Top 20 Whiskies of 2018

#16 • Green Spot Chateau Montelena

  • Rank: 16
  • Year: 2018
  • Score: 91
  • Price: $100
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single Pot Still
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

Ireland is alive with innovative whiskeys, such as this union of single pot still whiskey and the berry flavors of Bo Barrett’s French oak zinfandel casks. A final 12 months of aging in these used Calistoga, California wine barrels produces juicy aromas of bramble, red apple, and cherry, with cake mix, almond, and firm spices. This elevates the enjoyment over regular Green Spot with a swath of ripe red apple, damson, zested orange, and lemon enveloping the pot still spices before a distinctive dry, spicy finish. —Jonny McCormick