Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#10 • Writers’ Tears Double Oak

  • Rank: 10
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $65
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Blended Whiskey
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

Walsh Whiskey has rarely released better whiskeys than those of 2019, which included two expressions made in collaboration with the Legaret family of Deau Cognac. Here, they apply bourbon and French oak cognac barrels to the unique marriage of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys, arguably the most premium interpretation of the Irish blend. Aromas of dark berry fruit, cinnamon, fudge, milk chocolate, graham crackers, jellied fruit, and a smudge of dry spices. Compelling, well-structured whiskey with cinnamon, chocolate, dark toffee, pepper, and ginger; never cloying, nor overly sweet, just a richly rewarding glass. —Jonny McCormick