Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#20 • Adnams Rye Malt

  • Rank: 20
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 90
  • Price: $80
  • ABV: 47%
  • Style: Rye
  • Place of Origin: England

Rye has been farmed for centuries in England, and this sustainably-minded brewer and distiller uses grain grown by company chairman Jonathan Adnams on his farm close to the facility in Southwold. Rye takes the lead in this 75% rye and 25% malted barley whisky, matured in new medium-toast French oak casks for a minimum of 5 years. Creamy and spicy on the nose, it’s slightly nutty, with hints of mixed peel, graham crackers, hazelnut, and nutmeg. A thick, malty mouthfeel of toffee and cinnamon finds harmony between the sweetness, crisp rye, and fresh green edge of the spices. —Jonny McCormick