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Let us help you find your new favorite whiskey bottle for your home bar. This centuries-old brown spirit was once known to the world as aqua vitae, which translates from Latin to mean “the water of life.”

From Kentucky to Kyoto, discover the top ten whiskeys from around the globe, perfect for every collection. You really can't go wrong with any of these!

Here are some of the best whiskeys you can get your hands on. Are you more of a Scotch fan? No worries, we have a whole page dedicated to the best 10 scotches.

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  1. Angel's Envy Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey

    Proof100 (50% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    84%
    9
    Angel’s Envy Rye Finished in Plantation XO Rum Casks is released just twice each year in the autumn and spring. The rum casks were previously used to age French cognac, which adds an additional layer of complexity on the palate. It’s a collision of bold flavors as the raw, spicy rye mingles with the mellow sweetness of the rum, culminating in a uniquely delicious spirit.

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    Copper-reddish hue. Aroma of citrus, caramel, maple and rock candy. Initial notes of sherry, soft oak and cane sugar are complemented by touches of spicy rye, brown sugar and cinnamon, and lead to a warming finish.
    $81.99
  2. Crown Royal Blenders' Mash

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    9
    In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made history when they became the first reigning monarchs to journey across North America, traveling from Quebec City to Vancouver by train. Prior to their arrival, a local entrepreneur set out to craft a whisky that the King and Queen could enjoy in the privacy of their rail car.

    After sampling over 600 different blends of whisky, and scouring through hundreds of different types of glass, labels, and bottles, the entrepreneur created what he believed to be the perfect whisky and called it Crown Royal. At the beginning of their journey, the King and Queen were gifted ten cases of the whisky from Canada to enjoy on their journey.

    The traditional Crown Royal is a bountiful blend of 50 different whiskies that are married harmoniously into a single expression. This Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel is a break from the norm, allowing connoisseurs to experience the foundation of one of the most famous whiskies in the world, the cornerstone of their classic blend: their Coffey Rye.

    The majority of Canadian whiskies are comprised of a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley. These grains are then mashed, fermented and distilled, at which point they are aged in new oak barrels. Crown Royal Blenders' Mash Canadian Whisky is a unique release from their "blenders' series."

    The "Blenders' Mash" whisky is comprised of five unique whiskies, blended by the masters at Crown Royal. The blend is aged in new charred American oak barrels before being aged in ex-bourbon casks. Expect pleasant, sweet, warming notes of oak and vanilla all throughout.

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    Sweet vanilla notes, oakiness, warm, sweet notes of caramelized nuts on the nose and palate. The finish is bold with peppery spice.
    $60.99
  3. WhistlePig Whiskey Homestock

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    7
    Crafted in the time of social distancing, WhistlePig Homestock Whiskey was created by the community, including Flaviar members and industry professionals. The exciting experiment had WhistlePig fans working on blends together with "Blend Your Own" whiskey kits and instructions sent to enthusiasts worldwide.

    The data was then analyzed by Masted Blender Pete Lynch who picked 3 of the most popular styles. The tasting and voting took place via a live stream and a winner was picked by the fans from the comfort of their homes. It's a blend of 4-year-old rye whiskey and 5-year-old wheat and barley whiskeys that is pleasantly sweet and spicy, as well as wholly unique.

    The winner also came as a surprise, as it comprised 45% rye, 30% wheat, and 25% barley. "HomeStock is a truly special blend for us, not only due to how it was made but it’s the first time we’re releasing a whiskey that features something other than Rye. We’re thrilled that this blend got voted as the winner, it could be a sign of things to come from us in the future as a natural extension of our famed FarmStock range," says WhistlePig CEO Jeff Kozak.

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    A pleasant sweetness and WhistlePig's signature rye spice are balanced masterfully in the profile. It's fruity and sweet on the nose with vanilla, orange peel, and pipe tobacco notes. Toffee, baking spices, nuts, and berries are on the palate and the finish is long and spicy.
    $84.99
  4. Jameson 18 Year Old Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    92%
    4
    Jameson Irish Whiskey is crafted from a mash of malted and unmalted barley that is triple-distilled — just as it was by John Jameson himself centuries ago — through three separate copper-pot stills: a wash still, feint still and finally a spirit still. The mash itself is made using barley, maize and pure Irish water, further adding to the unique character of the whiskey.

    Jameson 18 Year Old Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey is a special blend of three whiskies that have each aged at least 18 years in hand-selected American bourbon and European oak casks in Jameson's Midleton warehouse. As a result of its 18 year beauty rest, the whiskey's nose opens with spicy oak and toffee, which is followed by more toffee and fudge notes on the palate, as well as subtle hints of sherry. Just before being bottled, the whiskey is finished in first-fill bourbon casks, which leads to a smooth, vanilla finish, brightened by previous notes of toffee and caramel.

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    Nose opens with spicy oak and toffee, which is followed by more toffee and fudge notes on the palate, as well as subtle hints of sherry. The bourbon cask finishing leads to a smooth, vanilla finish, brightened by previous notes of toffee and caramel.
    $169.99
  5. Orphan Barrel Fable & Folly 14 Year Old Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    80%
    1
    Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is a dedicated cause, acquiring some of the rarest casks from some of the finest whiskey cellars, and releasing them into the world as a cascade of limited edition, barrel-aged ambrosia. In 2013 bourbon and Tennessee whiskey were labeled the fastest growing product category by volume in the U.S. alcohol business.

    The Orphan bottling project was more or less an ingenious response to this boom in the whiskey industry, and an effort to accommodate the vast quantities of leftover product from their monopoly of acquisitions. When Diageo didn't have a place for the acquired product in their blends, they set the spirits aside. Time transformed this new spirit into aged delicacies. In 2013, Orphan Barrel Whiskey was created by Diageo, commercializing a large stock of ultra-aged American whiskeys that it had been maturing at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Shively Kentucky.

    Orphan Barrel Fable & Folly had their master blender Andrew Mackay put together the last remaining Orphan Barrel stocks of Barterhouse, Forged Oak, and several Rhetoric releases. These were married with aged rye and corn whiskeys, resulting in a beautifully mature 14-year-old whiskey. Bottled at 90 proof, it's a rich, creamy, and spicy expression with sweet and fruity notes.

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    The nose is mature with oak, antique furniture, and rye spice. The palate is smooth and creamy with the rye spice and pepper giving way to rich syrup, caramel, and fruit notes that linger through the oaky finish with a hint of dried fruit.
    $206.99
  6. Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Aged Cask Strength Whisky

    Proof106 (53% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    87%
    1
    Kaiyo is a Japanese Mizunara oak aged whisky. What makes this spirit so special is the bespoke oak barrel selection. Mizunara oak is some of the most expensive wood available. The impeccable character of the wood imparts distinctive notes onto every spirit. However, its delicate wood grain nature makes it quite challenging to cooper.

    Kaiyo whisky is aged in handmade, bespoke Mizunara oak casks. These barrels are crafted from slow growth, air-seasoned wood from hand-selected trees. After the whisky is aged, it is finished at sea, imparting even more distinctive character the spirit. This unique sea voyage departs from Osaka Japan, and the journey can take up to 3 months.
     
    This whisky gets its exquisite character first and foremost from the Mizunara oak. The oak’s lactones ratio and vanilla impart sweet, spicy, exotic notes of incense, sandalwood, and coconut. Other notes like tea and subtle hints of citrus appear all throughout the nose and palate.

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    Citrus peel, vanilla, banana, pineapple and tea leaves on the nose. The palate is subtle and smooth with sweet vanilla, fruit, silky dark chocolate, and an oaky presence. The finish is elegantly spiced with notes of tea.
    $97.99
  7. Brenne Estate Cask French Single Malt Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    93%
    2
    Made from 100% organic heirloom estate-grown barley from Cognac, France, Brenne Estate Cask is twice-distilled in a copper alembic still – as opposed to pot stills, traditionally used for single malts – and it's cut to proof with water from the Charente River. The world's first single malt aged exclusively in a combination of French Limousin oak and Cognac casks, Brenne Estate Cask is matured between 6-8 years. Greeting with aromas of perfumed fruit and French patisserie, this creamy and fruit-forward whisky offers complex sugar notes of rich crème brûlée and burnt caramel, banana, tropical fruits, and warm spices. Best enjoyed neat or in a Parisian Highball.

    Brenne French Single Malt Whisky – Estate Cask was awarded Double Gold at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirit Competition and 93 points by Wine Enthusiast.

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    After the initial nose of almond, vanilla, tree fruits and dark chocolate, this elegant and creamy whisky offers complex sugar notes of rich crème brûlée and burnt caramel, banana, tropical fruits, and warm spices. Long finish.
    $59.99
  8. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

    Proof84 (42% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    1
    Glendalough is an idyllic little town in eastern Ireland. Gaelic for "valley of two lakes," it was said to have been founded by a man named Saint Cóemgen — also known as Saint Kevin. The Glendalough Distillery, Ireland’s first new craft distillery, was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland.

    The 18th & 19th centuries there were the glory days of the Irish whiskey industry, with over 200 licensed distilleries in all of Ireland. There were also countless unlicensed distilleries at the time, producing diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. But through a series of unfortunate events, the Irish Whiskey Industry dried to a trickle in the 1970’s.

    Glendalough Distillery is part of a revival of this Irish heritage. Their philosophy is "to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors." Glendalough started out making poitín — the traditional Irish distillate made in small pot stills. From there they seamlessly transitioned to whiskey production, and most recently, seasonal, wild botanical gins. All of their production is handmade.

    This unique single grain, is a light and floral whiskey distilled in a Coffey still from a mash bill of Irish malted barley and corn. "It spends three and a half years in American oak first-fill Bourbon barrels before being finished for six months in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. The Bourbon barrels impart deep, robust chocolate and caramel notes, while the Oloroso casks lighten the palate with fruitier notes and touches of nutty tones. With both barrels being oak, you get that beautiful vanilla thread you’d expect to run through an Irish whiskey. Both barrels are porous too, allowing Ireland’s temperate, maritime air through to make its impression" (producer).

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    The nose is slight but undoubtedly rich with dark fruit; cherry, raisin, fig (with Christmas pudding notes on the nose for those lucky enough to know what that is) along with floral lemongrass and a touch of nutmeg. Sweet and creamy on the palate, with butterscotch, honey and peppercorn bringing along sweet Bourbon Cask notes with dried fruit returning through notes of maraschino cherries and a pinch of brown sugar. The finish has lingering notes of ginger spices with a faint glimmer of almond to end a complex Irish Whiskey from start to finish.
    $24.99
  9. Mercer + Prince Blended Canadian Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rakim Athelaston Mayers, also known as A$AP Rocky, is a renowned rapper and record producer with 3 albums, several hit singles, and numerous awards and nominations under his belt. He has been on a spirits discovery journey for a decade, becoming fascinated with the distilling practices of different whiskies. The journey led to his realization that he possesses the knowledge and passion to create a spirit that would honor traditional practices while disrupting the industry at the same time. He partnered with Global Brand Equities and E & J Gallo, bringing to life Mercer + Prince, a blended Canadian whisky.

    Released in 2022, the whisky is double-distilled on Coffey stills. It then spends at least 4 years in ex-bourbon American white oak casks, imparting the spirit with sweet aromatics. Japanese Mizunara oak casks add making spice notes as well as a richness and robustness that further differentiate the whisky from similar Canadian counterparts. The blended whisky is bottled at 80 proof and features a complex profile with a fruity nose and caramel, vanilla, baked apple, and cinnamon on the palate. The bottle was designed with both artistic appeal and functionality in mind. It can easily rest on its side and has 2 integrated acrylic cups, meaning you can share a dram with a friend at any time.

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    It's a complex whisky with a fruity and sweet nose with a touch of brown sugar. Look for vanilla, dark caramel, prominent baked apple, and cinnamon on the palate, culminating in a smooth finish.
    $29.99
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