Whiskeys Worth The Price Tag

Whiskey prices are skyrocketing these days, so it may be hard to know which pours are worth it. These drams may be pricey, but they're truly delicious.
Jan 24, 2017
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    10 Benromach Vintage 1976
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Benromach is a Speyside distillery established in 1898. Like many distilleries, this one has changed names and hands throughout their history. Gordon & Macphail are the current owners, but only as recently as 1992 with their first whisky released in May of 2004. This 1976 vintage was distilled under DCL ownership. It was bottled in 2012 and aged in 1st fill and refill sherry casks.
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    9 Laphroaig 30 Year
    96
    Full Bodied & Smoky
    The new limited edition Laphroaig 30-year hit shelves in October 2016. Bottled at a cask-strength of 53.5%, the whisky was aged for 15 years in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, before being moved to older refill casks for the duration of its maturation.
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    8 Redbreast 21 Year
    96
    Rich & Fruity
    We have the taxman to thank for the existence of Single Pot Still Whiskeys. Back in 1785, the Irish government created a tax on malted barley. As a result, whiskey began to be produced with a combination of both malted and un-malted barley (aka green barley). It is triple distilled in pot stills and is unique to Ireland. The 21 year expression is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and 1st fill sherry casks.
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    7 Highland Park 40 Year
    96
    Rich & Full Bodied
    First released in 2008, this whisky is aged exclusively in refilled ex-sherry casks. With a latitude on the Orkney Islands mirroring that of Anchorage, Alaska and Oslo, Norway; the angels share is just a little less per year than most of Scotland (1% vs 2% per year,respectively). This means more whisky can age for a longer time at Highland Park.
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    6 Bowmore Vintner's Trilogy 26 Year French Oak Barrique
    97
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Released as part of Bowmore's Vintner's Trilogy, this 26 year-old single malt aged in Bowmore's No. 1 Vaults in two types of barrels. For the first 13 years, it matured in ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky then transferred to former wine barriques for the last 13 years. Bottled at a cask-strength of 48.7% ABV, it is available beginning October 2017.
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    5 Oban 21 Year Cask Strength
    97
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Aged in rejuvenated American oak and 2nd-fill sherry casks this west Highland single malt is a treat. Oban has a rich history older than the town that bears its name; the distillery was established in 1794 while the town was officially known as Oban in 1811. It has only 2 pot stills making it one the smallest but most respected in Scotland. It has only been silent for 9 of its over 200 year history. Only 2860 bottles were released of which I'm drinking from no. 1329.
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    4 Highland Park 30 Year
    97
    Sweet & Rich
    Unlike the 25 Year Old Highland Park which ages half of its whisky in 1st fill ex-sherry casks, the 30 Year Old is aged entirely in refill ex-sherry casks so as not to overwhelm the classic Highland Park signature.
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    3 The Macallan Rare Cask
    98
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Macallan Master Blender Bob Dalgarno selected the barrels that go into Rare Cask from mostly first fill sherry casks that have been maturing at the distillery. Of more than 1000 barrels, aged in "... the industry's finest most exclusive and expensive casks," only 1% of the whiskies made the cut and were chosen for their color and depth of flavor. The bottles are presented in a swank gatefold box.
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    2 The Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year
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    Rich & Sweet
    The Macallan Fine Oak series are aged in a combination of intricate wood finishes. For the 21 Year, the single malt whisky was aged in Spanish oak seasoned with sherry, American oak seasoned with sherry and American oak seasoned with bourbon.
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    1 Hibiki 21 Year
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Hibiki is the blended whisky brand produced by Suntory. Combining their two single malt whiskies, Hakushu and Yamazaki, with their corn-based grain whisky, Chita, they create something completely their own. Utilizing a mix of American, European, and Japanese wood this aged a minimum of 21 years and bottled at 86 proof. This is being slowly released to a couple of US major markets at the end of 2014 and then further expanding to the rest of the country for 2015 along with their 17 year-old version.