Sip in style: Unveiling the best whiskeys in the world

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For whiskey connoisseurs and enthusiasts, exploring the best the world has to offer in terms of rich flavors and exceptional craftsmanship is a thrilling adventure. In 2024, the whiskey landscape continues to evolve, bringing forth a curated list of the finest and most sought-after spirits.

From the sophisticated Hibiki 17 Year Old to the powerhouse George T. Stagg 2022, let’s delve into the top whiskeys that have captivated the world in 2024.

 

George T. Stagg 2022:

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At the pinnacle of our list stands George T. Stagg 2022, a limited-production Bourbon whiskey distributed by Buffalo Trace Distillery. Aged for more than 15 years and 5 months, this Bourbon boasts an impressive 138.7 proof. George T. Stagg, a key figure in the Gilded Age of Bourbon, built a dominant American distillery in the 19th century, and this 2022 offering pays homage to that legacy.

 

Yamazaki 18 Year Old:

Hailing from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, Yamazaki 18 Year Old takes the second spot on our list. This award-winning single malt is a masterful blend of fruit, oak, and smoky notes. Approximately 80% of this expression is matured in sherry butts, while the remainder spends its time in American and Mizunara oak casks, resulting in a truly stunning flavour profile.

 

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak:

Part of Macallan’s esteemed Sherry Oak Range, the 18-year-old expression secures the third spot with its richness and complexity. Matured in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, this full-bodied whiskey offers a palate of mature oak, ginger, and raisin flavors, complemented by a light mahogany natural colour.

 

Lagavulin 16 Year Old:

Renowned for its massive peat-smoke flavour typical of southern Islay, Lagavulin 16 Year Old claims the fourth position. Aged in oak casks for at least 16 years, this single malt offers a unique combination of peatiness, richness, dryness, and smoothness, making it a favorite among whisky enthusiasts worldwide.

 

W. L. Weller 12 Year Old:

Named after Kentucky whiskey pioneer William Larue Weller, this 12-year-old Bourbon secures the fifth spot. Aged far longer than most wheated Bourbons, W. L. Weller 12 Year Old offers a smooth, easy-going, and balanced profile with a beautiful deep bronze colour. Produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, it is a true gem in the world of wheated Bourbons.

 

Michter’s 10 Year Rye:

Continuing the legacy of America’s first whiskey variety, Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye claims the sixth position. Despite deliberately keeping stocks low and releasing in small batches, Michter’s has become the fourth-fastest rising brand in the Bourbon market. The 10-year-old Rye is a testament to their commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

 

Redbreast 27 Year Old:

Making its mark at number seven is Redbreast 27 Year Old, the oldest permanent release in the Redbreast family. Matured in Bourbon, sherry, and ruby port casks, this Irish whiskey offers a palate full of fruity and spicy flavors, with aromas of tropical fruits, orange zest, vanilla bean, toffee, oak, and berries.

Ardbeg Uigeadail:

Rounding off our list is Ardbeg Uigeadail, named after the distillery’s water source. This whisky marries sweetness, spice, and deep smokiness, thanks to a unique vatting method that combines ex-Bourbon American oak with ex-sherry Oloroso casks. Regarded as ‘as close to perfection as makes no difference,’ Ardbeg stands as a testament to Islay’s centuries-old whisky-making tradition.

Hibiki 17 Year Old

Hibiki 17 Year Old, a Japanese blend, is crafted using aged malt and grain whiskies sourced from Suntory`s renowned distilleries. Spicy and sophisticated, this is great for catching people out at blind tastings. Produced in Japan by Beam Suntory, the Hibiki Whisky range is a harmonious blend of several malt and grain whiskies which are meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.

Highland Park 18 Year Old

Highland Park is matured in a high proportion of first-fill sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, this superb 18 Year Old single malt has been showered with awards and praise from all quarters, even being honored with both a Gold and an Ultimate Recommendation (with a score of 96) in the 2021 International Spirits Challenge.

In 2024, the world of whiskey continues to captivate enthusiasts with a diverse range of flavours and a celebration of time-honored craftsmanship. From the richness of George T. Stagg 2022 to the delicate balance of Yamazaki 18 Year Old, these top whiskeys represent the pinnacle of the distiller’s art. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a newcomer to the world of whiskey, these exceptional spirits promise a journey of unparalleled taste and refinement.