When it came to naming the Whisky of the Year in the 2018 Top 20, one contender stood out for its balance, complexity, and elegance—hallmarks of the best Japanese whiskies. A blend of over 100 different malt and grain whiskies, Nikka From The Barrel showcases the blender’s skill at its peak. Widely available and priced at $65 on the shelf, this whisky proved itself worthy of our number-one spot. For more details about Nikka From The Barrel and the other 2018 winners, check out the full Top 20 list.
This virtual tasting features two examples of bottled in bond whiskey—that is, American whiskey from one distillation season and one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, then bottled at exactly 100 proof.
This sommelier-led virtual tasting features two innovative American whiskies from Blackened that showcase how this brand uniquely utilizes black brandy finishing and Metallica-fueled sonic enhancement to create truly one-of-a-kind bourbon/rye blends.