In every issue of Whisky Advocate, we select three bottles to recommend as collectibles: whiskies that are generally limited releases and show the most potential to gain in value. For Fall 2019, the top choices came from Kentucky, Islay, and the Highlands.
For all whiskies reviewed in the Fall 2019 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.
Collectible Scotch and Bourbon: Fall 2019
King of Kentucky 15 year old Straight 2019 Release (Barrel 8)
93 points, 65.5% ABV, $250
Walnuts in maple syrup, grape jelly, cooked cherries, peanuts in Coke, ginger syrup, iced tea, and varnish on the nose. Adding water first reveals sweeter notes, then fully opens up the tightly wound palate, unfurling bittersweet chocolate, pipe tobacco, cherry pie, blackberry preserves, roasted spices, and sweet nuttiness. The lengthy finish is nutty and rich, with generous spice, chocolate, oak, and cola. —Susannah Skiver Barton
Bruichladdich 26 year old Black Art 1990 (Edition 06.1)
92 points, 46.9% ABV, $420
Tangerines on the nose, then Turkish Delight, sliced cucumber, new leather, toffee, soft spices, and a hint of char. Mouth-coating, with sweet orchard fruits dipped in cream. Sharper fruit notes in time, with almonds and ginger. Icing sugar, milk chocolate, spicy oak, a fleeting savory note, and lingering fruitiness in the finish. Shows well-integrated character. (18,000 bottles) —Gavin Smith
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991
92 points, 43% ABV, $750
Influenced by a final decade spent in oloroso sherry and Burgundy casks. The nose offers orange segments dipped in honey, plus nougat, icing sugar, and more piercing citrus notes. The palate is supple, with milk chocolate and orange juice, joined by damsons and wood spices. A mouth-drying note persists behind juicy fruits, with aniseed and black pepper. The finish yields peaches dipped in salt and spicy oak. —Gavin Smith