Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#5 • Rampur Select

  • Rank: 5
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $65
  • ABV: 43%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: India

Indian single malt distillers like Amrut and Paul John turn out first-rate whiskies that measure up to the most venerable names in scotch. Rampur, a single malt from Radico Khaitan Distillery in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the newest ambassador for this blossoming whisky nation.

Indian-grown six-row barley provides biscuity malt aromas that undergird a cornucopia of tropical melon, papaya, and soft yellow jackfruit. The oily palate coats the mouth with cocoa, grilled pineapples, hibiscus blossoms, and tingling spices. With its exceptional, long finish, Rampur may set America on a path to truly appreciating Indian whisky’s style and terroir. —Susannah Skiver Barton