Summer 2019 Collectibles: Mister Sam, Old Fitzgerald & Macallan 18

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 Summer 2019, the top choices come from Canada, Kentucky, and Scotland.

For all whiskies reviewed in the Summer 2019 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.

Mister Sam Tribute Canadian
95 points, 66.9% ABV, $250

The first annual release of Sazerac’s finest old Canadian and American whiskies blended at barrel strength. The nose presents memories of long-closed whisky warehouses, old books, and artist’s oil paint. Prunes, dates, figs, chocolate-covered cherries, a cobbler’s shop, vague cloves, lilacs, brown sugar, and warming spices on the palate. Ultra-complex, rich, creamy, and fruity. Hot and mouth-watering with billows of vanilla, creamy caramel, and mincemeat. (1,200 bottles for the U.S. and Canada only) —Davin de Kergommeaux

Old Fitzgerald 13 year old Bottled in Bond Bourbon (Spring 2019 Release)
93 points, 50% ABV, $130

The first of Old Fitzgerald’s semiannual releases for 2019. The nose offers vanilla flan, banana cream pie, and powdered sugar, but is also floral, with tropical notes of peach, coconut, and melon, all draped lightly in tobacco leaf. The palate is gentle, with maple syrup, marshmallow, milk chocolate, ripe peach, coconut, orange, and oak. A rich finish offers honey, chocolate, almond, toasted oak, and a hint of cigar. A pleasurable progression of flavors. —David Fleming

Macallan Sherry Oak 18 year old Single Malt Scotch (2018 Edition)
92 points, 43% ABV, $320

Like previous releases, this was matured in sherry-seasoned oak casks. Jaffa oranges, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and dried fruits on the nose, plus warm leather. The palate is rich and spicy, with more orange, vanilla, and burning logs. Smoky sherry, ginger, dried fruits, and seasoned oak in the full finish. —Gavin Smith

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