Fall 2022 Best Values: Tullibardine, Jack Daniel’s, McConnell’s

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 2022 issue, a sherry-finished single malt scotch, a bottled in bond Tennessee whiskey, and sherry-finished Irish whiskey all ranked as Best Values.

Check out the Buying Guide for a complete list of whiskies reviewed in the Fall 2022 issue.


Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish
91 points, 43%, $40

The sherry cask influence is apparent, and to great effect. The alluring nose is a symphony of raisins, Fig Newtons, quince paste, white peach, and dried pineapple. More fruit follows on the palate, which is delicate despite being heavy on fruit leather flavors. A touch of honey and a zip of lemon peel add even
more dimension. The lengthy finish is fruity, with delightful wood spice at the tail end. (7,800 bottles)—Julia Higgins

Jack Daniel’s Bonded
90 points, 50%, $35

Fruity and fresh, there’s a whole lot to parse out on the nose, starting with citrus zest, Asian pear, cantaloupe, and banana peel. A drizzle of honey is a precursor to a palate that beautifully balances sweet with spice; fruit gummies and strawberry frosting mingle with black pepper and library books. The mid-length finish delivers much of the same, with pronounced notes of fruit syrup.—Julia Higgins

McConnell’s 5 year old Sherry Cask Finish
90 points, 46%, $45

McConnell’s aims to restore distilling to Belfast one day, and this second release helps to support the cause. There’s red grape, cherry, black currant, red apple, fig, aniseed, fresh mint, and herbal aromas. Though the texture on the initial sip feels light, it fills out nicely as it works up impressive sherry notes, whipping up the spices and showing off raisin, bramble, black cherry, clove, and ginger spices. (12,000 bottles)—Jonny McCormick

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