Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#10 • Glen Moray 18 year old

  • Rank: 10
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $90
  • ABV: 47.2%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Speyside)

The relentless upward march of prices for well-aged scotch is discouraging to veteran whisky drinkers and newcomers alike. At just $90, this lovely Speyside 18 year old hearkens back to the good old days of single malt. A warm, soft, and rounded whisky, with pleasing melon and apricot flavors, hints of dried hay and apple pie à la mode, and a backbone of peppery fruit and malt, Glen Moray 18 year old isn’t about bombast.

It balances delicacy and strength rather than embracing raw power. Although it’s celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, Glen Moray isn’t very well known in the United States, but that may be about to change. —Adam Polonski