Dive deep into the bourbon black market, where illegal reselling of in-demand bottles runs rampant, frustrating law enforcement and many whisky lovers. Explore the burgeoning renaissance of Irish single pot still whiskey, and discover the “imposters” that hide in plain sight on the liquor store shelf. Whip up a champagne-whisky cocktail, and meet America’s whiskey-supporting craftspeople.
Whisky is great, but what makes it better? The company of friends. This Special Issue, available on newsstands and delivered as a bonus to Whisky Advocate subscribers, dives deep into the phenomenon of whisky clubs. Draw inspiration from the experiences of numerous diverse clubs across the world, and find tips and resources for starting your own.
A year’s worth of reviews culminates in the 2019 Top 20, including Whisky of the Year. Find a new favorite bottle before exploring the country’s best whiskey distillery cocktail bars. Discover the statewide movements to define unique whiskey styles, and learn how 50 year old scotch makes it to the half-century mark. Try out a new cocktail recipe, and pair your whisky with cookies.
Step up your hospitality with our entertaining guide, offering hosting tips, party themes, menu ideas, and plenty of recommended bottles. Explore Scotland’s whisky regions, discover wild-fermentation whiskies, and learn all about triple-distillation. Plus, find a few new whiskies to try in the Buying Guide, offering over 150 reviews of scotch, bourbon, and more.
Uncork a bottle and discover the world’s greatest whisky cities, from Edinburgh to Dublin, Louisville to Osaka, and beyond. Refresh your summer drinking game with blended scotches—and with frozen whisky cocktails. Become distiller for a day, get tips on pairing whisky and ice cream, and learn how warm climates create amazing single malts.
Go all-in on rye whiskey with our guide to the rye renaissance, the innovators making rye around the world—and in your backyard—and the stash of amazing ryes that come from Canada’s leading distillers. Experiment with rye in cocktails, explore cask-strength scotch, and be sure to make a list of the whiskies, rye or otherwise, that you must try from our Buying Guide.
Explore the Top 20 whiskies of 2018, including the Whisky of the Year, and plan to make 2019 your best whisky year yet. Take a trip to France, where innovative distillers are crafting amazing single malts and other styles. Pull back the veil on private-label whiskies from big box stores and find out which bottles offer the best bang for your buck.
Go deep into the peat bog with our guide to exploring all the nuances of smoky whisky, from its gentlest examples to the heaviest hitters. Learn why you really love—or really hate—peaty drams. Learn to pair whisky and cigars, and discover the American distillers smoking grains with native woods for unique, exciting flavors.
Make whisky a part of your next adventure, whether it’s surfing, fishing, or exploring America’s national parks. Plan a quick trip to Canada, which makes amazing whiskies that never leave the country, and discover Speyside, Scotland’s premier single malt region. Find out the techniques that make blended Irish whiskeys so delicious, and get an insider’s take on the best bargain bourbons.
Whisky has never been more exciting than it is right now. Meet the innovators who are transforming what’s in the glass, from producers using “alternative aging” methods to distillers experimenting with grains, smoking, blending, and more. Travel the globe with whiskies from Australia, Iceland, Corsica, Indonesia, and beyond—and zero in on the best single malts from Scotland’s coastal regions.
Discover the Top 20 most exciting whiskies of 2017, take a look back at a year full of whisky, and then set your sights ahead to more whisky in the year to come. Find out which American whiskeys you should be collecting now, and explore the single malts of India and craft distilleries of Japan.