Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#16 • Macallan 15 year old Double Cask

Macallan 15 year old double cask bottle shot
  • Rank: 16
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $135
  • ABV: 43%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Speyside)

The iconic producer of lush sherried malts delivers again. Employing the same technique of marrying whiskies aged in sherry-seasoned casks of both American and European oak that landed the 12 year old in our 2017 Top 20 has resulted in a truly decadent dram—richly nutty and fruity, with dried apples, cherries, and prunes. The palate is wonderfully luscious, supple, and chewy, delivering mouth-coating waves of fruit that remain for minutes on end, before a long farewell of lingering, warming spice. Impressive and irresistibly good. —Jeffery Lindenmuth