updated 11-28-17
2017 TOP 100 WINES  Special Feature

WHISKEY ADVOCATE TOP 20
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INTRODUCTION
WHISKY ADVOCATE TOP 20
Wine Spectator‛s spirits partner, Whisky Advocate, just released its Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 list. Of the twenty, fifteen are listed by the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Availability of top spirits via the LCC is irregular, so expect delays in fulfillment. We keep a waiting list for the best of the best and usually score some of each sooner or later.

s1125-102. ELIJAH CRAIG BARREL PROOF KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛As bourbon matures in new charred oak barrels over time, it approaches a perilous point when the oak dominates the flavor. To sip Elijah Craig at 12 years of age-at full barrel proof, without dilution or filtering-is to taste bourbon at its apex, so dangerously close to going over the crest of the hill, yet delivering a massive mouthful of incredibly robust flavors that drape leathery oak over a gooey caramel core, sprinkled with baking spice, while candied nuts and tobacco leaf notes appear on a drying finish dusted with cocoa.‛
How Many: 59.99 each

s1125-103. GLENMORANGIE ASTAR HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Glenmorangie Astar returns after a five-year absence. Astar is matured in custom toasted casks made from slow-growing trees on north-facing slopes in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The barrels harbor bourbon for four years before heading to Glenmorangie. That level of provenance doesn't come cheap, which is why the original Astar was discontinued in 2012, just four years after its acclaimed appearance. The exquisite Glenmorangie aromas and flavors-floral, with rose hips and orange blossom-are dialed up to new levels of intensity, while the voluptuous and sweet palate exudes harmony and balance.‛
How Many: 99.99 each

s1125-104. WILD TURKEY MASTER‛S KEEP KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Wild Turkey often exhibits a delightful earthiness, and when earth meets sweet in whiskey, it's a beautiful thing. Wild Turkey Master's Keep Decades achieves a rich texture where deep-tilled soil, fresh-cut grass, and mushrooms meet leather and dark chocolate, followed by dill, oregano, and oak. Caramel and vanilla explode over a heavy dose of cinnamon. Master distiller Eddie Russell mingled barrels ranging from 10 to 20 years old in order to strike this balance and complexity. His method displays the potential of combining extremely old stocks into batches with younger barrels to build a great whiskey.‛
How Many: 14.9.99 each

s1125-105. LAGAVULIN 12 YEAR OLD ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Conventional wisdom suggests that Lagavulin is at its peak at 16 years of age. However, this superlative 12 year old confirms why many consumers like their Lagavulin younger. This is Lagavulin at its very best: bold, yet complex and satisfying; full of character, with smoky, savory, maritime, sweet vanilla, and fruit notes all merging into a balanced and eminently drinkable whole. It takes a few drops of water well, releasing burnt grass aromas and more palate sweetness.‛
How Many: 139.99 each

s1125-106. ARDBEG AN OA ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Ardbeg doles out occasional limited releases for their avid fans, but for nearly a decade the core range consisted of just three whiskies: 10 year old, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan. The addition of An Oa, matured in a combination of virgin oak, Pedro Ximénez sherry, and bourbon barrels, and married in a French oak `gathering vat' prior to bottling, marks a reason to celebrate. An Oa is a more approachable Ardbeg. It lacks some of the typical oiliness, but flavor and complexity abound with hot peat, black tea, and peppery cloves. Die-hard Ardbeg fans should have no complaints, and new converts have a real treat in store.‛
How Many: 59.99 each

s1125-107. TAMDU BATCH STRENGTH SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Historically used for blending, Tamdhu flies under the radar of many scotch aficionados. But this underappreciated Speyside whisky compares well with more famous sherry bombs by offering a sweet, savory, slightly funky depth. At first sniff, Tamdhu seems like it might knock you out with one blow-but this gentle giant is a lover, not a fighter. Viscous and meaty, this cask-strength stunner reveals dried fruit, dark chocolate ganache, ginger spice, and saline minerality, thundering softly into a long finish.‛
How Many: 89.99 each

s1125-108. BRUICHLADDICH ISLAY BARLEY ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Terroir and provenance are keenly debated in many corners of the whisky world, and Bruichladdich shows intense focus on the question with Islay Barley, which uses only locally grown grain. The 2017 release was distilled in 2010, using Optic and Oxbridge barley varieties grown on eight Islay family farms and matured in a combination of French oak and bourbon casks. In addition to Islay Barley's ambitious pursuit of true single-origin whisky, this is a real gem for its ginger and tobacco aromas, muscular mouthfeel, and flavors of toffee, spices, and youthful oak.‛
How Many: 64.99 each

s1125-109. LITTLE BOOK THE EASY KENTUCKY BLENDED STRAIGHT WHISKEY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛By focusing exclusively on high-quality straight whiskeys, without neutral spirits, Little Book is a fine example of America's new era of blends. It includes all straight whiskeys: 4 year old bourbon, 13 year old corn, 5 year old 100% malt, and 5 year old rye. Like Booker's bourbon, Little Book is uncut and unfiltered, to preserve the full flavor. The dominant note, cornbread, still allows the malt's sweetness and the rye's spice to come through. This is the first release from Freddie Noe, son of Beam master distiller Fred Noe and grandson of the late Booker Noe himself. It's an impressive and unconventional debut, as Freddie prepares to continue the Beam legacy.‛
How Many: 79.99 each

s1125-110. SHEEP DIP ISLAY BLENDED MALT WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Deftly blending the power and grace of popular Islay malts, this whisky offers a sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke on the nose. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, swathes of toasted spice, sweeping malty notes, delicious chocolate, and burnt caramel. The wafting smoke builds formidably, until it engulfs the back of the palate. Sheep Dip whisky may have been around since the 1970s, but this latest creation maps out the best of modern Islay styles to great effect. A triumphant, approachable blend that shows great strength of purpose, yet remains full of charm.‛
How Many: 59.99 each

s1125-111. HIGH WEST CAMPFIRE WHISKEY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛An oddball that crosses the divide between American whiskey and scotch by literally mixing the two, Campfire combines straight Indiana rye, straight Indiana bourbon, and peated blended malt scotch, marrying them together in heavily toasted French and Hungarian oak wine barrels. The scotch adds hearty, meaty flavors to the dry, spicy, and rich bourbon and rye. This is a robust and beefy whiskey, with smoke reminiscent of Southern barbecue. Earlier releases of this ambitious whiskey didn't quite hit the mark. Now, it's right on target.‛
How Many: 64.99 each

s1125-112. MACALLAN DOUBLE CASK 12 YEAR OLD HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Two oaks are better than one in this single malt, which marries whiskies matured in sherry-seasoned casks of both American and European oak. The sherry imparts aromas of raisins, figs, hazelnuts, blanched almonds, candied orange peel, and leather. A backbone of vanilla sweetness on the palate supports layers of ginger and white pepper, dark chocolate, leather, raisins, toasted hazelnuts, and orange oil. This Macallan joins the core line between the Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges. Warming and rich without being syrupy, it doubles up on accessibility with its balance and remarkably affordable price for its quality and age.‛
How Many: 64.99 each

s1125-113. CROWN ROYAL NOBLE COLLECTION WINE BARREL FINISHED BLENDED CANADIAN WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Until recently, Crown Royal, Canada's best-selling whisky, took a conservative approach to limited-edition releases. The annual Noble Collection is a promising taste of the innovation underway at the Gimli, Manitoba distillery, which includes experiments with single grain wheat whisky, single malts, and more. This first venture into cask finishing uses Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. It is still Crown Royal, but on top of the bourbonesque vanillas and woody notes, rich red fruits jump from the glass. A new direction that moves Crown Royal into the realm of big, beautiful whiskies.‛
How Many: 59.99 each

s1125-114. CHIVAS REGAL ULTIS BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛The first blended malt to carry the Chivas Regal name was created as a tribute to the legacy of the five master blenders, from Charles Howard in 1895 to Colin Scott. Malts from five of Pernod Ricard's Speyside distilleries (Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval) were used to create intricate and elaborate flavors. Even more enchanting than the story are the aromas of fresh red apple, cherry, peach, and mango, mingled with cinnamon and dry heather. This luxurious whisky delivers dark vanilla, soft fruits, chocolate-dipped Brazil nuts, and is cloaked in sumptuous layers of caramel, wood spices, and gingersnaps. Outstanding.‛
How Many: 239.99 each

s1125-115. COMPASS BOX SPICE TREE EXTRAVAGANZA BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Following the Spice Tree recipe of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, and 20% Teaninich, Extravaganza's core was matured for more than four additional years in light/medium toast, refill, and heavy toast hybrid casks of American and French oak. Finally, sherry-matured Glen Ord, Benrinnes, and Allt-a-Bhainne were added to the mix. The elaborate process is typical of maverick blender John Glaser, but it's his results that count. Flavors of peanut brittle, toasted coconut, and pale, light sherry translate into a delicious honeyed palate of caramelized sugar, red apple, and red berry fruit. Ginger and clove provide further rigor before a finish of incendiary spices.‛
How Many: 124.99 each

s1125-116. FUKANO 2017 EDITION JAPANESE RICE WHISKY
Whisky Advocate Top 20: ‛Japanese rice whiskies enjoy a cult following for their delicate flavors. This Fukano stands out with its ethereal fruity delights, the result of meticulous vigilance to preserve the spirit's subtle nature. It brings a supple nose of lychee, ripe peaches, Smarties, watermelon, allspice, and white pepper. A light, slightly syrupy texture is underscored by watermelon and raspberry as it unwraps peach, nectarines, rhubarb, and custard candy, fruit Life Savers, stewed fruits, red berries, and light citrus. Fukano promises to broaden our whisky horizons.‛
How Many: 79.99 each

TERMS & CONDITIONS
WHISKY ADVOCATE TOP 20
Availability irregular, expect delays
State minimum pricing, no further discount available
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