Winter 2020 Collectibles: Bushmills, Compass Box, WhistlePig

In every issue of Whisky Advocate, we select three bottles to recommend as collectibles: whiskies that are generally limited releases and show the most potential to gain in value. For Winter 2020, the top choices came from Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.

For all whiskies reviewed in the Winter 2020 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.


Bushmills 28 year old The Rare Casks Cognac Cask (Release No. 1) bottle.Bushmills 28 year old The Rare Casks Cognac Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Release No. 1)
95 points, 46.7% ABV, $500

The cognac-cask finish finesses the intensity and concentration of the lush fruity character of this whisky. A complex interplay of peach, apricot, apple, pineapple, lemon zest, thick-cut marmalade, oak, faint spices, and dried fruit on the nose. A thick velvety mouthfeel of sweet orange, grapefruit, and lime sweeps to a climax of peppercorn and clove, then it abates with dried apricot, papaya, and marzipan-wrapped Battenberg cake. Exceptional! (800 bottles) —Jonny McCormick

Compass Box Hedonism Felicitas bottle.Compass Box Hedonism Felicitas Blended Malt Scotch
95 points, 53% ABV, $175

Rich and sweet aromas of toasted coconut, honey, ripe pear, green apple, and honeysuckle. The palate is resplendent in golden honey, creamy vanilla, tangy peels, and pepper, with the higher ABV pushing it on and on. Compared to Hedonism Quindecimus and The Muse, this is richer, with greater complexity, and the subtle interplay between the fruits is outstanding. Unforgettably good whisky. (2,226 bottles) —Jonny McCormick

WhistlePig 17 year old The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic (Barrel No. 13) bottle.WhistlePig 17 year old The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic Canadian Whisky (Barrel No. 13)
93 points, 52.6% ABV, $500

This rye, finished in virgin Spanish oak and Brazilian teakwood barrels, has a delicious nose, full of vanilla extract, fresh-baked dough, cinnamon, and nougat. It’s consistent on the palate, balancing the sweetness of marshmallow and vanilla frosting with licorice tea, mint, and toasted oak. More toasted oak, cinnamon, and brown sugar on the finish, tinged with bitter black tea. —Susannah Skiver Barton

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