In each issue of Whisky Advocate, the editors select three great value bottles: whiskies with solid scores, modest prices, and wide availability. For the Spring 2020 issue, an Irish single pot still, a blended scotch, and a Tennessee whiskey qualified as Best Values.
For all whiskies reviewed in the Spring 2020 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.
BEST BANG FOR BUCK WHISKIES: SPRING 2020
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still
93 points, 43% ABV, $45
The follow up to Small Batch rye, this single pot still is double-distilled at the historic Kilbeggan Distillery with a mashbill containing 2.5% oats, inspired by a Locke family recipe from the late 1800s. Pot still spices hit the nose first, with candied peel, baked peach, apricot, creamy vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground pepper. Flavors of orange, apricot, cake, and vanilla combat fizzing pot still spices. Sublimely good Irish whiskey.—Jonny McCormick
Chivas Regal 13 year old Manchester United Limited Edition Blended Scotch
91 points, 40% ABV, $35
Bottled in recognition of Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarkable thirteen league soccer titles, this scotch does him proud. Juicy citrus, aromatic spices, and vanilla pudding; the nose is enveloped with milk chocolate aromas and further spiciness. The blend was selectively finished in American rye barrels, and the flavors crescendo through orange, malt, chocolate, mint, and pepper, with some rye spices that usher in a lengthy, spicy finish. Blissfully good.—Jonny McCormick
George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey
91 points, 43% ABV, $46
A lovely nose of overripe pears and baked apple is drizzled with caramel and toffee sweetness, then veers into bakeshop notes of sticky-bun pastry. The rich, mouth-coating palate piles on more sweet fruit and tarte Tatin, with flavors of mocha, peanut chocolate bars, and lemongrass lending complexity. Drying tannins, toasted almond, and sandalwood bring home the finish.—Jeffery Lindenmuth