Best Whiskey to Drink in 2022

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Whether you’re after a bargain dram or a sip from a specific country, our resident whisky expert, Ross, has put together a guide to the best whiskies you can drink in 2022. 

Best Affordable Whisky of 2022

Dewar’s 8 Year Old Caribbean Smooth Blended Scotch Whisky (70cl / 40%)

You will struggle to find a better whisky for the money. Under £30, this is a more affordable option for whisky lovers, compared with more premium-priced bottles. Despite the lower price tag, this is still an impressively flavourful whisky that makes for easy drinking. 

This whisky is made from a blend of 40 different single malt and grain whiskies that were individually aged, and then aged again once married together as a blend. The blend is finished in a fine Caribbean ex-rum cask, which adds notes of tropical fruit, caramel and hints of coconut to this delicious whisky. 

 

Best Dinner Party Whisky of 2022

Dalmore Cigar Malt Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (70cl / 44%)

A real conversation starter from one of the most complex drinks out there. Perfect for drinking with or without cigars as it offers so much in terms of flavour and finesse. Flavour-wise, there are huge bursts of toffee, caramel and orange zest. A perfect candidate for any type of dinner party.

If you’re looking to follow your dinner party with a relaxing cigar smoking experience, then we would recommend the Partagas Serie D No.4, which pairs excellently with this single malt. 

 

Best Whisky for Beginners in 2022

Tamnavulin Sherry Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (70cl / 40%)

The Tamnavulin Sherry Edition Single Malt is a great introduction to the wonderful world of whisky. Offering great value, sherry cask flavours and easy drinking, but with enough edge to have you thinking about what a good whisky can really offer you. Imagine an explosion of fruit & nut with lovely natural sweetness.

 

Best Japanese Whisky of 2022

Nikka Tailored Blended Japanese Whisky (70cl / 43%)

Age statement Japanese whiskies are now very expensive, but there are plenty of great non age statement offerings out there. The Nikka Tailored is the pick of the bunch. 

Introduced to replace the beloved Nikka 12 Year Old, the Tailored Whisky is a blend made from malt whisky from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries and its Coffey Still grain (that’s the name of still, there is no coffee involved). The whisky balances soft fruity notes with notes of dark chocolate and citrus zest.

 

Best Scotch Whisky of 2022

Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (70cl / 46%)

The Glendronach Revival is a whisky whose original incarnation was so popular that every bottle was opened and enjoyed. 

It’s back again with a new recipe thanks to master blender Rachel Barrie, combining both oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks into a rich sherry-beast that’s packed with all kinds of spice and fruit. 

For the money, and a bottle that’s actually available, it’s my number one pick and can be enjoyed all year round with or without a cigar.

 

Best Bourbon Whiskey of 2022

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old (70cl, 45.6%)

There are so many Bourbons out there, but the Bulleit 10 Year Old well and truly has my heart. Rich and spicy, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and dried fruit. In another world, I could have picked Blanton’s or Pappy Van Winkle, but they are impossible to get hold of, and I like the fact I can actually get a bottle of Bulleit without having to go through financial ruin.

 

Best Irish Whiskey of 2022

Redbreast 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey (70cl / 46%)

A mind-blowing single pot still whiskey with a great degree of ageing and complexity. Redbreast 15 is richer than Elon Musk, earthier, and has far more strength and depth than its 12 year old sibling. An essential part of Irish whiskey education; everyone needs to try this whiskey.

A mind-blowing single pot still whiskey with a great degree of ageing and complexity. Redbreast 15 is richer than Elon Musk, earthier, and has far more strength and depth than its 12 year old sibling. An essential part of Irish whiskey education; everyone needs to try this whiskey.

 

Best Valuable Whisky of 2022

Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt Six of Hearts Whisky (70cl / 57.9%)

In the world of whisky, few bottles are as valuable as the Ichiro’s Malt Card Series from the Japanese Hanyu distillery. Ichiro’s Malt Six of Hearts was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2012. 

Only 564 bottles were made, and its value increases every year. I wouldn’t even suggest drinking this; just keep it somewhere safe and watch its value rocket to the moon. When you sell it a few years down the line, you can blow the budget on whatever you like. 

 

Best Unknown Whisky of 2022

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12609) Xtra Old Particular Whisky (70cl, 52.2%)

This limited release 25 year old Speyside single malt was distilled at The Macallan in June 1993 and bottled for Douglas Laing’s Xtra Old Particular series in June 2018. Charged from single refill hogshead number 12609 at a natural strength 52.2% ABV, this is one of just 215 hand-filled bottles, and it flies well below the radar. 

You can find a Macallan bottled 25 Year Old whisky for well over £2000, so not only is this a relative bargain but an exceptional showcase of what high-end whisky is all about. The nose has rich spices and sweet vanilla cream. 

The palate is thick lemon meringue pie and clotted cream. The long finish shows caramel, even more vanilla and cereal that lingers for what seems like hours. Perfection.

 

Still looking for your perfect sip? Check out our complete range of Scotch whisky and whiskey from around the world for you to try.  

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