Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#17 • Macallan Double Cask 12 year old

  • Rank: 17
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 90
  • Price: $65
  • ABV: 43%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Highland)

Two oaks are better than one in this single malt, which marries whiskies matured in sherry-seasoned casks of both American and European oak. The sherry imparts aromas of raisins, figs, hazelnuts, blanched almonds, candied orange peel, and leather. A backbone of vanilla sweetness on the palate supports layers of ginger and white pepper, dark chocolate, leather, raisins, toasted hazelnuts, and orange oil. This Macallan joins the core line between the Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges. Warming and rich without being syrupy, it doubles up on accessibility with its balance and remarkably affordable price for its quality and age. —Susannah Skiver Barton