Top 20 Whiskies of 2018

#18 • Glendalough 13 year old Mizunara Cask

  • Rank: 18
  • Year: 2018
  • Score: 91
  • Price: $120
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single malt
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

Precious few distillers outside of Japan are resourceful and determined enough to lay their hands on virgin mizunara oak to cooper their own finishing puncheons, let alone allow you to experience its flavors at such a reasonable price. Stone fruit, Quaker oats, comb honey, and sandalwood aromas are followed by ripe melon and tropical fruit flavors trailed by cocoa. Fragrant spices contribute to a sublime balance, with spicy chocolate, coffee grounds, and menthol to finish. This is a rare gem among Irish whiskeys. —Jonny McCormick