Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#16 • Tyrconnell 16 year old

  • Rank: 16
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 91
  • Price: $100
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

Most Irish whiskey consumed in the U.S. is blended, and Ireland’s single pot still whiskeys enjoy a cult following. However, Irish single malts, including Tyrconnell 16 year old, are often unfairly overshadowed by their Scottish neighbors. This limited-edition whiskey, made entirely with Irish barley, is double distilled in pot stills like most scotch, then aged in bourbon barrels. Tyrconnell is named for a racehorse, but this whiskey is slow and steady: it’s soft and gentle, yet full-flavored, with warming vanilla, graham cracker, and citrus notes, and rounded spice. Though it may not be as brash as some scotch malts, this thoroughbred is able to go the distance. —Adam Polonski