Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#2 • Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release

  • Rank: 2
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 94
  • Price: $100
  • ABV: 52.5%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Highlands)

Glenmorangie Astar returns after a five-year absence. Astar is matured in custom toasted casks made from slow-growing trees on north-facing slopes in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The barrels harbor bourbon for four years before heading to Glenmorangie.

That level of provenance doesn’t come cheap, which is why the original Astar was discontinued in 2012, just four years after its acclaimed appearance. The exquisite Glenmorangie aromas and flavors—floral, with rose hips and orange blossom—are dialed up to new levels of intensity, while the voluptuous and sweet palate exudes harmony and balance. —Gavin Smith