tire-bouchon's top ten of 2016...

1. whisky of the year: Springbank Local Barley 16

Laphroaig Lore
Kilkerran 12 yo

2. distillery of the year: Glen Scotia Distillery

Wyoming Distillery
Paul John Distillery

3. "best bang for the buck" of the year: Lot No. 40

Great King Street Glasgow Blend by Compass Box
Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky by Douglas Laing & Co.

4. malternative of the year: Jaucoulot "L'Authentique" Marc de Bourgogne

Christian Drouin Blanc de Normandy
Chateau de Pellehaut Tenareze Armagnac 15yo (2001)

5. brew of the year: Rueuze by Bruery Terreux

Olde California Sunset by Craftsman Brewing Company
Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier by Bayreuther Bierbrauerei

7. book of the year: "The Pub" by Pete Brown

"The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey" by Fred Minnick
"Whisky" by Aeneas MacDonald with an appreciation by Ian Buxton (rerelease)

8. website of the year: The Whiskey Wash


9. retailer of the year: K&L Wine Merchants

"Day of the Dead Distilleries" by Los Angeles Scotch Club

*photo credit by Jens Fischer