40 Great Whiskies
40 Great Whiskies
As defined in Whiskey Mag, Issue 30... the top 75 tasters concluded the following
Japanese Whiskies
Hibiki 21 Years Old 43%
Nikka Yoichi 10 Years old Single Cask 59.9%
Yamazaki Burbon Cask 191, 60%
Karuizawa 17 years Old, 40%
Irish Whiskeys
Green Spot, 40%
Redbreast 12 Years Old, 40%
Bushmills 16 Years Old, 40%
Connemara, 40%
Blended Scotch Whiskies
Cutty Sark Aged 25 Years, 45.7%
Campbeltown Loch 25 years, 40%
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old, 40%
Royal Salute 21 Years Old, 40%
Black Bottle 10 Yeards Old, 40%
Jonnie Walker Blue Label, 40%
The Bailie Nicol Jarvie, 40%
Speyside malts
Glenfiddich Rare 40 Years Old, 43.6%
The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1970, 44.6%
The Macallan Gran Reserva, 40%
The Glenlivet 18 Years OLd, 43%
Cragganmore 12 years old, 40%
Signatory Glen Grant 1976, 58.2%
Midland Malts
Balblair 33 years Old, 45%
Glenmorangie 1981 Sauternes Finish, 43%
Glengoyne 17 years old, 43%
Glen Garioch 10 years old, 40%
Auchentoshan 10 years old, 40 %
Rye Whiskeys
Sazerac Rye 18 Years Old, 45%
Van Winkle Family Reserve, 47.8%
Old Potrero Straight Rye, 62.1%
Bourbons
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, 45.2%
Elijah Craig 12 Years Old, 47 %
BLanton's 49.5%
Booker's 63.2%
Maker's Mark 45%
Island Malts
Highland Park 18 Years Old, 43%
Talisker 1975, 59.9%
Ardbeg 1977, 46%
Port Ellen 1978, 60.5%
Bruichladdich 20 years old, 46%
Now its time to bring out the prices...
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Japanese Whiskies
Hibiki 21 Years Old 43%
Nikka Yoichi 10 Years old Single Cask 59.9%
Yamazaki Burbon Cask 191, 60%
Karuizawa 17 years Old, 40%
Irish Whiskeys
Green Spot, 40%
Redbreast 12 Years Old, 40%
Bushmills 16 Years Old, 40%
Connemara, 40%
Blended Scotch Whiskies
Cutty Sark Aged 25 Years, 45.7%
Campbeltown Loch 25 years, 40%
Chivas Regal 18 Years Old, 40%
Royal Salute 21 Years Old, 40%
Black Bottle 10 Yeards Old, 40%
Jonnie Walker Blue Label, 40%
The Bailie Nicol Jarvie, 40%
Speyside malts
Glenfiddich Rare 40 Years Old, 43.6%
The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1970, 44.6%
The Macallan Gran Reserva, 40%
The Glenlivet 18 Years OLd, 43%
Cragganmore 12 years old, 40%
Signatory Glen Grant 1976, 58.2%
Midland Malts
Balblair 33 years Old, 45%
Glenmorangie 1981 Sauternes Finish, 43%
Glengoyne 17 years old, 43%
Glen Garioch 10 years old, 40%
Auchentoshan 10 years old, 40 %
Rye Whiskeys
Sazerac Rye 18 Years Old, 45%
Van Winkle Family Reserve, 47.8%
Old Potrero Straight Rye, 62.1%
Bourbons
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, 45.2%
Elijah Craig 12 Years Old, 47 %
BLanton's 49.5%
Booker's 63.2%
Maker's Mark 45%
Island Malts
Highland Park 18 Years Old, 43%
Talisker 1975, 59.9%
Ardbeg 1977, 46%
Port Ellen 1978, 60.5%
Bruichladdich 20 years old, 46%
Now its time to bring out the prices...
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 adogranonthepitch
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I think he was just telling us what is on the list. If you read his other postings, you'll see his is asking what whiskies to buy so I doubt he is trying to point out high prices are best.
Also, while that list contains some very expensive whiskies it also contains some very reasonable ones like Cragganmore 12yo, Glen Garioch 10yo, Auchentoshan 10yo and Black Bottle 10yo blend. Even the older ones need not be terribly expensive like Glengoyne 17yo, Highland Park 18yo and The Glenlivet 18yo, which have even more reasonable 1012yo versions available which are still very good. All the Irish whiskies listed are quite reasonable (with the exception of Bushmills 16yo but which is still very reasonable for a 16yo).
Harry
Also, while that list contains some very expensive whiskies it also contains some very reasonable ones like Cragganmore 12yo, Glen Garioch 10yo, Auchentoshan 10yo and Black Bottle 10yo blend. Even the older ones need not be terribly expensive like Glengoyne 17yo, Highland Park 18yo and The Glenlivet 18yo, which have even more reasonable 1012yo versions available which are still very good. All the Irish whiskies listed are quite reasonable (with the exception of Bushmills 16yo but which is still very reasonable for a 16yo).
Harry
The list is interesting as a reference but for a more useful list it would be really nice if the malts where also listed in price categories (or at the very least with an estimated cost info attached). As a consumer I know I would appreciate it when some prices on malts today are simply outrageous and out of reach for most of us.

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Yes. It would be nice if there were "best whisky people can actually get" and "best whisky people can actually afford" categories.
Rather than a review which gives the best speyside to 39 year old cask strength Glen Wet which is available only from Wee Shuggies shop in Ardnamurchan and sold only to those from Brazil who are fluent in Finnish.
Quite frankly when you get to these categories, you can write anything you like and no one will be able to contradict you.
Rather than a review which gives the best speyside to 39 year old cask strength Glen Wet which is available only from Wee Shuggies shop in Ardnamurchan and sold only to those from Brazil who are fluent in Finnish.
Quite frankly when you get to these categories, you can write anything you like and no one will be able to contradict you.
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