In every issue of Whisky Advocate, we select three bottles to recommend as collectibles: whiskies that are generally limited releases and show the most potential to gain in value. For Spring 2020, the top choices came from Ireland and Kentucky.
For all whiskies reviewed in the Spring 2020 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.
COLLECTIBLE IRISH WHISKEY AND BOURBON: SPRING 2020
Midleton Very Rare 2019 Blended Irish Whiskey
94 points, 40% ABV, $220
A classic with its nose of toffee, vanilla, treacle tarts, and fragrant pot still spices. Initially, flavors of green apple, red fruits, toffee, nimble spices, caramel, and vanilla before a minty master class: rubbed mint leaves become peppermint, developing into After Eight mints, then cool mints. Taste for a minute or more for the full experience. The smooth finish has clove, pepper, and bitter dark chocolate.—Jonny McCormick
Old Fitzgerald 15 year old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2019 Release)
94 points, 50% ABV, $150
A rich aroma dominated by vanilla, pralines, and cola showcases well-integrated wood that smacks of tobacco, candied nuts, and dark chocolate. The palate is similarly rich, full, and sultry-smooth, with no perceptible alcohol heat, just heaps of brown sugar, seductive spice, and fine leather. The maturity and refinement here are lovely to behold—fruit, spice, and earth, draped over crystalline sweetness.—Jeffery Lindenmuth
Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Port Barrel-Finished Bourbon (2019 Release)
93 points, 61.2% ABV, $200
An enchanting and somewhat racy nose, with blackberries, cherries, concord grapes, brown sugar, apple crumble, leather, iced tea, and polished oak; though the port finish is evident, it doesn’t smother the bourbon’s core character, which comes through with corn muffin and peanuts. Nutty grain asserts itself on the palate as well, set off by dark fruit and chocolate, ample spice, pecan pie, and cherry cough syrup. The lengthy finish is peppery, and pops with chocolate, cough syrup, roasted pecans, and warm spices. (14,000 bottles)—Susannah Skiver Barton