Taster's Club Top 10 Best Whiskey Bottles
Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023
If you’re a whiskey fan, you know there are several amazing whiskey types – from bourbon and rye to Irish whiskey, Scotch, and beyond – that span endless brands and bottles. So, it can be pretty tough for even the most seasoned aficionados to choose a new bottle when the mood strikes. If you’re feeling that and are looking for the best picks to stock your home bar or impress your friends and family, good news, you’ve come to the right place. There are so many options out there, but we’ve rounded up our list of favorites. Take a look at these top 10 best whiskey bottles that can help you decide.
1. Green Spot
This is a non-age statement Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey consisting of pot still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years. Green Spot’s whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.
2. Talisker 10 Year Old
Talisker’s 91.6 proof, 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is intense and full-bodied, with a strong smoke, barley-malt taste, and rich, dried-fruit sweetness. Distilled by the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, centuries of local distilling tradition and the rugged environment are what make this whisky so unique. It earned a double gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 94 points at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
3. Glenfiddich 21 Year Gran Reserva
Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky is an exquisite, traditional Speyside whisky aged for 21 years. The maker’s innovative rum cask finish adds extra sweet and exotic notes, creating a rich, decadent, and luxurious single malt.
4. Uncle Nearest 1856
Uncle Nearest 1856 is a blend of premium-aged whiskey. It has a caramel color with a beautiful deep golden hue. On the nose, you’ll get baled hay and pumpkin seeds with subtle notes of ripe stone fruit and caramel corn. It’s bold and spicy upfront, then mellows with sweet caramel and maple, like biting into an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish is long and rich. It lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate with notes of vanilla after the spice dissipates.
5. Henry McKenna Single Barrel
This high-proof, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon was named for Henry McKenna, the Irish immigrant who adapted his family's whiskey recipe to work with the grains he found in Kentucky. Henry McKenna is one of the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys available today, resting in the barrel through 40 Kentucky seasons. Critics agree that this is a perfectly balanced Bourbon.
6. Pikesville Straight Rye
First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, Pikesville Rye, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by Prohibition. The brand reemerged after Prohibition and became the last-standing Maryland Rye, as the rest of the industry's production had ceased. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, Heaven Hill Distillery keeps this historic Maryland mark alive.
7. Hakushu 12 Years Old
Straight from the untouched forests, mountains, and pure waters of the Southern Japanese Alps, it’s no wonder that Hakushu is a green and fresh whisky, praised by the most curious whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy. Its crisp and vibrant feel, unique in a single malt, enlivens and liberates your senses.
8. Starward Nova Single Malt Australian Whisky
This signature single malt whisky has received several global awards, but the real gold is in the bottle. It was the Gold medal winner at San Francisco World Spirits Awards 2020 and 2019 and received 92 points from Wine Enthusiast and 91 points from Wine Advocate and Whisky Cast.
9. Redemption High Rye Bourbon
At 36% rye content, this bold high rye is significantly higher than comparable bourbons, resulting in a unique combination of flavors: subtly sweet but punctuated by rich notes of rye spice.
10. Aberlour A'bunadh Scotch Whisky
Meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, A’bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming. A’bunadh is a whisky handmade from start to finish with each batch created to ensure a rich and complex flavor of moist raisin and homemade fruit cake. It’s bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, sherried whisky.
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