Celebrating the Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 20 Years and Older Finalists from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  06.26.2024

Single malt Scotch whiskies aged 20 years and older represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and patience in the world of whisky. These expressions offer unparalleled depth, complexity, and elegance, showcasing the mastery of their distillers. The 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition has selected some extraordinary whiskies in this category. Here are the top finalists, with the ultimate winner to be announced at the Top Shelf Awards Gala.

The Glendronach 21-Year-Old

This exceptional single malt is noted for its intriguing aromas of smoked pipe and tobacco. On the palate, it offers a rich and complex flavor profile that lingers elegantly. The Glendronach continues to uphold its reputation for producing some of the finest aged whiskies in Scotland.

TOMATIN 45-Year-Old

Tomatin’s 45-Year-Old is a rare and luxurious single malt that embodies the pinnacle of whisky aging. The judges noted its fresh smoke aroma, suggesting it would pair beautifully with a fine cigar. This expression offers a profound depth of flavor, making it a standout choice for the discerning whisky connoisseur.

Tomintoul Distillery 21 Years Old

Tomintoul’s 21-Year-Old is celebrated for its smooth and refined character. This single malt presents a harmonious blend of flavors, making it a delightful choice for whisky enthusiasts. The distillery, known as “The Gentle Dram,” offers a balanced and elegant whisky that captures the essence of its rich heritage and pristine location in the heart of Speyside.

Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru

Glenfiddich’s 23-Year-old Grand Cru is a celebration of luxury and refinement. This single malt is aged in American and European oak casks before being finished in French cuvée casks, imparting unique flavors and a touch of effervescence. The result is a whisky with a delicate balance of fruitiness, oak, and subtle sweetness, perfect for special occasions. 

Talisker 45 Year Old

Talisker’s 45-Year-Old is a rare gem from the Isle of Skye. This single malt is noted for its smoky notes complemented by light fresh fruit on the back palate. The combination of smokiness and fruitiness creates a complex and memorable experience.

These exceptional single malt Scotch whiskies aged 20 years and older from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition highlight the pinnacle of whisky craftsmanship. Each finalist offers a unique and captivating experience, showcasing the best of long-term aging and the meticulous work of master distillers.

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate these remarkable whiskies and discover the ultimate winner at the Top Shelf Awards Gala taking place on October 6. Take advantage of the summer promotion to purchase your tickets and join fellow whisky enthusiasts in honoring the finest in Single Malt Scotch.