Top 20 Whiskies of 2018

#9 • 1792 Bottled in Bond

  • Rank: 9
  • Year: 2018
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $36
  • ABV: 50%
  • Style: Bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

While this offers no age statement, it revels in the renewed respect for bottled in bond whiskey which assures us it is at least 4 years old, 100 proof, from one distillery, and one distilling season. This new appreciation is for good reason. Toasted oak, chocolate-covered banana, vanilla, and apple meet hints of coffee and cinnamon on the nose. The high-rye recipe delivers the requisite cracked pepper and baking spices on the caramel-laden palate laced with licorice. This widely available bourbon seems to dwell in the age sweet spot, is nicely balanced with oak, and comes at a price that leaves little cause for hesitation. —Jeffery Lindenmuth