Toronto Whisky Society’s Whiskies of the Year 2018

2018 was a fantastic year for the Toronto Whisky Society (TWS), between hosting a number of wonderful tastings, visiting distilleries, reviewing whiskies, and of course all the great social events with members. It would be a waste to have all these great whisky lovers and not ask them for their whiskies of the year!

Read below to see what whiskies were the highlights for a number of  the more active TWS members (alphabetical order):

Boyd86:

  • Scotch: Speyside 44 1973 The Whisky Agency
  • American Whiskey: Stagg Jr. Batch 9
  • World Whisky: Redbreast 21

Bryan Vanderkruk:

  • Scotch: Laphroaig 18 1987 Old Malt Cask
  • American Whiskey: King’s County Empire Rye
  • World Whisky: Hanyu The Joker

Connor Slack:

  • Scotch: Macallan 18 2016
  • American Whiskey: Henry McKenna 10 Year BIB
  • World Whisky: Redbreast 12

Devin:

  • Scotch: Archives 1998 Speyside
  • American Whiskey: Thomas H. Handy 2015
  • World Whisky: Amrut Spectrum 005

Devoz:

  • Scotch: Auchentoshan 1979
  • American Whisky: Four Roses 16 Year Single Barrel
  • World Whisky: Lot 40 12 Year Cask Strength

DistillAsian:

  • Scotch: Port Charlotte 14 2004 Distillery Tour Mouton Rothschild
  • American Whiskey: Parker’s Heritage Collection 10
  • World Whisky: Powers John’s Lane

Jeremy:

  • Scotch: Mortlach 31 G&M
  • American Whiskey: Booker’s Rye
  • World Whisky: Amrut Spectrum 005

Jolarbear:

  • Scotch: Compass Box No Name
  • American Whiskey: Maker’s Mark CS Store Pick
  • World Whisky: Amount Spectrum 005

Kinohead:

  • Scotch: BenRiach 27 1985 Ex-Bourbon Single Cask
  • American Whiskey: Four Roses Single Barrel (standard 50% abv)
  • World Whisky: Lot 40 12 Year Cask Strength

Mike A.

  • Scotch: Black Art 04.1
  • American Whiskey: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
  • World Whisky: Amrut 5 Year Peated Port Pipe Single Cask

Smoked_Herring:

  • Scotch: Ardmore 1979 Old Malt Cask
  • American Whiskey: Four Roses 125th Anniversary Small Batch Cask Strength
  • World Whisky: Tie 1) Wiser’s 35 Year Old Cask Strength Barrel Sample (60% ABV) and 2) Yoichi Sherry and Sweet Cask Strength

Throzen:

  • Scotch: Speyside 44  1973 The Whisky Agency
  • American Whiskey: Thomas H. Handy 2016
  • World Whisky: Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength

Tim W:

  • Scotch: Tie between 1) Fettercairn 1988 28 The Whisky Agency and Auchentoshan  17 SMWS 5.62
  • American Whiskey: Stagg Jr. Batch 10
  • World Whisky: Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls

TOModera:

  • Scotch: Speyside 44 1973 The Whisky Agency
  • American Whiskey: Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch
  • World Whisky: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2011

WDMC-905:

  • Scotch: Stronachie 31 1976
  • American Whiskey: George T. Stagg 2017
  • World Whisky: Amrut Spectrum 004

It was a great year for TWS members to try new, exciting and diverse whiskies. Members ended up loving whiskies from countries all over the world, from widely available releases to extremely old and rare single casks. You never know what whiskies you will fall in love with next, so keep trying new releases.

Looking forward to another year of trying new and exciting whiskies.

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