Teeling Blackpitts, 46%

Price: $75 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Peated whiskey is an ancient Irish style, but it's harder to make than
you think. Teeling's master distiller Alex Chasko ascertained that only malt as
heavily peated as Ardbeg's would enable the peaty flavors to withstand the large
fraction eliminated by triple distillation. That decision delivers a superb subtle
smokiness, which when put together with bourbon and sauternes casks creates a
moreish whiskey alive with orchard fruit, panna cotta, and sweet floral notes, plus
tangy marmalade and peppery spice. As distillers in Ireland dig deeper into peaty
whiskey, you can bet on this bottle of smoke to make your day.

Number 3 in the 2021 Top 20