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 2020, the top choices came from India, Japan, and Scotland.
For all whiskies reviewed in the Fall 2020 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.
BOTTLES WORTHY OF YOUR COLLECTION
Amrut 10 year old Greedy Angels Bourbon Cask-Finished Indian Single Malt (2019 Release)
95 points, 55% ABV, $800
An intense and enthralling whisky on the nose, with honey, brown sugar, and caramel, then molasses, cooked fruit, vanilla, shredded orange peel, chocolate, and baking spices, yet it still retains a barley freshness. This elegantly carries its potent ABV with aplomb, producing a palate of baked orange, dried pineapple, malt, milk chocolate, and a cascade of spice, sugar, caramelized fruits, and toasted oak. Simply incredible. (900 bottles, 300 for U.S.) —Jonny McCormick
Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt U.S. Edition Japanese Single Malt (2019 Release)
92 points, 55.5% ABV, $275
Trademark rich, ripe fruitiness abounds here with a mashbill of malts consisting of Braemar, peated Concerto, and floor-malted Tipple. Fruit hard candy, pear, melon skin, green apple, and grassy turf smoke on the nose. It’s a big, juicy whisky on the palate with tangy citrus, pear, vanilla, and caramel, sideswiped by pepper and clove. Ride it out to discover Skittles, honeydew, and a lengthy finish of Golden Delicious apple. (1,556 bottles) —Jonny McCormick
Compass Box Rogues’ Banquet Blended Scotch
92 points, 46% ABV, $230
With its nose of honey, green apple, lemon, and fragrant spices, this kicks off Compass Box’s 20th anniversary celebration. Blended by lead whisky maker James Saxon, it has an unctuous, luxurious texture, malty and sweet, with dark toffee, gingersnaps, cinnamon, lemon zest, dried tropical fruits, and vanilla cream. The gentle spices ebb and flow, finishing on a last hurrah of dark cookies and vanilla. (2,400 bottles for U.S.) —Jonny McCormick