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The Top 20 Whiskies of the Year!
December 9, 2019

The Top 20 Whiskies of the Year!


20. Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whiskey

Wally's price: $50

A blend of corn, rye, wheat and barley and bottled at 44.4% ABV this pours a golden/amber color. On the nose look for notes of honey, toffee, dried flowers, and bubble-gum; the palate is rich and full with a smooth/viscous mouthfeel and flavors of sweet floral and stone fruit followed by a medium-length spicy finish. - Producer Notes

19. English Whiskey Peated Rum Cask Single Malt

Wally's price: $175

Released by the English Whisky Co., this is an English peated single malt whisky, rich in smoke and white pepper notes. This develops notes of lemon drizzle cake, vanilla and tropical fruit on the palate. - Producer Notes

18. Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 12 year Cask Strength Sherry Cask

Wally's price: $90

A single cask of Glenrothes done at cask strength with heavy sherry influence. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

17. Kilkerran Heavily Peated Single Malt

Wally's price: $90

This cask strength bottling exhibits rich honeyed fruit with an oily texture and moderate smoke. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

16. George Dickel Bottled in Bond Whiskey

Wally's price: $50

Distilled in 2005 this 13 year bottled in bond Tennessee Whiskey displays dried apricot with a toasted vanilla oak spice. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

15. Dewars 27 year Blended Malt

Wally's Price: $100

Finished in ex-Palo Cortado Sherry Casks, this whisky has a great balance and complexity. The nose has notes of peach nectar, apricots, dried rose petals, muted spices, and a hint of honey. The taste is luscious, thick, and rich with a citrusy tartness, spicy notes of white pepper and cardamom, honey, vanilla, and a hint of dried flowers in the background. - Producer Notes

14. Balcones Cask Strength French Oak Single Malt

Wally's price: $90

Made from classic ingredients and matured in French oak casks, it blends the sophistication of Old World traditions with the boldness of Texas whisky. The French oak casks highlight delicate aromas of stone fruit, clove and thyme. - Producer Notes

13. Westland Single Cask #2480 Single Malt

Wally's price: $125

A single cask of Pedro Ximenez Single Malt Whisky bottled at Cask Strength showing dark fruit and honey. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

12. Aberlour 19 year Cask Strength Sherry Single Malt

Wally's price: $300

This Aberlour 19 Year Old Sherry Cask is a single cask offering that was matured in a first fill sherry butt for 19 years. It’s a sweet and fruity Speyside dram. - Producer Notes

11. Boutiquey Whisky Company Islay #2 25 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $225

There is an underlying sweet fruitiness on the nose; oranges and pink grapefruit are masked by waves of earthy peat smoke. There's coke too, like ash from a blacksmith's forge. The smoke is mellow, and it's sweet toffee and licorice that lead followed by an oily maritime feel with a salty tang. The finish is oily with salty licorice, and a sweet smoke that lingers, and lingers, and lingers... did they mention it lingers? - Producer Notes

10. 2005 Balblair Single Cask Single Malt

Wally's price: $90

A 13 year cask strength single bourbon cask from Balblair. The dried cereal and oats gives way to honeyed floral notes on this subtle yet powerful whisky. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

9. Longrow 14 year Sherry Cask Single Malt

Wally's price: $140

From the Longrow range produced by Springbank comes a 14 year old, heavily peated single malt which has been fully matured in refill Oloroso sherry casks! Expect a full-bodied though well-balanced flavour profile from this one. A release of 9,000 bottles. - Producer Notes

8. Port Charlotte 2010 MRC Single Malt

Wally's price: $125

Released as part of the Port Charlotte Cask Exploration series, this heavily peated Islay single malt Scotch whisky has been produced from 100% Scottish barley, peated to 40 ppm... Port Charlotte MRC: 01, a 2010 vintage, matured in first fill American whiskey casks and second fill French wine casks. Vatted and aged for a further year in French oak casks from the Bordeaux left bank. - Producer Notes

7. Woodinville Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon

Wally's price: $75

From up in Washington comes this new distillery that finally has fully mature whisky coming into the market. This single cask bourbon bottled at cask strength delivers bright fruit with a delicate woody spice. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

6. Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

Wally's price: $68

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey uses the classic Wild Turkey mashbill (75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley) and is matured in heavy "alligator" char new American oak barrels before being hand-selected by Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. Each honey barrel is then bottled at a hearty 110 proof, and the whiskey avoids chill-filtration in order to preserve maximum flavor. - Producer Notes

5. Hillrock Sauternes Cask Strength Bourbon

Wally's Price: $150

A special single cask of Hillrock bourbon that was finished in a premier cru Sauternes cask at natural strength. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

4. Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 year Single Malt

Wally's price: $350

An exclusive expression that’s been matured for 23 years and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée casks, the new offering fuses together the finest flavors from Scotland and France to create a true taste of luxury made to be enjoyed with others. - Producer Notes

3. 1994 Bruichladdich Black Art 7 Single Malt

Wally's price: $425

Black Art 7.1: the casks that were selected for this vintage single malt whisky from 1994 were matured for 25 years. It was the year when Bruichladdich was closed, so this whisky is a witness of the last months the distillery’s production before it was mothballed and waited for its revival in 2001. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

2. Teeling Single Chestnut Cask Single Malt

Wally's price: $110

Beginning as a single malt whiskey, originally matured in former bourbon barrels, the new Single Cask is finished in chestnut casks, resulting in an unusual and complex flavor profile featuring a distinctive chestnut influence. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

1. Highland Park 13 year Single Cask #3609

Wally's price: $200

A special single cask offering from Highland Park to California. A 13 year refill sherry cask bottled at 62.1%ABV provides a powerful sherry presence with a whisper of smoke to complete this wonderful malt. - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer

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