Top 20 Whiskies of 2021

#18 • GlenDronach PortWood

  • Rank: 18
  • Year: 2021
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $90
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Highlands)

This iconic sherried single malt scotch gets an extra-generous helping of fruit from maturation in port pipes at the hands of GlenDronach master blender Rachel Barrie. The result is a decadent and chewy dram that starts off with fig, dried cherries, and glazed banana chips on the nose. The mouth-filling flavors boast rich fruit, with chocolate-covered cherry and spiced Christmas cake before a lingering finish of drying cocoa and gingersnaps. Lush, creamy, and moreish in the extreme. —Jeffery Lindenmuth