Summer 2019 Editors’ Choice: Elijah Craig, Dewar’s & Glenmorangie

In each issue of Whisky Advocate, the editors select three whiskies that we consider the most impressive, considering score, price, and availability. For Summer 2019, our Editors’ Choice whiskies include a Kentucky bourbon and two scotches: a blend and a single malt.

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

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon (Batch A119)
94 points, 67.6% ABV, $60

This year’s first of three annual releases has a higher ABV than Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Whisky of the Year, which was 62.1%. The nose offers caramel, vanilla cream pie, cocoa powder, baking spice, baked apple, orange, marzipan, leather, and oak. Very well-integrated on the palate, but the high ABV cries out for water, which brings chocolate, butterscotch, bitter orange, coconut, almond, and creamed corn. The finish is a long, delightful reprise of it all. —David Fleming

Dewar’s Double Double 32 year old Blended Scotch
94 points, 46% ABV, $150/375ml.

If a Scotch whisky could smell plush and velvety, this Pedro Ximénez-finished blend would be it. Chocolate-covered raisins, peat smoke, cigar lounge, licorice, chamois leather, and charred oak staves. The palate is smooth, delicate, and finely tuned with syrupy prune, raisins, plum, raspberry, strawberry, 70% dark chocolate, peppercorn, ginger, clove, and a hint of smoke. This showcases lip-smacking, intricate blending on the oldest Dewar’s available. —Jonny McCormick

Glenmorangie Allta Single Malt Scotch
92 points 51.2% ABV, $99

This Private Edition expression was made using a strain of yeast found growing on local barley. It was aged for approximately 8 years in mostly second-fill and refill bourbon casks. Barley sugar and honey on the nose, followed by lily of the valley, lavender, and white pepper. Big gingery fruit notes on the palate; fresh-squeezed orange juice, vanilla, and black pepper. The finish is long and attractively earthy. —Gavin Smith

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