In each issue of Whisky Advocate, the editors select three whiskies they consider to be the most impressive, based on score, price, and availability. For Summer 2022, our Editors’ Choice selections include an Indian single malt, an Irish single malt, and a Tennessee bourbon finished in Islay scotch casks.
Check out the Buying Guide for a complete list of whiskies reviewed in the Spring 2022 issue.
STANDOUT WHISKIES FROM Summer 2022
Indri Single Malt Tr-ini The Three Wood
92 points, 46%, $55
An impressive single malt from the foothills of the Himalayas, finished in bourbon, French wine, and PX casks, which bring indulgent aromas of malt, chocolate, plum, damson, black cherry, baked orange, blackened oak, cut grass, and dry spices. The palate boasts dense vanilla, creamed coconut, pepper, baked peach, citrus peel, clove, and pepper, then chocolate ganache, hazelnut, apple, bramble, cassis, and Brazil nuts, with a mouth-coating finish of dark fruits. (5,700 bottles)—Jonny McCormick
Bushmills 12 year old Irish single malt
91 points, 40%, $60
Bushmills has developed consider- able experience in marsala cask finishing, so this release marks a distinctive new addition to the spectrum of flavors of their core range. Dark, sweet, juicy aromas of plum, damson jam, clove, peppercorn, citrus, mixed peel, grilled peach, sultana, and walnut oil precede a full-bodied whiskey with flavors of date loaf, sweet fig, chocolate orange, oak tannins, black tea, walnut, sweet wine, and runny honey.—Jonny McCormick
Chattanooga Islay Scotch Cask Finished Bourbon
91 points, 47.5%, $50
Wood varnish, bubble gum, and pencil shavings on the nose give way to tea leaves, dried herbs, and white paper. Add water and smoky campfire ash emerges. More herbs on the palate with sage and oregano, as well as citrus in the form of a flamed orange disc. The finish is lip-smacking, with great length. Water unlocks a world of flavor, with clear vision and execution on display. It’s different, but deli- cious. (8,400 bottles)—Ted Simmons