With the end of every year comes time to reflect on what the past 12 months have brought us. The good people over at Whisky Advocate obviously feel the same way. Which is why they looked over the past year of special releases in this field – putting together a list of the top 20 whiskies from 2017 – and naming Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517 as the number 1 whiskey of the year.
This Kentucky Straight Bourbon clocks in at a respectable barrel proof ABV of 62.1 percent. In short, this is Elijah Craig’s 12 Year bourbon – even though the age statement has been dropped – boasting notes of leathery oak, caramel, fall/winter spices and tobacco leaves. And B517? That number denotes the batch number for the whiskey that was tasted – indicating which of the three yearly batches the whiskey came from. The other 19 picks can be found in order on the Whisky Advocate site and range from Kentucky ryes to Indian single malts.