Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#14 • Drumshanbo Single Pot Still

Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey bottle shot
  • Rank: 14
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $63
  • ABV: 43%
  • Style: Single Pot Still
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

After decades of consolidation, Ireland is experiencing a craft whiskey renaissance. Founded in 2014, The Shed Distillery delivers the first whiskey from the western province of Connacht in over a century. Polished creamy sweetness and aromatic spices herald this striking dram, which has been triple-distilled and then matured in first-fill bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Aromas of caramel, brioche, satsuma, and dried apricot draw you in, ushering in a luscious palate of pear, apple, and freewheeling spices bolstered by dried citrus, lime, and toasted coconut. —Jonny McCormick