Single Malt Scotch 10-15 - 2013

Best Single Malt Scotch, 10-15 Years Old


The Fifty Best Single Malt Scotch 10-15 yo Tasting 2013


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 18 single malt scotch whiskies, aged 10-15 years with 19 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the single malts were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and bar snacks were available to cleanse the palate. The judges tasted through two flights of 7 single malts and one flight of 4.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold and Gold medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. Due to the unusually high and extremely close final scoring by the judges, no silver or bronze medals were awarded in this tasting.

The tasting notes which follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions. Ties are listed alphabetically. The regions of origin are identified for each brand.




Oban 14


1. Oban 14 - (Highland)

Nose: Floral, rose, morning dew, faint vanilla, banana, cola notes, mature oak, peat, wood-aged. Palate: Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, honey, almond extract, orange peel, lemon notes, hints of pear, apple, dried fruit, caramel, honey, creamy, nutty, malt, oak, supple, well crafted, elegant. Finish: Buttery, caramel, layers of citrus, peppery, spice, classic.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

2. Speyburn 10 - (Highland)

Nose: Floral, delicate citrus, fruity, coconut, vanilla, malt, oak, armagnac. Palate: Vanilla, butter, creamy, caramel, honey, nuts, almond, raisins, cinnamon, wheat, toasted bread, myrtle, wood, layers of oak, faint spice, smooth. Finish: Light caramel, toffee, citrus, dried fruits, spicy, smoke refined, nice.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Speyburn 10

Talisker 10

3. Talisker 10 - (Isle of Skye)

Nose: Floral, fruity, citrus, creamy vanilla, slight caramel, cola, root beer, mild oak. Palate: Robust vanilla, sweet honey, butterscotch, caramel, layers of cream, toffee, dried fruit, dark fruit, citrus, pepper, spicy, clove, peat, oak, fantastic. Finish: Smoky, malt, peppery, spicy, dry, even.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

4. Three-Way Tie -
Arran 14 - (Isle of Arran)

Nose: Dates, dried fruits, cherry, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, butter, nutty, faint rose, lightly floral. Palate: Toffee, vanilla, salt caramel, cinnamon, spice, ginger, slight lavender, citrus notes, black pepper, oak, dry, amazing, classic. Finish: Wood, peppery, spicy, briny, salt, cereal, smooth, intoxicating, beautiful, medium-long.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Arran 14

Jura 10

Jura 10 - (Isle of Jura)

Nose: Butter, vanilla, cream, citrus, leather, malt, honeysuckle. Palate: Vanilla, honey, sweet, buttery, raisins, citrus, herbal, grassy, hot pepper, nutmeg, clove, smoky oak, cedar, woody, peat, salty notes, maritime, dry. Finish: Licorice, orange peel, creamy, smoky, peaty, touch of wood, clean, smooth, classic, short.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tomatin 12 - (Highland)

Nose: Orange, dried fruit, floral, vanilla, caramel, clove, fruity, malty, briny, leather, sweet oak. Palate: Cinnamon, vanilla, slight honey, notes of banana and tropical fruits, candied fruit, lemon citrus, hint of chocolate, licorice, pepper, spice, smoky, oak, cedar, floral, clean, enjoyable. Finish: Light fruit, apricots, hint of floral, citrus notes, creamy, light peat, peppery, spicy, dry, clean, smooth, well-rounded, short.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tomatin 12

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

5. Three-Way Tie -
Ardbeg Corryvreckan - (Islay)
Aged 10 years

Nose: Floral, citrus, orange, orange peel, dried fruits, currants, vanilla, peaty, woody, maritime, sea spray, salt air. Palate: Dark fruits, dark chocolate, dry, brut, clover, malt, oak, cedar, peat, smoky, maritime, savory. Finish: Spicy, peppery, oak, toffee, almond, butter, briny, smoke, smooth, long.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Ardbeg Uigeadail - (Islay)
Aged 12 years

Nose: Almond, cashew, citrus, bell pepper, peat, cola notes, maritime. Palate: Caramel, toffee, slight molasses, cola notes, spicy, white pepper, clove, ginger, floral, oak, peaty, smoky, briny, iodine, pepper. Finish: Dried fruit, layers of cream, spicy, peppery, dry.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Lagavulin 12

Lagavulin 12- (Islay)

Nose: Honey, raisins, dried currants, banana, floral, peat. Palate: Peppery, spicy oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, sweet cherry, fruit cake, nutty, smoke, peaty, earthy notes, brine, layers of oak, liquid gold, smooth, beautiful, amazing. Finish: Peppery, spicy, salty, caramel, layers of cream, oak, long, nice, smooth, lovely.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Benromach 10- (Speyside)

Nose: Vanilla, cream pie, chocolate, banana, raisins, dark currants, merlot, spicy, nutty, malt, faint oak. Palate: Amaretto, hazelnut, toffee, dried fruits, citrus fruit, melon, cereal, creamy, cinnamon, almond, ginger, pepper, spice, briny, Port wine, well-balanced. Finish: Hint of orange, cream, vanilla, spicy, peppery, cognac, smoke, classic.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Benromach 10

Ballechin #6 Bourbon Cask

Ballechin #6 Bourbon Cask - (Highland)

Nose: Caramel, cream, peat, oak, wood, smoky, briny, maritime. Palate: Vanilla, coffee, maple, peppery, peaty, smoke, cedar, woody, spice, smooth, very nice. Finish: Oaky, wood, creamy, butter, brine, peat, mellow.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Ardbeg Galileo - (Islay)
Aged 12 years

Nose: Malty, subtle notes of vanilla, oaky, woody, peaty, spicy, smoke, salty, sea air. Palate: Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, floral notes, tobacco, oak, peaty, brine, smoky, nutty, peppery, delicate, well-rounded, well-balanced, beautiful. Finish: Spicy ginger, spicy, creamy, salty, smoke, bright, nice, very smooth, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Ardbeg Galileo


Usquaebach - (Highland)
Aged 15 years

Nose: Vanilla, honey, butter, Graham cracker, faint coffee, floral, nutty, briny, oily, rum notes. Palate: Treacle, toffee, vanilla, caramel, slight cream, cinnamon, clove, mocha, malt, tobacco, light oak, peat, mild pepper, smooth, well-balanced, very nice. Finish: Peppery, spicy, smooth, even, great.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Edradour 10 - (Highland)

Nose: Citrus, vanilla, toffee, dried fruits, cocoa, praline, almond, hazelnuts, cloves, spice, allspice, malt. Palate: Fruity, floral, citrus, orange peel, raspberry, honey sweetness, caramel, toffee, chocolatey, coffee, biscuit, nutty, earthy, hot pepper, ginger, spice, oak, dry. Finish: Caramel, dark chocolate, Graham cracker, brine, clean, smooth, savory, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Edradour 10

Ardbeg 10

Ardbeg 10- (Islay)

Nose: Peaty, vanilla, caramel, banana, earthy, oak, ash, smoky. Palate: Peaty, oak, creamy, hints of vanilla, pepper, salty, maritime, smoky, peaty, cedar, ash, nice, well-balanced. Finish: Toffee, caramel, wood, spicy, savory, smooth, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aberfeldy 12 - (Highland)

Nose: Bitter chocolate, banana, orange peel, dried fruit, faint citrus, subtle sherry, almonds, clove, leather, slight brine. Palate: Fruity, raisin, cherries, dark fruit, orange peel, layered spices, cinnamon, sweet malt, creamy, peppery, cedar, oaky, mild. Finish: Peaty, oak, fruit, toffee, creamy, nutty, savory, smooth, delicate, gentle, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aberfeldy 12

Signatory Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered

Signatory Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1998 -
- (Islay)

Nose: Almond, honey, spice, oily peat, brine, maritime, lightly floral. Palate: Raisins, cinnamon, spice, floral, buttery, creamy, citrusy, white pepper, nutty, malt, wood, oak, peat, ash, earthy, light smoke, smooth. Finish: Vanilla, peppery, smooth, creamy, smoky bite, balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

The Dalmore 12 - (Highland)

Nose: Fruity, banana, citrus, floral, accents of molasses, burnt sugar, subtle honey, toffee, butterscotch, caramel, cola, oak, cedar, fragrant. Palate: Sweet molasses, honey, toffee notes, creamy, butter, vanilla, cream soda, dark cherries, dried fruits, figs, nutty, woody, oak, sandalwood, ash, nice, mellow, enjoyable. Finish: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, sweet, creamy, cereal, spice, slight wood, clean, smooth, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

The Dalmore 12




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Tue. April 16, 2013 3:45 PM - by: Lisa M. Anthony
Hi,I purchased this as a gift but instead kept for it's increased value, which I'm trying to establish. I purchase this in 2001. A Single Malt Scotch Whiskey by The Balvenie Distillery,Banffshire,Scotland, in a single cask Container that is certified w/a Bottled&Numbered dates.States "aged 15 yrs", do you know it's present value to a Collector? TY
Fri. March 1, 2013 8:50 AM - by: BBQDad
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Fri. December 28, 2012 4:25 PM - by: Alasdair MacLean
My top 5 from there :- 1 - Lagavulin 2 - Talisker 3 - Dalmore 4 - Oban 6 - Speyburn Best whisky and its not there is Mortlach 16 y.o.
Sun. December 9, 2012 9:28 AM - by: vrh
none of the Ben Nevis bottlings???????

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