The Top Scoring Whiskeys From March 2017

Out of all of the whiskeys we reviewed in 2017 (and there were a lot!), these ten took home the highest scores from the Distiller Tasting Table.
Apr 03, 2017
  • 10
    10 Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    Double Cask was released in January 2017 from Wyoming Whiskey. They take their five year old bourbon, and finish a batch of it in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The bourbon itself has a mashbill of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley, and the expression is bottled at 50% ABV. Seven states will receive a shipment of Double Cask, with a total release of 110 cases.
  • 9
    9 Brora 1977 38 Year (2016 Special Release)
    92
    Smoky & Vanilla
    This 2016 Diageo Special Release of Brora single malt is an extra year older than the distillery's 2015 release for the same collection. And again, rumor has it that this may be the distillery's last appearance in the collection. Since its closure in 1983, falling victim to the era's oversaturated whisky market, single malt releases from this Highland distillery are now rare and hard to come by (and therefore, very expensive). Distilled in 1977 this highly sought-after expression enjoyed an undisturbed maturation for 38 years before being bottled at 48.6%. Only 2,984 bottlings were ever produced.
  • 8
    8 WhistlePig Vermont Estate Oak 15 Year
    92
    Rich & Full Bodied
    This 100% rye mash whiskey debuted in May 2016 and is the oldest expression to date in WhistlePig's lineup. While waiting for the distillery's own whiskey to finish aging, they use juice sourced from Canada to bottle as their own. It has spent 15 years maturing in three types of casks: new, charred American oak barrels; former bourbon barrels; and new, charred Vermont white oak. It was developed with terroir in mind as the star of this show is the white oak grown on the Vermont distillery's estate in Shoreham. It is bottled at 46% ABV.
  • 7
    7 Port Charlotte PC5 Evolution
    92
    Peaty & Smoky
    PC5 was the first bottling in the "PC" collection; it is a 5-year old heavily-peated (40 ppm) single malt distilled at Bruichladdich. It is bottled at cask-strength of 63.5% ABV. Only 6,000 bottles were produced; this is now a highly collectible whisky.
  • 6
    6 Teeling Vintage Reserve 24 Year Single Malt
    93
    Fruity & Tart
    Part of the Teeling's Vintage Reserve Collection, this single malt whiskey was distilled in 1991 and aged for 24 years in former bourbon casks. The whiskey was then transferred to barrels which previously held Sauternes wine, a French dessert white wine. A small amount of peated malt was part of the production of this whiskey. This hand-bottled expression comes in a luxury decanter and only 5,000 bottles are available for sale.
  • 5
    5 Parker's Heritage Wheated Bourbon
    93
    Spicy & Smoky
    This bourbon was released in 2010 as the 4th edition of the Parker's Heritage Collection. It was also the first time the series introduced barrel-proof extra-aged wheated bourbon. 52 ten-year-old barrels were dumped producing 4,800 bottles. The cask this bottle came from clocked in at 62.1% ABV.
  • 4
    4 Johnnie Walker 18 Year
    94
    Peaty & Fruity
    Johnnie Walker Platinum has been rebranded and repackaged as Johnnie Walker 18 Year. Platinum was an 18 Year whisky, so nothing has changed apart from a new name and new look for the blended whisky. The fact that it is an 18 Year old whisky has just been given its proper prominence for the brand. Made from up to 18 different whiskies for the blend including whisky from Blair Athol, Cardhu, Glen Elgin, and Auchroisk. This is bottled at 40% ABV.
  • 3
    3 WhistlePig The Boss Hog III: The Independent
    94
    Spicy & Rich
    Bottled in Vermont, this 100% rye is WhistlePig's 3rd edition of The Boss Hog and was released in 2016. It matured for 14 years before finishing its aging in 250-liter former Scotch hogshead casks that were enhanced with new American oak barrel heads. Of this release, only 30 barrels were bottled at its original cask strength which varies by bottling but hovers around 60% ABV. The sample for this review was at 60.3% ABV or 120.6 proof.
  • 2
    2 Bruichladdich Black Art 1992 05.1 Edition 24 Year
    94
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Adam Hannett took the reins at Bruichladdich in 2015, after already having spent a decade at the distillery. Black Art 5.1 , his first edition, offered a huge opportunity to showcase what he was a capable of as head distiller. The youngest whisky included is from 1992, and otherwise, Hannett took charge of a recipe kept strictly secret, incorporating a myriad assortment of cask types. Black Art 5 debuted Christmas 2016.
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    1 Port Charlotte PC7 Sin An Doigh Ileach
    94
    Peaty & Smoky
    The third release in Bruichladdich's PC series. The whisky is some of the first to be distilled by Jim McEwan at the newly reopened Bruichladdich, entering the casks in late May of 2001. The Port Charlotte series is an homage to the Scotch whisky produced at the Lochindaal Distillery in Port Charlotte, Islay, a few miles south of Bruichladdich. Lochindaal, which was mothballed in 1929, was known for its heavily peated whiskies; a retired stillman from Bruichladdich, Roderick Macleod, provided McEwan with tasting notes of the original whisky, which serve as the basis for this interpretation. The PC7, named the Sin Doigh Ileach (translated: "it's the Islay way"), celebrates the people of Islay who contributed to the reopening of Bruichladdich. The whisky is seven years old, non-chill filtered, and bottled at the casks' strength of 61% ABV.