Probably everyone who enjoys whisky has their own top favourites of single malt whiskies – but this month US news channel, Fox News, published their own list of the Top 10 best single malt Scotch whiskies. Here were are going to look at 5 in their list of best that single malt whisky has to offer.
Springbank 10 year old (Campbeltown region)
Campbeltown region isn’t really well known as a whisky producing region. In fact it used to have the most amount of whisky distilleries in one town. However there are only a few left. One of the best from here is the Springbank 10 year old. It is slightly peated and has a unique falvour due to it being distilled two and a half times. It is initially matured in bourbon barrels then finished in sherry casks. You will get a large range of aromas here with citrus fruits, nutmeg and a hint of peat all registering. It won top prize in it’s catergory at the World Whisky Awards in 2010.
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Royal Lochnagar 12 year old (Highland whisky producing region)
We recently blogged about the quality of Royal Locnagar because it is one of the major single malt whiskies in the top whisky blend Johnnie Walker Blue Label. When you taste the Royal Lochnagar, you can see why it is the major single malt in Blue Label. The whisky does have royal connections. It was the favourite of Queen Victoria and therefore was allowed us use the word ‘royal’ in it’s title. It has the classic Highland whisky region flavour. The flovour is very ‘grassy’ - no not lawn clippings, but straw and hay. Has you would expect from Highland whiskies – there is a nice sweetness to it and it is very palatable.
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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old (Speyside single malt whisky)
Speyside is definitely the capital of single malt whisky production in Scotland, with the highest concentration of whisky distilleries anywhere in Scotland. Since 1892 The Balvenie has been producing some great single malt whiskies. They were the pioneers of using various wood casks to finish their single malts. The most famous of the Balvenie range is their “DoubleWood”. It is matured in Bourbon casks then is finished off in Oloroso Sherry casks. This imparts some delicious flavours to the whisky – Bourbon caks gives it some vanilla and sweet tastes and the Sherry casks give it tastes like peach, marzipan, clover, a bit of honey and prunes.
This is the favourtie Speyside single malt for many people and if you want to try it, it’s available at the Whisky Exchange for a great price. You can also check out the older brother of this one – the Balvenie DoubleWood 17 year old.
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old (Islay Single Malt Whisky)
Islay produces some of the best examples of Scotch whiskies, with the emphasis on peaty flavours. There is a lot of competition from Islay because of great distilleries like Lagavulin, Bowmore and Laphroaig. However, Bunnahabhain produces a great single malt whisky and this 18 year old is definitely one of their best. The 18 year old could be called a ‘naturalist’ whisky because it isn’t chill filtered. (This a process to prevent the whisky from becoming cloudy, but it can affect it’s flavour). There is a perfect balance of smoke and peat in this single malt. It’s not too complex for the novice drinker and yet there is enough going on to please any single malt expert.
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Highland Park 18 Year Old (Islands Scotch Whisky)
Highland Park is a favourite of many and the 18 year old is one of the best single malt Scotch whiskies. It has won many awards, the latest being in 2011 by the Whisky Bible, for best whisky in the 16-21 year old range. With this you get instant sweetness along with toffee flavors and a smokey finish. It a subtle and complex single malt whisky which will not leave the whisky taster undecided. About this whisky, Paul Pacult is quoted as saying ”After 25 years’ experience, it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it’s totally in harmony, there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly.”
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In our next blog we will look at the other top five single malt whiskies of 2012. What do you think of these 5 whiskies? Please share your comments below and all relevant comments will be published.