As far as “best” goes, while the term is inherently subjective, if there is a person alive who can’t find their own personal “best” in here, I’d like to have a chat with them, preferably over a dram of Lagavulin 16 and explain to them, gently and with an excess of solicitude, that they should try more new things. * The Glenlivet Nadurra – If it’s possible for something that’s 53% alcohol to be gentle, this is it. Awesome! Most Islay peat is from sea-adjacent plants (including seaweed) so it picks up a lot of iodine.
Macallan from forest and farm to bottle and dram sits atop Speyside region. Still, single malts better speak to the character of a particular distillery from a specific region of Scotland, for obvious reasons.
(and not just for Christmas), That’s a great story, Tom! Age is an important factor in the flavor of scotch, but is not always a reliable way to determine its quality or even predict its flavor.
Hopefully I’ll get around to that soon. I’ve been trying to research, wanting to make a good choice – I can’t wait to go shopping now . They grow their own barley, have a traditional malting floor and even make their own casks.
On the topic of first experiences, mine was Ardbeg 10 and it was love at first sip. Thanks for reading! 70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t. That isn't the point of this debate. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. They really have a huge choice of Scotch and the prices are really good too. Great post! Bowmore 10 from Islay is possibly the closest in similarity to Connemara, or perhaps Caol Ila 12.
You really nailed a lot of good options here. A rare instance of The being warranted. Then there’s the Classic Laddie, a light, un-peated whisky full of citrus and green fruit notes that could not be more different. There are as many expressions of scotch as there are angels nipping at every whisky cask in the Hebrides and as there are snooty grammarians who want to take the fun out of the pursuit of incredible liquor. The Balvenie is one of the great distilleries of Speyside, Scotland. Bundesverband E-Commerce und It may well be the most complete mass-market whisky of all. Highland Park doesn’t have iodine in its peat, but most Highland Park is fruity (partially aged in sherry barrels). I am extremely new to scotch. Chad,
He enjoyed it too. I really enjoyed it, but can’t find it stocked on any retail shelves in the midwest. i don’t think it is even as highly rated as most other Scotch. Next, I tried Glenlivet 18. Your advice will solve my issue …. I ordered the snifters you recommended, and had a Christmas Scotch tasting with my sons.
(plus the price is the cheapest in it). It’s worth the risk though . Its been over 10 years since I’ve I had the Mac 12, so I’m ready to buy one. Plus, get a free tote bag! Hi Katie,
I have not yet sampled any of the Macallan “colors”. Thanks! Previous to tonight my favorite was the Ardbeg 10…a really good Islay. The island of Islay is renowned for peat-heavy scotch made by the likes of Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg. -Nathan, Earlier this year, I visited Wales, where I met Rab, a Scottish transplant. From there, the Glenmorangie range expands exponentially. That’s tricky. That’s all they had left of the limited bottling. Balvenie 12 year Doublewood
Oban 14, for example.
Any additional suggestions would be appreciated.
I find that, at least right now, I’m not able to pick out the really subtle smells/flavors. Weighing in at a whopping 120.6% ABV, this husky dram is struck through with heavy smoke and wood flavor and dense vegetal notes. My suggestion – I’d order one or two 30ml sample bottles (called “Drinks by the Dram”) of 30-year Glenfarclas (or the other 30-years available) at http://www.masterofmalt.com, assuming they’re willing to ship to your state.
Thanks, your site has been very helpful! I’m very much looking forward to ‘validating’ your recommendations. Hi Jack, I can’t find anything close to what you list here in Austin, TX.
While the majority of Speyside whiskies are known to be fruity and floral, Craigellachie is a bit of an outlier, crafting spirits that are rich and robust. Hi Alan,
The first one was a Glenfidish 12 years old.
Talk about a sherry bomb, the 1974 is that in spades!
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After my first sip, he asked how I liked it. * The Balvenie DoubleWood (12 years old) – matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry barrels, this Speysider is an instant classic and one of the easiest-drinking malts around. Diese Cookies & Technologien sind zu Darstellung von Social Media Inhalten von Drittanbieter-Plattformen wie Youtube, Instagram o.ä. I’m looking for something that hints at big toffee, butterscotch, sweetness, fudge, thick, creamy, buttery, I don’t like much peat, I’ve tried the Glengoyne 21, Strathisla 12, Amrut sherry Cask, anything you might have in mind for the description, anything comes to mind with all that?
You could also go straight to Lagavulin 16, which is mildly sherried (or at least tastes like it), and won’t be peatier than the Talisker 10 you’ve already tried. Yes, Glenlivet 15 tastes different than the 12 (which is a little rough), because they age it the additional 3 years in “virgin” (unused) French oak. Its eponymous distillery, established in 1794, produces whisky with a flavor profile that straddles the smoky style of the Scottish islands and the livelier, more toothsome malts made in the Highlands.
At one of Scotland’s oldest licensed distilleries, Barrie and her team consistently turn out world-class drams such as The GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 ($350). Adding just a few drops of water reveals all sorts of pleasantries on the palate including butterscotch, crème brûlée, apple and star anise. Where are you? People get hung up on the word “best,” especially when that word comes attached to a phrase like “20 Best Whiskies You Can Buy Right Now.” You can practically hear the protests already—“But if there are 20 of them, how can they all be ‘best?’” To these people I say politely (and with infinite patience): Pipe down.
Press J to jump to the feed. There are others to try as well, including some peated expressions, a flavor profile not normally associated with the distillery. Balvenie, the Randolph Duke of whisky is ever so slightly better than Macallan, the Mortimer Duke of whisky.
Versandhandel Deutschland, Prüfsiegel für besseren Balvenie malt master David Stewart has worked in the industry for more than half a century and is still coming up with new creations. Single malt scotch may get all the accolades, but the truth is that the best-selling whiskies coming out of Scotland are actually the blends.
Climbing the Scotch Ladder for Beginners Picking Your First Single-Malt Scotch "Flavor Maps" can be handy, too. Good luck! Talisker 10
A cheaper sherried option is GlenDronach 12, which I actually prefer to the Mac 12. No thank you. I was wondering if you’re familiar with Connemara, and if so, which Scotch might be similar in character? Begs to be paired with oysters and smoked salmon. There are biscuits, dates, and baked apple in the mix, as well, with smoke and a hint of iodine on the lingering finish. http://whiskyanalysis.com/index.php/2015/08/25/beginners-guide-to-selecting-a-single-malt-whisky/. * The Macallan (12 years old) – matured exclusively in ex-sherry barrels, this very popular malt is heavy on the plum, raisin, and sweet syrupy notes. The nose offers mixed spices, praline, and citrus zest. Cheers! "Powers" schrieb: "SteveW110" schrieb: "Farsund" schrieb: Wenn ich mich recht erinnere, fand DHL den Ruby ausgezeichnet - noch Fragen? I’ll try more scotch later, but first I need to find a scotch bar in Montreal like the one I found at New-York, try some and develop my taste. 1 Vintage collection, Grand Vintage Malt 1991 ($750) rates among Glenmorangie’s legendary director of distilling, Dr. Bill Lumsden’s finest achievements. Thank you! Your recommendation was spot on except for the price which was $63.99 before tax ($68.09 all in). scotch that has been aged in sherry or port barrels and particularly don’t like scotch that tastes like it’s come off a hospital trolley – i.e. A sterling example of sherry cask aging and true Highland single malt style, Master Vintage 1993 (48.2% ABV) offers marzipan and toasted raisin bread on the nose, priming the palate for a delightful mélange of flavors including mocha latte, brioche and prune oil, brightened by a twist of baked orange rind. I think it’s pretty clear where my preference lies. Thanks very much for the info.
Lest ye be mistaken for a whisky neophyte, remember that this single-malt scotch from the Inner Hebrides is pronounced “la-chayk” or even “la-chik” (“la-dayg,” on the other hand, sounds like a Bond villain). Cheers!
Cheers! Thank you for this site!
Again, with the prices: Aberlour 10 is $45, Balvenie 12 DW is $69, GlenDronach 12 is $60, Macallan 12 is $90, and Talisker 10 is $75. Now that you mention it, I shall do the needful this weekend. Auchentoshan 12 – often recommended for beginners because the triple distilled style is said to produce a whisky with less “harsh” alcohol taste.
having read your reviews here I might try a bottle of Macallan or Balverie next. I am hooked, and building a supply. He’s the longest-tenured and most highly decorated malt master in the business and has had a hand in the development of some legendary whiskies, from the Tun 1401 series to the DCS Compendium, a collection of 25 handpicked casks curated by Stewart that include vintage single malts spanning his illustrious career.
//scotchnoob.com/2011/08/04/the-dalmore-cigar-malt-reserve/, //scotchnoob.com/2013/12/09/glen-garioch-founders-reserve/, http://whiskyanalysis.com/index.php/2015/08/25/beginners-guide-to-selecting-a-single-malt-whisky/, Cocktails: Part One. That doesn’t sit well with me. Thank you SN, I have placed an order for the same. It has become my bucket list. And PortWood, a 21-year-old whisky finished in port pipes that costs a few hundred bucks, may be one of the best bottles in the Balvenie range. The login page will open in a new window. Old Pulteney is mildly peated, and I think the 12 year doesn’t use any sherry. […] a few links I used when I got started with Single Malts. Hi, Legally, a small amount of caramel coloring can be used for color consistency in single malts.