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14.12.22

Our Best Drams of 2022!

Every week, the team at Whisky and Alement sits down to taste the ten or more new bottles being added to the bar.

The list is ever evolving, ever-changing as at least whiskies and other spirits are finished and more added to the menu to replace them weekly. With well over 500 new bottles added to the bar throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track of favourites! In 2017 an in-house scoring system was introduced to help collate our favourite spirits of the week. We’ve only once previously released a list of the top rated spirits (2019) when we decided that our favourites should be celebrated and shared. Covid threw a spanner in the works and put a temporary stop to our tasting regime over the last couple of years, but now we’re back with a new list of 2022’s best! This year’s list was dominated by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Vaults Collection of old and rare whiskies, high proof and high ester rums, American whiskies, satirical bottler The Whisky Sponge and Australian newcomer Dramfool.

Without further ado, we’re excited to announce Whisky & Alement’s Best Drams of 2022!


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Vaults bottlings dominated, taking out almost 25% of the list!

Best Drams of 2022

  1. 20/4/22 – Port Charlotte 18yr 2003 1st fill Bourbon cask Whisky Sponge – 95
  2. 20/7/22 – SMWS ‘The Loom of Time’ 31yr94
  3. 29/6/22 – Caroni 19yr by M.Wigman (rum) – 94
  4. 20/7/22 – Ben Nevis 22yr by Liquid Treasures – 94
  5. 26/10/22 – SMWS 68.78 ‘Smoking bananas in a frankincense den’ – 94
  6. 27/1/22 – SMWS 53.333 ‘Bandages on a mermaid’s flipper’ – 93
  7. 27/3/22 – Jamaica Blend 2008 – 2021 by Masam SRL (rum)93
  8. 4/5/22 – SMWS 29.260 ‘A visceral, elemental experience’ – 93
  9. 1/6/22 – SMWS 97.24 ‘A labyrinth for the Wayward wanderer’ – 93
  10. 15/6/22 – Secret Islay 14yr by M.Wigman Montbazillac cask – 93
  11. 22/6/22 – SMWS 37.81 ‘Orange Turmeric margarita’ (archive collection) – 93
  12. 17/8/22 – Labourdonnais 10yr by Liquid Treasures (rum) – 93
  13. 17/8/22 – Foursquare 10yr by Liquid Treasures (rum) – 93
  14. 26/10/22 – SMWS 65.7 ‘Timeless and magnificent’ 30yr93
  15. 16/1/22 – Distillerie Charpentier 45yr by Cadenhead Shop Berlin (cognac) – 92
  16. 27/1/22 – Penelope Toasted Series Four Grain 4.5yr – 92
  17. 2/2/22 – Macallan Folio 6 – 92
  18. 27/3/22 – Loch Lomond (Rhosdhu) 1996-2021 by Masam SRL – 92
  19. 30/3/22 – SMWS 42.58 ‘Subtle Complexity’ 26yr – 92
  20. 6/4/22 – St. Catherine Parish (Jamaica) 2006 – 2021 Wild Parrot (rum) – 92
  21. 6/4/22 – Kinglake ‘Cool Rummings’ rum cask single malt – 92
  22. 6/4/22 – Spring Bay Bourbon Cask 141 Cask Strength – 92
  23. 20/4/22 – Bowmore 17yr 2002 Bourbon cask by Blackadder – 92
  24. 1/6/22 – Oban 12yr 2021 Special Cask release – 92
  25. 22/6/22 – SMWS 30.120 ‘Uncompromisingly honest’ – 92
  26. 20/7/22 – SMWS 10.222 ‘Campfire on a cold night’ – 92
  27. 10/8/22 – New Riff Straight Bourbon Bottled in Bond 2021 single barrel – 92
  28. 17/8/22 – Invergordon 31yr by Liquid Treasures – 92
  29. 31/8/22 – Wilderness Trail Straight Rye whiskey – 92
  30. 7/9/22 – Ledaig 13yr by Whisky Sponge – 92
  31. 28/9/22 – SMWS 3.277 ‘A perfumed, peat-smoked goodnight kiss’ 16yr – 92
  32. 5/10/22 – Green Spot 10yr Single Cask Boutari Greek wine cask – 92
  33. 5/10/22 – Orkney 16yr No.2 by The Whisky Sponge – 92
  34. 19/10/22 – Croftengea 13yr by North Star – 92
  35. 2/11/22 – SMWS 42.26 ‘Chim-Chim-Cheree’ 10yr – 92
  36. 9/11/22 – Blair Athol 15yr by Infrequent Flyers – 92
  37. 23/11/22 – Glentauchers 13yr by M.Wigman – 92
  38. 7/12/22 – Octomore 11yr by Dramfool’s Jim McEwan Signature – 92
  39. 28/9/22 – SMWS 26.189 ‘Ambrosia’ 29yr – 91.5
  40. 17/8/22 – Ben Nevis 25yr by Liquid Treasures – 91
  41. 28/9/22 – SMWS 46.119 ‘A tea room special’ – 91
  42. 12/10/22 – Benrinnes 13yr 1st fill oloroso hogshead by The Whisky Set – 91
  43. 6/4/22 – Guyana 1999 – 2021 The Wild Parrot (rum)91
  44. 4/5/22 – SMWS 93 Small Batch ‘Changes faster than a chameleon’ 8yr – 91
  45. 4/5/22 – Bruichladdich Rhinns #36 10yr by Dramfool – 91
  46. 4/5/22 – Lochindaal 12yr Bourbon cask by Dramfool – 91
  47. 4/5/22 – Octomore 10yr oloroso finish 150.2PPM by Dramfool – 91
  48. 11/5/22 – Balcones Peated single malt Sauternes cask finish – 91
  49. 18/5/22 – Glenmarvelous #3 11yr PX cask by Dramfool – 91
  50. 1/6/22 – SMWS 24.154 ‘Confessions of a sherry cask’ – 91
  51. 1/6/22 – Springbank 28yr 1992 – 2021 by Milroy’s of Soho – 91
  52. 1/6/22 – Glen Scotia 28yr Highland Laird exclusive to Milroy’s of Soho – 91
  53. 29/6/22 – Caol Ila 10yr by Fable – 91
  54. 30/11/22 – SMWS 70.43 ‘Magical Spell’ – 91

The most ordered whisky of the year by Whisky & Alement customers in 2022 is…. drum roll please….

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Unbelievably, a few bottles from our Top 50 remain in stock!
Shop – Whisky & Alement
Shop – Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

 

Deciphering the list

  • Number – Product ranking from 1st to 50th
  • Dates – Dates product was tasted by the team
  • Scores – The 100 point system is used for all tastings
  • Spirits – Cask aged spirits are selected for weekly tasting by Cellar Manager and business co-owner Julian White. The list above includes some spirits that are not classified as whisk(e)y.
  • Single Asterix – This product is currently available at the bar at Whisky & Alement
  • Clickable links – This product is currently available on the bar, bottle shop and online shop at Whisky & Alement or via our partner the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Please note that products marked as ‘sold out’ online may be available in store. Please call 03 9654 1284 to confirm stock on hand.
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