Fifty Best Single Malt Scotch
  Region: Highland  

Aberfeldy 21

Aberfeldy 21

Nose: Fresh and fragrant, with subtle notes of vanilla, sweet oak, some tannin and a light smokiness.
Palate: Flavorful, with lively oaky notes, loads of salty caramel, bit of licorice.
Finish: Nicely dry, a bit spicy, medium length and warming.


  Region: Highland  

Brora 30

30 year old, Cask Strength

Nose: Lots of peat, new leather, fruity, oaky and musty.
Palate: Pepper, dried fruits, peat, sweet notes hints of ripe bananas, some grassiness, salty.
Finish: Beautifully balanced, long and flavorful, typically coastal, floral, peat, marzipan, leather, licorice and oak.


  Region: Highland  

The Dalmore 21

Nose: Fresh, rich and complex, sherry, smoke, with aromas of dried apricots, peaches and nutmeg.
Palate: Sweet and malty, berries, chocolate and caramel.
Finish: Long, rich and balanced, smoky, fruity, some caramel.

The Dalmore 21


  Region: Highland  

The Dalmore 28 Stillman's Dram

The Dalmore 28
Stillman's Dram

Nose: Caramel, brittle, spices.
Palate: Dried fruits, caramel, mint, pepper and spices.
Finish: Long, woody and spicy, tannins, dried fruit.


  Region: Highland  

1990 Distillers Edition

Nose: Raisins and dried fruits, honey and heather.
Palate: Rich and sweet, dried fruit, touch of malt, orange marmalade and lots of honey.
Finish: Long, rich, anise.

Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition


  Region: Highland  

Glengoyne Scottish Oak

15 year old, Scottish Oak

Nose: Sweet oak, smoky, toffee, cocoa, flowery notes.
Palate: Malty, sweet, dried fruits, vanilla cream, caramel, oranges.
Finish: Lingering, dry, some spice, caramel, fudge, pine needles, flavorful.


  Region: Highland  

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

Quinta Ruban (Port finish)

Nose: Chocolate and sweet orange, caramel, blackcurrants, raspberries and pears.
Palate: Sweet, lush raspberries, milk chocolate, slightly peppery.
Finish: Lingering, rich flavors, oak, chocolate, warm and elegant.


  Region: Highland  

Nectar D’Òr
15 year old, Sauternes Wood Finish

Nose: Fresh, ripe apricots, buttery, caramel, fruity, hints of oak, spices, a faint maltiness.
Palate: Oaky, apricot jam, honey, green tea, pepper and spices.
Finish: Long, sweet, fruity and spicy.

Glenmorangie Sauternes Wood



  Region: Highland  

13 year old, Signatory

Nose: Sweet, honey, woody, some brine.
Palate: Slightly oily, honey, lots of oak, sweet malt.
Finish: Medium length, toasted oak, coconut, toffee.

Glenturret Signatory



  Region: Highland  
Oban 14


Oban 14

Nose: Sweet and fruity, sea-salt, peaty smoke.
Palate: Full and rich, dried figs, honey, spices, malt, smokey with a trace of peat.
Finish: Long, oak-wood sweet, salty, some peat and smoke.


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Thu. June 15, 2017 9:46 AM - by: David
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Tue. January 10, 2017 1:59 PM - by: FLEURETTE FRIEDMAN
the casks used forglenfiddich are considered to be kosher. glenlivit too i think. REASON: THEY DO NOT USE PRE-USED SHERRY CASKS. DO YOU HAVE ORE INFORMATION ON THIS? friens willing to get me an 18 year old or is the 25 year old outstanding? I ONCE HAD BOWMAN !!! TOO PEATY, BUT I LIKED IT. fleurette friedman
Mon. December 26, 2016 1:04 PM - by: John Sutherland
Among the missing, especially when considering those listed as the best 12 (13 actually) in Aeneas MacDonald's "WHISKY" and Neil M. Gunn's WHISKY AND SCOTLAND, is Clynelish. This is clearly a favorite among my whisky enthusiast friends. Your list does show the Highland malt Brora, I would believe named for the Highland town which boasts the Clynelish Distillery.
Thu. August 25, 2016 11:24 AM - by: Charest
Big fan of 'Pinch' by John Haig. Does John Haig produce another 'Pinch' like scotch ?
Sat. June 4, 2016 1:18 PM - by: Ron Pessolano
I was recently given a bottle of 37 year old (1970) Macallan, Red Sea Pedestrian, single cask Scotch, and have found very limited information on the internet. I'm wondering if you know anything about it, specifically what it's worth. I sent an email to Macallan but haven't heard anything yet. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks, Ron
Sun. March 27, 2016 12:54 PM - by: Lew
Prefer the 18 year old Glenfiddich
Fri. March 25, 2016 8:34 AM - by: Terry
I'll put in a second for Cardhu - not very complex if you're into that type of thing, but a nice smooth, fragrant single malt - great price point. Anyone try Hibiki? (17 year not 12) - a little pricier but similar taste, smooth blended whiskey from Japan. If you like smooth, fragrant scotches, you should definitely try these
Tue. March 1, 2016 7:05 AM - by: Ben
What no mention of Balblair 1999 or 2004 - surely no more than an oversight.
Wed. February 24, 2016 9:33 PM - by: Kendall Reeves
I would agree that Aberlour A'Bunadh is a huge oversight on a pretty exceptional list. I would add Glenlivet Nadurra Olosoro and Laphroig 10 Cask Strength are awesome expressions as well.
Thu. November 12, 2015 8:35 PM - by: Joe scott
Jura offers three levels of Single Malt Scotch that are excellent.
Thu. October 15, 2015 8:37 AM - by: Benny
Glenfiddich 12 years!!!my favourite
Sat. September 5, 2015 4:42 PM - by: Robert Brooks
Laphroiag 10, me thinks, is a truer Islay (heavier smoke, salt, and peat) than its older brother 16...and even the pricey Lagavulin. The latter two, though older, are too smooth, again me thinks.
Tue. September 1, 2015 10:18 PM - by: Umi F
I am surprised that A'bunadh (Cask Strength from Aberlour) was not on your list. It is by far my favorite and has gained popularity due to it's excellence.
Sun. August 9, 2015 5:40 AM - by: Paul V.C.
For a first time whisky drinker or someone wanting to buy whisky as a present for a friend but not sure what to get, I always recommend the Glenfiddich - any year, as an excellent easy drinking whisky to start with. I then would suggest trying the Islay whiskies for a different experience - one from which I never looked back ( Laphroiag , Caol Ila, Bunnahabain, Bowmore , Lagavulin etc).
Fri. June 26, 2015 3:35 AM - by: santosh patel
over all good for studies do you one things show the alcohol percentage
Thu. June 11, 2015 1:43 PM - by: Brian
Disagree about Singleton. I'll take any of the Big 3 from Islay (Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig) over any other whisky.
Thu. April 23, 2015 11:58 PM - by: PRINCE SHARMA
Sun. April 12, 2015 12:35 AM - by: Chas Mc Oriely
I am looking for some knowledge about one malt liq where do I start. I be long to a American Legion Post and we want the good malt when we play our ssheeps head (good quality with fair price) Commander Chas American Legion post Milwaukee 4822906 after 5PM
Fri. March 6, 2015 12:19 AM - by: Paul Simon
I feel that the Glen livet 15 french oak is underrated. Any scotch lover would agree that it is complex and spectacular.
Wed. October 8, 2014 10:28 AM - by: sandeep g.
Glenfarclas cask 105 is a class apart......
Fri. February 14, 2014 11:39 PM - by: John
You can get Lagavulin 16 from the Goodrich Store in East Lansing , Mi. for close to $100 a bottle. Simply google the store. You can get it at Costco for $65
Sun. June 16, 2013 5:23 AM - by: Warren Bobrow
I think you'll find Drink Up NY to have one of the greatest selections of Scotch Whisky anywhere!
Thu. May 16, 2013 8:10 PM - by: dc
You can get Lagavulin 16 from the Goodrich Store in East Lansing , Mi. for close to $100 a bottle. Simply google the store.
Mon. January 14, 2013 2:08 PM - by: Armando Barrios
Niki, try a Costo or big warehouse store. Are there any BevMO stores near your area. I got one last week, awesome scotch.
Thu. December 27, 2012 8:54 PM - by: Niki
I just wrote about Indianapolis, I did not tell you what I wanted, Lagavulin 16 years old.....I want to buy it, and cant find me please.
Thu. December 27, 2012 8:51 PM - by: Niki
I live in Indianapolis, Indiana USA I am looking for this product and can not find it anywhere here except in Illinois which is state next to me which is 3 hours away just curious if there was anywhere around Indianapolis or not so close to Illinois. Thank You for your time....
Thu. December 27, 2012 5:55 PM - by: george guglielmo
Received a bottle of "SHEEP DIP" product if scotland. Bottled in scotland for the SPENCERFIELD SPIRIT CO. INVERKEITHING, FIFE SCOTLAND. Its not on your list, is it a descent brand. thanks
Thu. December 6, 2012 9:18 AM - by: Robert
My friend from England who now lives in the USA loves smoke and oak scotch. I dont mind paying up to 450 for a great bottle. Any and all help appreciated.
Tue. December 4, 2012 10:31 AM - by: Tony Kachouh
After 35 years of addiction to the most expensive single malt highland whiskies, I discovered a few days ago the Balvenie 50 years old sold for 38,000.00 Euros at the duty-free shops of Larnaca airport in Cyprus. When discussing an eventual purchase of one bottle with my cousin, he told me that he had just bought a Macallan 26 for US$ 75,000.00 that he intends to drink on his 60th birthday with his lovely female companion.
Thu. November 8, 2012 10:00 AM - by: priscilla
my fiancee asked for a good bottle of single malt scotch not the glens he said any thoughts on this
Wed. October 31, 2012 5:35 PM - by: ed conforti
started drinking blended scotch and have graduated to single malt. my favorite is OBAN 14, and Auchentashan 12. not peaty or to smokey great drink
Fri. October 5, 2012 6:59 AM - by: rohith
again it depends on a person's taste buds, strong(harsh) for me is the bitter after taste and glenfiddich is bitter..lagavulin is peaty and talisker is malty, not bitter..yeah macallan 12/highland park 12 do have a dry/crisp after taste...
Tue. September 25, 2012 3:49 PM - by: Vince
If bobr considers Glenlivet and Glenfiddich "a little strong" and doesn't like Jura, I sure as hell wouldn't be recommending Lagavulin, Talisker, and a cask strength Glenfarclas. They are definitely great, not for beginners. For some softer malt, try Aberlour 12, Cragganmore 12, Macallan 12, Balvenie Doublewood. Also, don't forget a drop/splash of water if you find it too strong. Good luck.
Wed. September 19, 2012 7:48 AM - by: Rohith
Try Talisker 10 yr old,Glenfarclas 105, Dalmore 12, balvenie 12
Mon. September 17, 2012 10:18 AM - by: bobr
have not had a chance to try Lagavulin yet. i did try jura 10 and did not like it at all any suggestions that would we the total opposite of jura 10?
Tue. September 11, 2012 8:30 AM - by: Rohith
Bobr Try Lagavulin 16! If you like Glenlivet try Highland Park 12....Glenfiddich is way too overrated
Tue. September 11, 2012 7:57 AM - by: bobr
new to scotch o have tried glenlevit and glenfidich and they are a little stong at first.. any suggestions for me to try as a newbie??
Mon. August 27, 2012 6:50 AM - by: Raul
A Single Malt liquors drinking friend shared a bottle of Highland Park with me, this is an excellent whiskey is a bit raspy to swallow and can give you a bit of heartburn the next day but it is truly an excellent malt, my recommendation is 100%
Wed. July 25, 2012 7:32 AM - by: Sabby
If you dont like peaty or smoky malts- the go for Macallan, Glenmorangie or my favourite Scapa!
Wed. July 18, 2012 6:09 AM - by: pradeep made
started drinking scotch and forgot other drinks which i use to drink
Wed. June 20, 2012 2:42 AM - by: Matthew Japp
Go for the Oban 1995 distillers edition - it is by far the best sherry finish whiskey under £50 - it's a gem of a bottle
Wed. June 13, 2012 10:38 AM - by: Sandra
Looking for a good scotch for my husband. likes Macallen and finds Lagavulin too peaty so not too peaty and 15 yrs or older. Any suggestions?
Mon. May 28, 2012 8:54 AM - by: Harish
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Sun. May 6, 2012 7:54 PM - by: Paul Carbino aka "Carbo"
I had my first taste of Lagavulin 16 yr old at the Holiday Inn (imagine that) Airport in Indianapolis, years ago, after a suggestion by the barkeep. It was love at first taste. Smoke in a bottle!! LUVIT!! Marvelous.
Thu. April 19, 2012 2:41 PM - by: Meredith
For my scotch-loving boyfriend's birthday, I was encouraged to purchase Oban scotch for him. I'm pretty clueless about this stuff, but would Oban 18 be a better scotch than Oban 14? I assumed it was but maybe I'm wrong... help?
Wed. April 18, 2012 6:05 PM - by: Timothy
Jennifer, Glenfiddich and Macallan 30 years are both excellent.
Fri. March 30, 2012 12:22 PM - by: Jennifer
My husband's birthday is coming up and he has ALWAYS wanted to have a 30yr scotch. He loves Balvenie, Glenlivet 12yr, Oban 12yr, Glenfiddich 15yr, Lagavulin 16yr, Glenmorangie. Those seem to be some of his favorites. Could you suggest a great 30yr that he would like?
Wed. March 28, 2012 9:56 PM - by: Eric
I find any glenlivit to be very simple and unattractive until you get to the 18yr old however my favorite scotch is produced by this distillery. The 21 year old glenlivit "Eclipse" was incredible! Typical light aromas of. Caramel and toffee with one of the smoothest finishes I've ever tasted. Melted off the sides of my palate!
Sat. March 24, 2012 3:24 PM - by: austin
You absolutely have to add Cardhu to your list - no question one of the best Speyside scotches around.
Sat. December 24, 2011 8:28 PM - by: Mark
Hi I've got a Bottle of Glenalister fine scotch whisky that is over 100 years old and was presented to a local identity by king George the Fifth when he came to Australia... Has anyone heard of Glenalister brand or if the company is still around. Thanks, Mark.
Mon. December 19, 2011 1:41 PM - by: Marko
Hi try Monkey shoulder whiskey. Much better than ordinary brands.
Tue. December 6, 2011 12:42 PM - by: Jinx
Love the Macallan 25. Smooth in a sherry case with little to no peat taste. Is there anything else close to it in taste that is cheaper.
Tue. December 6, 2011 12:25 PM - by: caroline
I want to get my boyfriend a nice bottle of whiskey and bourbon but don't know where to start. He is Irish and drinks. I would like to get him something special. Can you please recommend something in the $100+ range for each? Thank you.
Fri. December 2, 2011 5:43 PM - by: Jim
Michael, go with the Macallan 21 Fine Oak...classic and distinguished. He will be impressed. Going for 210.00 on right now.
Fri. December 2, 2011 5:41 PM - by: Jim
Aniemac,go with Oban 14, Macallan 18, or Talisker. All very nice slections that won't break the bank.
Wed. November 16, 2011 3:25 PM - by: anniemac
hi, im wanting to get my boyfriend a good bottle of whisky for xmas but i have no idea where to start...all ive picked up on so far is 'oaky whisky' ive heard the Macallan 15 is it? - im looking around the £50 so any ideas would be extremely helpful :) thanks
Sun. October 9, 2011 12:16 AM - by: ajay mathew
Thank u for the good information
Tue. October 4, 2011 8:43 AM - by: Michael
Good friend...has some money...loves single malt....special occasion coming up...I want to buy him a single malt for $200 - $250 that he'd be impressed with...Suggestions?
Tue. October 4, 2011 8:42 AM - by: Good friend -- big occasion....has some dough and loves single malt scotch...I want to get him a gift of a special single malt $200 - $250? What would you'all suggest? Great board here btw! thanks

Sun. October 2, 2011 12:48 PM - by: Rod
Katie, i think i can help you with the Scotch side of your whisky requirements. Dalwhinnie 15 Aberlour a'bunadh Oban 14 Talisker 10 Highland Park 18 Lagavulin 16 enjoy
Sat. October 1, 2011 7:17 AM - by: Katie
Hi. Could anyone please tell me a good whisky I can buy my Dad for his birthday. I have no idea what he drinks/likes but want to buy him something I know is nice. I am looking to spend under the £50 mark. Thank you in advance. x
Fri. September 23, 2011 8:20 AM - by: Elie
Hi I am looking to start a collection for my husband as a birthday gift but I don't know much about scotches so I was hoping for some advices. I see him drinking makers mark and he is fan Of cragganmore. Can you suggest some others that are similar flavor Wise that he might like. ... I'm starting up other with at about 5 to 6 bottles So please make some suggestions ... Reasonably priced I really appreciated. I'm actually excited to See his reaction as he will betotally impressed Help please
Sun. August 28, 2011 10:35 AM - by: jim pidgeon
Balvenie 12 is smoother, tastier, and cheaper, too
Mon. August 15, 2011 12:03 PM - by: Boombatty
Kristen, he likes Bourbon, so I'd recommend a Blantons or Four Roses Single Barrel. Other good options are Single Barrel Jack and Knob Creek.
Tue. August 9, 2011 8:14 AM - by: Editor
To Hiren Vakil. Aberfeldy 12 yr old retails in India for around Rs.6670
Mon. August 8, 2011 4:39 PM - by: Kristen
I'm looking to buy my boyfriend a nice bottle of whiskey for our anniversary, but I have no idea which brand I should get! He routinely drinks Wild Turkey and is a fan of Maker's Mark. I really want to "wow" him...I'll take any help/recommendations I can get!
Sat. August 6, 2011 2:42 AM - by: Hiren Vakil
Hi! Aberfeldy Single Malt I happened to taste this Single Malt. It is one of... Pardon me for an under statemnent.... Aberfeldy is "The Best Single Malt" I ever tasted in my drinking life of 21 years. I want to purchase Aberfeldy Single Malt. Can someone inform me the "Best Price" I will have to pay..... Thank You, Regards, Hiren Vakil, Ghatkopar, Mumbai, India.
Tue. July 19, 2011 8:05 AM - by: kiran prakash
this list is very helpful for new Lerner i want different flavor name list thank
Tue. July 5, 2011 3:25 PM - by: todd
I have always wanted to find a scotch I could enjoy...but not sure which would satisfy..any suggestions for a potential avid scotch enthusiast??
Tue. June 28, 2011 8:16 AM - by: Mark
Just returned from the Orkneys. Spoke with several locals and Scapa was consistently mentioned as a favorite
Tue. June 14, 2011 7:33 PM - by: Aaron
Great list. Missing a few. Lagavulin, as a shelf favorite and conversation piece is good (seaweed bed for the peat fire is correct). I do however prefer Highlands for their smooth undertones and always reach for Balvenie's Doublewood or Dalwhinnie. I think the doublewood is my favorite and a fraction of cost compared to blue label. I'll grab Oban once and awhile, too.
Wed. March 30, 2011 3:35 PM - by: Denise
Who is responsible for the lovely descriptions of Scotch?
Sun. March 20, 2011 1:46 PM - by: StuartB
Niko - Macallan or The Macallan it is NEVER called whiskey. The word is whisky!
Mon. March 14, 2011 4:02 PM - by: Ivan Navarro
I am from Costa Rica and I have a collection of single Malt, I am looking for Port Ellen single malt bottle or Springbank 12 years, thank you
Fri. March 11, 2011 9:08 PM - by: Mark
@Brandon: A *very* good bottle for not very much money, IMHO at least, is the Laphroig Quarter Cask. Tastes like a $150 bottle, but only costs ~$50 (Canada). Slainte!
Wed. March 2, 2011 2:04 PM - by: Niko
@chet using the "the" in naming Macallan whiskey is unneeded. Normally, the "the" is added by people who drink exclusively Macallan, and hold it in a high regard. Most whiskey drinkers refer to it as plainly the Macallan.
Sat. February 26, 2011 9:31 PM - by: Chet
I think it's correctly called, "The Macallan."
Sat. February 26, 2011 5:38 PM - by: mike
Hey Nat I have just got into drinking scotch and i have learned that scotch doesn't get better with age when it's in the bottle like wine does. It is only aged in the cask. But getting him a bottle still sounds like a great idea. personally my favorite is a Balvenie 12 doublewood. On this list of fifty best the Balvenie 21 year portwood is rated fairly well thats the next fancy scotch i'm going to try. but remember i'm new to this. hopefully that helps.
Thu. February 24, 2011 7:00 PM - by: tony
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Tue. February 22, 2011 2:17 AM - by: Nat
I would like to buy whisky on my sons 1st birthday and leave it until he is 21. Dont understand anything about whisky - would anybody suggest any please?? Obviously would like to buy good that gets even better in 20 years time!!!! please help
Fri. February 18, 2011 8:10 PM - by: Peter
Brandon, a good scotch for those on a budget is Speyburn 10 y.o single malt from the speyside region. I personally think it is good for the price, which is $20- $25 a 750ml. Also,if you are willing to spend a little more glenfiddich, another speyside malt isn't a bad place to start either at $29.99 for a 750ml. My personal favorite is Highland Park 12 y.o., is a little more pricy at $43; however, worth it. Just keep in mind Brandon, scotch is about enjoyment so drink what you like not what you think you are suppose to like. Also, never be afraid of trying new brands or regions, because that is part of the fun and enjoyment of being a scotch drinker.
Tue. February 15, 2011 3:32 PM - by: Brandon
Any recommendations for a college student looking to get into Scotch? Obviously I can't break the $200 bank for Scotch (or even close to that) but I'd like to get some thoughts on something good to start with or continue drinking.
Sun. February 13, 2011 6:41 PM - by: JT
whats everyones thoughts about GlenTaite 19 Year old?
Tue. February 1, 2011 11:32 AM - by: Joe
There seems to be a great advertising misdirection with scotch whisky nowadays. I hope this benefits myself, and a few others.
Mon. January 31, 2011 9:08 PM - by: Mike McGuire
I collect and drink single malt scotch everyday. It is a treasure of my "Fatherland." But the reason I write tonight, is that I just came from another famous national steak house with a very limited single malt scotch list. In fact I have made it a little personal study of great American steak house to find the best one in the United States with a wide selection of single malts. The answer is that there is not one with a great selection, they all have the basic same list and nobody wants to try to be different, they just want to be safe! Morton's, Ruth Chris, Flemings, Mastro's and other major steak houses are all the same when it comes to a single malt selection. There are dividends when one steps up and changes the direction of single malt in American steak houses.
Wed. January 19, 2011 8:46 AM - by: Timbo
I drink Highland Park, Bruichladdich & sometimes Glenfiddich Ciaran reserve. If you like something slightly sweeter, try Jameson's Redbreast (I appreciate it is not part of this list as not Scottish, but better than most of these - I generally dislike Irish whiskey and prefer Scottish whisky). Glenmorangie 12 would be my favourite though. Preferably in a litre bottle as it doesn't last long in my house.
Tue. January 18, 2011 9:01 AM - by: Terrance
i like single malt whisky.
Mon. January 17, 2011 8:31 PM - by: Chris
Yeah Macallan is the Ruth Chris of scotch great but cookie cutter and predictable.
Mon. January 10, 2011 8:18 AM - by: a mangla
blue label is a blend. the list is for single malt only
Sat. January 8, 2011 4:24 AM - by: Preetkaran
i dnt see blue label anywhere ?? i didnt know its that bad or something is wrong with my taste buds!!
Sat. December 25, 2010 6:11 PM - by: Ed
Macallan 25 is on the list. Knucklehead!
Fri. December 24, 2010 9:17 AM - by: ken
My friend enjoys Dalwinnie 15yr. I would like to buy a top notch single malt for a big birthday gift. suggestions please.
Tue. December 21, 2010 11:12 AM - by: herefordjw
No Macallan. Something's wrong!
Tue. December 21, 2010 8:36 AM - by: deepak sati
very good
Mon. December 20, 2010 3:41 PM - by: steve
I agree, Ardbeg in my opinion is among the absolute best. It has distinguishing taste without having a single overwhelming trait, like laphroig. (also good but you have to want that taste). I have never known anyone to scoff at lagavulin if you want to spend a little more than ardbeg.
Wed. December 15, 2010 12:14 PM - by: Tim
I'm looking for a single malt around $100-$150, what do you recommend. Thanks
Mon. December 13, 2010 2:17 PM - by: Hunter
I didn't even realize that there were comments here initially, and it seems that most are already resolved, so I'll offer my $.02 to those who've written in December. To Carla: It's interesting that your single malt enthusiast likes highlands but also fancies peat...not that the two are mutually exclusive, by any means, but still... Anyway, I think that I would recommend to him the Lagavulin 16-year old. It's good stuff. To Cathy: I've tried the Glenkinchie 12 and while I wasn't overly fond of it, I can say that Auchentoshan is fairly similar in taste. You might try the Auchentoshan Three Wood. To Milena: I only recently had the Bruichladdich 20-year old and it was really quite yummy. According to my friend [who provided me the dram], it was a bit over 200 dollars. Of course, you could always get him the Macallan 17-year old Fine Oak, if but for no other reason than it's the same whisky that Ron White drinks on-stage. Well, that and the JW Blue, but since that's a blend... Hope this helps those of you in search of a good single malt.
Sat. December 11, 2010 4:51 PM - by: Carla
Novice looking for gift suggestions for a single malt enthusiast who loves Glenmorangie La Santa and fancies peat. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Wed. December 8, 2010 2:06 PM - by: Dan
Ardbeg looks like the best buy for a gift....just saw it today in a store in theBoston area for 58$
Tue. December 7, 2010 8:40 PM - by: Cathy
My son-in-law's favorite is Glen-kinchie single 12yrs looking for something very special that resembles the tase of his favorite
Sat. December 4, 2010 9:53 PM - by: Milena
My husband loves Scapa, with Oban as a second, and really dislikes Talisker (too peaty/smokey). He's had Belvenie, Delweinnie, and some others. Any recommendations on something I could get him that is truly top notch? Up to $350 would be okay.
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Tue. October 26, 2010 12:42 PM - by: David
I am not a fan of liquid smoke so I pass on scotch with a smoky flavor like Talisker and some of the other Islay brands. For the price I believe Glenmorange Quinta Ruban, 18 yr old Glenlivet, and 15 year old Balvenie are the best. However I like Hennessy XO cognac so I guess that shows what kind of spirits I like. To those who like smoke what can I say? It would be interesting to know if more smokers or ex-smokers like smoky scotch more than non-smokers.
Thu. September 30, 2010 10:32 PM - by: Andre
Under $50: Ardbeg 10 for peat; Balvenie 12 for balance. Under $100 Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist for peat; Glenrothes Vintage (1991 if u can find it!). Over $100... Balvenie 21 Port Wood for sweetness and balance. My faves.
Fri. September 10, 2010 12:52 PM - by: Boombatty
Scotch (Whiskey) recommendations are always hard because they are truly very different from each other but more importantly everyone has different tastes. At dinner (with the steak) I love a Laphroaig 10 year (@$40). It is smokey and salty and for me makes a steak great. At the bar I love a Balvenie 12 year Doublewood (@$45). It is a very light and crisp but great tasting scotch (IMHO). It was what my buddies always order after trying mine. If you like that one I'd also recommend the Dalwhinnie 15 year (@$50). It is very similar in body and flavor to the Balvenie. If you want to venture beyond Scotch into Irish Whisky I'd recommend a Greenore 8 year old if you can find it. It is my favorite Irish Whisky and holds it's own against any scotch (@$50). If you want another good one (albeit pricier) Irish I'd recommend Kilbeggan 15 y.o. Irish Whisky. If smokey, peaty and Salty is your thing and you want something rougher than the Laphroaig I'd recommend Ardbeg Scotch, Ardbeg Nam Biest 1990 ($$), and Connemara single malt peated Irish Whisky. If you want to go Bourbon (Whisky), I personally prefer Basil Haydens. Not expensive and very tasty or Single Barrel Jack which is super smooth.
Tue. September 7, 2010 11:26 AM - by: Jennifer
Hi, I am looking for a single malt scotch for a gift up to $150 - the recipient really likes Macullam 15 so something similar or better Please help asap. Jennifer
Wed. September 1, 2010 5:40 PM - by: Steve
Im looking for a great single malt scotch as a gift and was only looking to spend around 40-50 dollars. Any suggestions
Mon. August 23, 2010 5:00 PM - by: Bill
David, You are looking for Glenlivet 18 or JW Gold. Both are just under your $80 hurdle. The Glenlivet if you prefer no bite to your libations, and gold if you appreciate a bit more personality. Chivas or Pinch (at any age) is an empty experience - kind of like a one night stand (fun but unfulfilling). It is all a matter of preference; you have mine...
Wed. August 18, 2010 10:34 PM - by: david
Hi there, I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm a novice in whisky. I am looking for a whisky that is similar to Johnnie Walker Blue, in that it gives a very very smooth warm drink (I'm particularly interested in the smoothness), yet not as expensive. Could you give me two of your best choices that are like that? And cost between $60 to $80 a bottle? I understand that all whiskys are not the same, but from your opinion which two would you say are closest to the BLUE and yet not as expensive? Also, what do you think of Chivas 18 or highland park 12, are they very smooth and close to what the BLUE is? Thank you very much for you time. Sincerely, David Simhaee
Thu. May 27, 2010 3:21 PM - by: Lagavulin and iodine...
Forrest That's Lagavulin. It's used in blended whiskey to add smoke and iodine. Not my taste either, but worth having on the shelf for people who don't believe it. Iodine comes (I believe) from smoking the barley over fires of seaweed. Ian
Tue. May 18, 2010 7:00 AM - by: Forrest Loftis
In the effort to buy some really great Scotch, I read up on another site and bought Lagavulin 16 yr. and Auchentoshan 21 yr. The Auchentoshan is great but the Lagavulin smells and tastes of iodine so as to make unpalatable. Is this normal. I knew that some scotch has a medicinal first taste but this stays even if cut with water.
Thu. April 22, 2010 5:11 PM - by: Darris
Time to replace the Laphroaig 15 with the 18? I, personally, like it better at least. I actually like the 18 better than the 25 (especially for the price). But the 30 is a different story, wow is that amazing... too bad it's going away.
Wed. October 28, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Jamie
I have enjoyed a few of the whiskies on your list but I was recently in Scotland, and on a trip into the highlands region we stumbled upon the Blair Atholl Distillery. We did the tour and I originally thought that all they made was the Bell's blended whiskey, but to my delight they told us that they only produced a single malt called Blair Atholl that was very hard to get in all but the most high-end whiskey shops in the UK. I tried their single malt and fell in love with it. The tour ends in their whiskey store and when I mentioned how much I like the Blair Atholl they offered that I might also like the Dailuaine. Needless to say they were right and I came back to Canada with a bottle of each to go along with my bottles of Laphroaig and Talisker.

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