I don’t have time to drink every whisky released in 2017. I certainly wish I did, but I have neither the time nor the means to taste all of them. Sadly, I’ve only tasted 1 of the Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 according to Whisky Advocate.
The Whisky Advocate buyer’s guide is an annual ranking of the best whiskies on the planet, and it’s determined by a panel of expert tasters sampling hundreds of the top whiskies. If that sounds like a dream job you’re not alone.
1. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517
2. Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release
3. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades
4. Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Diageo Special Releases 2017)
5. Rampur Select
6. Ardbeg An Oa
7. Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza
8. Tamdhu Batch Strength 002
9. Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010
10. Glen Moray 18 Year Old
You can see the full list of ‘TOP 20 WHISKEYS OF 2017 by clicking that link and visiting the Whiskey Advocate‘s annual buyer’s guide where they have tasting notes on each of the whiskeys listed above. The only whiskey on their list which I sampled this year was ranked #11, ‘Little Book‘. And if that’s the 11th ranked whiskey of the year I cannot imagine how heavenly the top 10 are because Little Book is one of the best whiskeys I’ve ever had.
I plan on releasing a list of whiskeys/bourbons next week for any of you bros looking to make some holiday whiskey purchases. Unfortunately, mine will be a little bit more practical than the ranking above. It’ll be more geared towards the best whiskey you’ll actually buy and not the best new whiskey on the planet. So stay tuned for that.