Spring 2020: Black Market Bourbon & More

Spring 2020: Black Market Bourbon & More

Most people buy their whisky at a liquor store, but an increasing number of drinkers are turning to alternative sources to track down in-demand bottles. The Spring 2020 issue of Whisky Advocate dives deep into the world of black market bourbon, where illegal reselling—often at outrageous prices—runs rampant. It's a complicated and tortuous journey, and there are no easy answers.

We also take a look at "whiskey imposters," bottles that aren't always what they seem. They stand next to bourbon and rye, but are something else entirely. When you're ready to drink something straightforward, check out the feature on Irish single pot still whiskey, the Emerald Isle's most compelling style. Once upon a time, it almost died out—but is now thankfully enjoying a robust renaissance.

Also in this issue, discover Scotland's Isle of Skye, meet the craftspeople who support American distilling, whip up champagne-whisky cocktails, and share a dram with a wrestling superstar. Plus, peruse over 100 whisky reviews across scotch, bourbon, and more.

Spring 2020 Buying Guide


Explore over 100 whisky reviews, including Old Fitzgerald 15 year old, Macallan Edition No. 5, Larceny Barrel Proof, and Ardbeg Supernova.