Score: 93

Bushmills 12 year old

ABV: 40% Price: $60 Style: Single Malt Origin: Ireland

Layering a marsala wine-cask finish over Irish single malts matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks unleashes a visceral, full-bodied Bushmills into its core range, a dynamic juxtaposition from the easy drinking of the honey-sweet 10 year old. Master blender Alex Thomas serves up a magnificently sturdy dram, primed with dark sweet delights and peppered with mixed peel, sultana, and walnut oil, offering tantalizing twists and turns of intensity through its honey, sweet fig, and black tea flavors. —Jonny McCormick