In each issue of Whisky Advocate, the editors select three great value bottles: whiskies with solid scores, modest prices, and wide availability. For the Fall 2021 issue, an Island single malt scotch, a Texas bourbon, and an Irish blend all ranked as Best Values.
Check out the Buying Guide for a complete list of whiskies reviewed in the Fall 2021 issue.
High Scores, Low Prices: Best Value Whiskies
The Fighting 69th Regiment
90 points, 40%, $33
A classic nose, equally enticing and reassuringly traditional, with aromas of cinnamon and toasted oats wrapped in rich vanilla toffee, whole spices, crisp cereal notes, millionaire’s shortbread, and hints of malt and drying tobacco. The palate is fruity and juicy, with ripe stone fruits, orange, caramel, and peppery spice, with bright flashes of lime zest, ending with an irrepressible rolling spicy finish flecked with grapefruit peels. —Jonny McCormick
Jura 12 year old
88 points, 40%, $50
Finished in oloroso sherry casks. Stewed plums and Raisinets on the nose, along with raspberry pastilles, dried pineapple, honeysuckle, lemon drops, and pear. The palate is creamy up front, offering notes of apple pie, vanilla fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate. On the finish there’s some cinnamon and other baking spices, hints of strawberries, and more chocolate. Shows good balance, with softer, lightly fruited flavors. —Ted Simmons
Yellow Rose Outlaw (Batch L19-19)
87 points, 46%, $55
Made with 100% Texas corn. Dried peaches, cooked raspberries, and a hint of orange peel and vanilla on the nose. There’s zippy cinnamon spice on the palate: cinnamon bun with vanilla icing, white pepper, Fig Newtons, allspice, rice pudding with cinnamon, and a touch of bubble gum. Good length on the finish, with lighter notes of chocolate, cinnamon, cola, and cooked cherries. Improves with time in the glass.—Ted Simmons