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As a new year unfolds, whisky enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate the release of new and exciting expressions from their favorite distilleries. Maltbook.com’s expert community, comprising some of the most knowledgeable and passionate whisky lovers, has compiled a list of the top 10 must-try whiskies of 2023. These exceptional drams showcase the diversity and creativity of the whisky world, from well-established distilleries to emerging craft producers.
1. GlenDronach 25 Year Old Grandeur -
This opulent, sherry-aged expression from GlenDronach is a testament to the distillery’s expertise in crafting exquisite single malts. With rich flavors of dark chocolate, plum, and spice, it’s a luxurious dram worth savoring.
2. Ardbeg Scorch
Hailing from the iconic Islay distillery, Ardbeg Scorch delivers a bold, peaty experience with notes of charcoal, smoked meat, and dark fruit. This limited edition release is a must-try for fans of heavily peated whiskies.
3. Compass Box No Name No. 3
The third installment in Compass Box’s No Name series, this blend combines the best of both peated and unpeated whiskies, resulting in a complex and intriguing dram with flavors of ripe fruit, smoke, and spice.
4. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique
This award-winning Taiwanese whisky from Kavalan is aged in American oak wine casks, imparting rich flavors of tropical fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. It’s a unique and delightful addition to any whisky collection.
5. The Macallan Concept No. 3
The latest release in The Macallan’s Concept series, Concept No. 3 showcases the distillery’s innovation and artistry, combining whiskies aged in a variety of cask types to create a harmonious and multi-layered experience.
6. Glenfiddich Winter Storm 23 Year Old
Aged in Canadian ice wine casks, this experimental release from Glenfiddich offers a remarkable balance of sweetness and complexity, with flavors of candied fruit, honey, and oak.
7. Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Finish
This limited edition Bunnahabhain release, finished in rare Palo Cortado sherry casks, boasts a stunning array of flavors, including salted caramel, dried fruit, and toasted nuts.
8. High West Midwinter Night's Dram
A rye whiskey from High West Distillery, this expression is aged in French oak port barrels, lending it a unique and warming character perfect for sipping on a cold winter’s night.
9. Daftmill 2006 Single Cask
Hailing from a small farm distillery in Scotland, this highly sought-after Daftmill release showcases the exceptional quality and character of the distillery’s single cask expressions, featuring notes of stone fruit, citrus, and floral undertones.
10. Nikka Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish
This Japanese whisky from Nikka’s Miyagikyo distillery has been finished in apple brandy casks, adding a touch of fruitiness and sweetness to its already elegant profile. It’s an exceptional dram that demonstrates the versatility and creativity of Japanese whisky.
With these top 10 must-try whiskies of 2023, Maltbook.com’s expert community has highlighted the vast range of flavors, styles, and stories that the whisky world has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious newcomer, these exceptional drams are sure to delight and inspire your whisky journey.