10 Highest-Scoring Whiskies in the Fall 2021 Buying Guide

10 Highest-Scoring Whiskies in the Fall 2021 Buying Guide

Published by Whisky Advocate, on Oct 18, 2021.

The Fall 2021 issue of Whisky Advocate features over 130 whisky reviews covering a range of styles. Since the issue focuses on bourbon, the Buying Guide is chock-full of reviews that cover cask-finishing, non-Kentucky producers, Texas’s growing craft scene, and more, but there is plenty else to enjoy, including single malts from Scotland, the U.S., Germany, Ireland, India, and Taiwan.

As for high scores, we have those as well, with the below whiskies all earning 93 points or more. These don’t include our Editors’ Choice, Best Value, or Collectibles selections, but represent the very best from the whisky world, including two cask strength Irish whiskeys, age statements ranging from 6 to 24 years old, and a pair of single malt scotches that use home-grown barley. Familiar names like Barrell, Balvenie, and Ardbeg are joined by Bib & Tucker and Blue Note, two Tennessee-based brands proving that the Volunteer State can make high-quality bourbon in addition to the state’s trademark whiskey style.

Check out the 10 highest-scoring whiskies below and visit the Fall 2021 Buying Guide for the full slate of reviews.

Paul John Mithuna
93 points, 58%, $300

Named after the 3rd zodiac sign of Indian astrology—but then of course you knew that—the nose has red cherry laces, ground black pepper, and hints of ginger, resin, and toffee apple. The flavors are colossal; beginning with warm fruity caramels and sweet vanilla desserts, it shows off burnt sugar toppings of crème brûlée, Seville orange peel, indulgent dark chocolate, generous layers of maltiness, and delicious mocha notes. Quite spectacular. (3,000 bottles for the U.S.)—Jonny McCormick


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