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The Most Popular Whiskey Brands of 2019

The whiskey brands below have been recognized as the best whiskey, bourbon and scotch in the world.

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Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskeyvia drizly.com

Roe & Co.

This brand pays homage to George Roe, a well-known whiskey maker of the 19th century. Released in March 2017, Roe & Co. is described as a “non-chill filtered Irish whiskey.” It’s bottled at 90 proof and emits soft notes of pear, apple and caramel. By the way, this is how to drink whiskey neat.

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Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskeyvia drizly.com

Teeling Single Grain

If you’re looking for a unique taste, Teeling Single Grain is the way to go. Following the distilling process, this Irish whiskey matures in California cabernet sauvignon casks. The result? An intense, fruity-tasting amber liquid.

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The Tryconnell 16-Year-Oldvia thetyrconnellwhiskey.com

The Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old

For years, The Tyrconnell has been turning out quality, cask-finished Irish whiskey. This single malt, however, is possibly the best the brand has created. Made entirely from Irish barley, this double-distilled whiskey is filled with flavors of warming vanilla, citrus, rounded spice and graham cracker. Searching for a new drink to call your own? These tasty cocktails are made with Irish whiskey.

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Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reservevia drizly.com

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

You’ve probably heard about Johnnie Walker in a song or two. There’s a reason sorrowful country singers chose JW—its smooth, refined taste. Celebrated by scotch drinkers everywhere, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is a harmonious blend of Speyside and Highland whisky with subtle woodsy notes.

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Arran Robert Burns Single Maltvia drizly.com

Arran Robert Burns Single Malt

In honor of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, Arran released a Scotch whisky in his name—the Arran Robert Burns Single Malt. Made at the award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery, the Arran Robert Burns Single Malt is perfect for sipping. It will leave you with sweet and creamy notes of toffee-glazed pecans, fresh summer fruits and honey.

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The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Oldvia drizly.com

Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old is a true Macallan classic. Aged in specially-selected sherry seasoned oak casks, this Scotch whisky offers a “richness and complexity” like no other. It’s perfect for serving to guests as an after-dinner drink.

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Jack Daniel's Rye Tennessee Whiskeyvia drizly.com

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey

Crafted using water from Lynchburg’s Cave Spring Hollow, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey is undeniably spicy, yet smooth enough to sip. Made with 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley, this rye whiskey will add a bit of a kick to your usual order. Want to get adventurous? Check out our best whiskey drinks to make at home.

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Ryevia drizly.com

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky is an award-winning, light-bodied dream that pairs well with just about anything. In 2016, it was awarded World Whisky of the Year from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible—making it the very first Canadian whisky to earn the title. In 2017, Crown claimed the title of Canadian Whisky of the Year.

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Redemption High Rye 10 Year Barrel Proofvia drizly.com

Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye

If heat is what you’re looking for, then Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye should be your first pick. Named one of Whiskey Advocate’s Top 10 Whiskeys to Try, Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye is the perfect combo of sage, dill and caramel.

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Evan Williams Bourbon Whiskey Black Labelvia drizly.com

Evan Williams Black Label

Don’t let its affordability fool you. Evan Williams Black Label is a bestselling Kentucky straight bourbon for a reason. It’s smooth, sweet and loaded with flavor—which is surprising for an 86 proof whiskey. If you’re easing yourself into the would of bourbon, I’d definitely recommend Evan Williams Black Label. It’s a bourbon you’ll actually want to drink. Interested in trying it out? Here’s our guide on how to make a mint julep.

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Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskyvia drizly.com

Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark is probably one of the most well-known bourbon whiskey brands out there. It’s easy to find and even easier to drink. Even people who don’t drink whiskey will recognize the iconic red wax-sealed bottle. Like Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark is a great way to get into bourbon without (unintentionally) assaulting your taste buds. What’s the difference between bourbon and whiskey?

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Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeyvia drizly.com

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Knob Creek is a full-proof, full-of-flavor bourbon. It’s robust, woody and unapologetic in taste. Despite its high proof, Knob Creek is sweet, with notes of caramel and maple. If you like flavorful bourbon with power, Knob Creek is the brand for you. Try it straight up, in an Old Fashioned or in a Boulevardier like this.

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Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whiskyvia drizly.com

Ballantine’s Finest

Created in 1910, Ballantine’s Finest blended Scotch whisky hits the spot whenever you’re in the mood for something that’s slightly sweet. Its complex yet elegant blend of both single malt and single grain whisky offers a gentle nose of honey, vanilla and fresh bread. See all the types of whiskey you need to know.

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hibikivia suntory.com

Suntory Hibiki 21-Year-Old

This year, Suntory’s Hibiki 21-Year-Old won the title of World’s Best Blended Whisky for the sixth time. Judges describe this blended Japanese whisky as “elegant, sweet and complex. This whisky is full of dried fruit, orange peel, strawberry jam and baked apple from start to finish.” What’s not to love about that?

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jpwisers,whiskeyvia drizly.com

J.P Wiser’s 35-Year-Old

Made with bourbon barrel-aged corn whisky and virgin oak-aged rye whisky, J.P. Wiser’s 35-Year-Old Canadian Whisky offers creamy, soft and fruity notes. This blended gem is so tasty, it nearly sold out within three months of its release. It’s no wonder J.P Wiser’s 35 Year Old won the title of Canadian Whisky of the Year. You’ll have to take a trip for this one, though—it’s only for sale in Ontario.

Tabitha Britt
Tabitha earned her master's degree in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism from the The New School. She enjoys writing about food, fashion, and other lifestyle topics (especially potato-related news). In her spare time, she likes to check out hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Brooklyn, try out weird new foods, and drink a ridiculous amount of coffee.

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