The Best Whisky of the Year Is Just $60

Tasting notes: leathery oak, caramel and affordable as heck

By Kirk Miller

 
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20 November 2017

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to sip on some brown spirits.

With that in mind, Whisky Advocate just released its list of the “Top 20 Most exciting Whiskies of the Year.”

The winner? Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517. Scoring a 94/100, Elijah Craig’s spirit is, to quote Whiskey Advocate, “to taste bourbon at its apex, so dangerously close to going over the crest of the hill, yet delivering a massive mouthful of incredibly robust flavors that drape leathery oak over a gooey caramel core, sprinkled with baking spice, while candied nuts and tobacco leaf notes appear on a drying finish dusted with cocoa.”

And you can find it for about $60. Call us excited.

The top five, which includes another bourbon, two Scotches and an Indian single malt, is below. The larger list also includes a wine barrel-finished Canadian whisky and a Japanese rice whisky

  1. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517
  2. Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release
  3. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades
  4. Lagavulin 12 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2017)
  5. Rampur Select

You can check out the full list, along with details, here

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