Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#10 • Aberfeldy 18 year old French Red Wine Cask-Finished (Batch 2920)

Aberfeldy 18 year old french red wine finish bottle shot
  • Rank: 10
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $120
  • ABV: 43%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Highlands)

Aging scotch in a secondary cask is tricky, and tinkering with a whisky that has already achieved 18 years of age is even riskier. This well-matured Aberfeldy spent its final months in red wine casks from Bordeaux under the bold vision and deft hand of malt master Stephanie Macleod. As a result, it soars above its station. Never intrusive, the red wine finish suggests Fig Newtons and dried cherries, building upon Aberfeldy’s classic honey-vanilla profile to evoke strawberry shortcake and flavors of jam and clotted cream on a fresh-baked scone. A complex, mature, and moreish whisky at an excellent price. —Jeffery Lindenmuth