Here at Abov, we are constantly sifting through our ratings and review data to curate these Top 10 Lists and provide recommendations to help you find your next favorite whiskey. Today, however, we decided to outsource that curation to the machines.
Yes, we’ve jumped on the AI/ChatGPT bandwagon to see what whiskeys the robots are drinking. If you are unfamiliar with ChatGPT and haven’t heard all about the next wave of generative AI models, set down your whiskey and Google it. We’ll wait…
Pretty cool, huh?
So here are the Top 10 Best Whiskeys (According to ChatGPT AI). All we did was prompt ChatGPT with the question “What are the Top 10 Overall Whiskeys” and let the algorithms go to work. Leave a comment if you agree with our robot overlords, or if you’d rather us humans stick to creating these lists. If you’d like to see real whiskey ratings and reviews from other human people, get the Abov App.
A great way to start any lists of best whiskies, with a well-aged Islay. This one is the 25 year old expression from Laphroaig.
Laphroaig 25 Year Old is aged for quarter century in American oak barrels, which gives it a deep and complex flavor profile that includes notes of smoke, peat, and fruit. This dram is also known for its smooth and balanced texture, which is attributed to the use of Islay spring water during the distillation process. Due to its rarity and high quality, Laphroaig 25 Year Old is considered a prized possession among Scotch enthusiasts.
Interestingly, the two oldest single malts on this list are rated 9 and 10 with some of the younger vintages higher up the list. Chalk one up for team ‘proper aging’ over ‘more aging’ according to chat GPT! The second of these is Bowmore 25 Year Old.
The palate is a harmonious blend of flavors, where waves of velvety toffee, honey, and spiced oak intermingle with hints of tropical fruits, nutmeg, and a subtle coastal brininess. The impeccable balance between sweetness and smokiness showcases the mastery of Bowmore’s whisky-making techniques, resulting in a sophisticated and rewarding drinking experience.
The finish is long and satisfying, with lingering notes of dark chocolate, oak spice, and a gentle whisper of smoke, leaving a lasting impression that resonates on the palate.
Unsurprisingly, a bottle from the legendary Pappy Van Winkle brand has also found its way onto the list of Top 10 Best Whiskeys (According to ChatGPT AI). While human tastebuds may prefer the slightly younger, less oaky bottlings, the machines have spoken.
Pappy 23 is also known for its smooth and velvety texture, which is attributed to the use of wheat in the mash bill instead of rye. Due to its rarity and high quality, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year Old has become one of the most sought-after whiskeys in the world.
7. Booker's Bourbon
If Pappy is the first bourbon that comes to mind as “best whiskies”, the delicious Booker’s Bourbon, produced by the Jim Beam distillery probably isn’t far behind.
Booker’s Bourbon is aged for 6 to 8 years in American white oak barrels, which gives it a rich and complex flavor profile that includes notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. The whiskey is also known for its high alcohol content, which typically ranges between 60% to 65% ABV.
As noted by ChatGPT, Booker’s Bourbon is often considered a favorite among bourbon enthusiasts.
Another stalwart in the world of whiskey is the Highland Park distillery from the Orkney Islands region off the coast of Scotland.
Similar to the Uigedal below, the Highland Park 18 Year Old is aged in bourbon and sherry casks, and also features a peated malt. However, unlike anything coming out of Ardbeg, this is a much more subtle peat. The result is a complex yet balanced flavor profile that includes notes of smoke, spice, and fruit.
Another one for the fans of Islay, the Uigeadail from the core range of Ardbeg’s lineup. A delicious pour no doubt, but at a much lower price point than many of the other well aged bottles on the list, this no age statement bottle is clearly a great value.
Dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco notes are highlighted on the palate as the combination of peated malt, and bourbon and sherry casks dance in the glass!
Back to the Speyside region of Scotland, number 4 on the list is the classic Glenlivet 18 Year Old. This single malt is matured in a combination of American and European oak casks, which gives it a fruity and floral flavor profile that includes notes of apple, pear, and vanilla.
From Scotland to Japan, ChatGPT recommended another 18 year old single malt, this one from Yamazaki distillery, which was founded in 1923 and is located in the Kyoto prefecture.
Yamazaki 18 Year Old is aged for 18 years in a variety of casks, including American, Spanish, and Japanese oak. This exemplary Japanese Whisky has a smooth and delicate flavor profile that includes notes of honey, oak, and dried fruit, and is known for its balance and complexity.
We’ll keep the list rolling with another one of the many big hitters in this AI driven lineup. At number 2, we have the Macallan 18 Year Old. Founded in 1824, the world-renowned Macallan Distillery has spent the last 2 centuries producing highly sought after, sherry cask aged Scotches.
The 18 year old variety highlights notes of dried fruit, spice, and oak, with an overall mellow and subtle taste.
Both human and robot fans of whiskey can agree on at least one thing; Lagavulin 16 is a damn good dram. Topping this list, as well as our human rated list of Most Popular Whiskeys, this peated single malt Scotch from Islay is produced at the Lagavulin distillery, which has been operating since 1816.
This one is known for its intense smoky flavor profile, which comes from the use of peat during the malting process. Lagavulin 16 Year Old is aged in oak casks for 16 years, which gives it a complex and rich flavor profile that includes notes of smoke, peat, and iodine. It is also known for its smooth and creamy texture, which is attributed to the use of a small amount of sherry casks during the aging process.
While we love the list, we were a bit curious as to how the computers came up with these whiskeys specifically. When asked to clarify what criteria were used to create the list, ChatGPT responded:
Do you agree with our list of Top 10 Best Whiskeys (According to ChatGPT AI)? Have you used ChatGPT or another AI tool for anything related to whiskey? Let us know in the comments!