Throughout a global pandemic, Brexit hassles, and the end of an international tariff war whisky brands and distilleries large and small have continued to launch exciting new releases. I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to try a few of them, doing my job as best as I can.
So here’s my favorite whiskies that I’ve tasted in 2021 (I’ve also included links to previous years’ choices at the bottom of the article). Some of these whiskies have been mentioned in my column here before, others haven’t. Like the past lists I’ve done, my only two selection criteria for these choices is that I first tried them in 2021 (even if they were released before then), and that they were able to be bought by the bottle. However, I’ve focused on whiskies that were first released this year, with a couple exceptions.
As a whole, Indian single malts tend to be intense and aromatic, their youth offset by the intense maturation process caused by a hot climate. Paul John’s Mithuna is matured in new oak for four years before one final year in ex-bourbon casks. The result is spectacular, an enjoyable contrast between a heavy nose and a fruity and creamy palate.