named 2017 Whisky of The Year by Whisky Advocate
Bourbon in its purest and intended form: uncut, straight from the barrel, and without chill filtering. Each bottle is hand labeled with its unique proof and batch number, but the tasting is consistent: caramel with toasted oak, apple and orange on the nose with rich vanilla, caramel, and black pepper on the palate. Shop Now

#13 - Ardbeg Grooves Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $120
Released in honor of Ardbeg Day 2018, this single malt was matured in well-charred red wine casks, and offers aromas of smoked spices with distant bonfires fading into a mellow haze of apple and smoked pear. Shop Now

#12 - Deanston 9 Year Bordeaux Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price $75
Matured in Bordeaux red wine casks, this single malt exhibits aromas of honey, caramel, and unusual and delicious red fruit, with toffee and honey on the palate, followed by a long and sweet finish. Shop Now

#11 - Port Charlotte 10 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (100 Proof)

Wally's Price $75
Awarded: Double Gold at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Port Charlotte's rich and smoky whisky is heavily peated to 40ppm, resulting in a single malt that big and peaty with a maritime tang. Shop Now

#10 - Benriach Cask Strength Batch 2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (121.8 Proof)

Wally's price $100
A combination of bourbon, sherry and virgin oak casks create a richly spicy dram draped with fresh and dried fruit. At cask strength, you can explore every layer of the malt, and choose whether or not to add water to taste. Regardless, you’ll be impressed. Shop Now

#9 - Arran 10 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Wally's Price $130
Produced from un-peated malted barley, this whisky is au naturale: it hasn’t been artificially colored and has not been chill-filtered, so it preserves its aromas of florals and marzipan, with a full body of fruit spices, vanilla, marmalade, and a licorice finish. Shop Now

#8 - Glenrothes Masters Cut Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price $100
Matured only in first fill sherry seasoned oak casks, bottled at natural color at a strength selected by Glenrothes’ Master Whisky Maker. Creamy vanilla, orange peel and nutmeg character. Shop Now

#7 - Highland Park 17 Year Dark Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $300
San Francisco World Spirits Competition | 2018 | Double Gold Medal Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch
Ultimate Spirits Challenge | 2018 | 96/100 Finalist
A limited edition bottling, The Dark is matured in sherry casks, generating aromas of dried fruits, nuts, and herbs that move into the palate, where they are elevated by smoky peat. Shop Now

#6 - Knob Creek Wally's Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (115 Proof)

Wally's price $59
Distinctive from the familiar Knob creek, this rye is rich with spice, ginger, candied notes, and citrus, that makes it exciting, full-bodied, and a perfect companion for every night. Shop Now

#5 - Boutiquey Whisky Company 50 Year Blended Scotch Whisky 375mL

Wally's Price $225
Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
Master - The Scotch Whisky Masters 2017 (The Spirits Business)
Gold- International Spirits Challenge 2017
The Boutique-y Whisky is more than just an unusual name: it’s 50-year-old blended malt is decadent, and coats the palate with black cherry and tobacco, followed by a velvety chocolate Black Forest Gâteau finish. Shop Now

#4 - Benriach 11 Year Wally's Cask Strength Moscatel Single Malt Scotch Whiskey



Wally's price $120

A Wally's Exclusive! Shop Now

#3 - 1986 Bruichladdich 30 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (98.4 proof)

Wally's Price $1,000
This sublime edition of Bruichladdich 30 Year Old is called the 'Magnificent Seven' because it has been created from the very last seven casks of the distillery's 1986 whisky – and yes, this makes it limited edition. Aged in oloroso sherry casks, then in 2012 it was transferred to Pedro Ximenez butts from Bodega Fernando de Castilla, the resulting whisky is a supercharged sherry bomb that has abundant notes of dried fruit, Christmas cake and tobacco. Shop Now

#2 - Whistle Pig Boss Hog Spirit of Mauve 5th Edition Rye Whiskey

Wally's price $500
This rye is finished in Calvados Casks in honor of the brand’s celebrity peg pig, Mauve’s love of apples, which makes this Whistle Pig truly phenomenal with its masterful balance of sweet and spice and American and French flavors. Shop Now

#1 - Great King Street Wally's Barrel Glasgow Blended Scotch Whisky

Wally's Price $60
Award: Silver Outstanding – in the blended Scotch Category at the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
91 – Wine Enthusiast
This Glasgow blend has been a hallmark at Wally’s for several years now, and for good reason: it’s rich, full-bodied and complex: smoked sea salt, nuts, and marshmallow on the nose, and smoke, honey, fruits, caramel, and vanilla on the palate with a long, smoky and fruity finish. Shop Now



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