The Best Single Malt Scotch

Springbank scotchThe Best Single Malt Whiskies according to Forbes magazine:

We at decided to help out by conducting an exhaustive survey, the results of which are my highly personal, totally subjective list of the best single malt Scotch whiskies.

I don’t agree with many of the author’s choices, although they’re all quality single-malts. Many on the list are considered “classics”; those that you read about in novels or articles. One choice I don’t understand is Bruichladdich XVII for the Best Single Malt Islay Whisky:

It’s less peaty than many Islay malts, at least at first. But if you are patient and sip on it slowly, the hallmark Islay flavors of peat and smoke and brine gradually, and most appealingly, emerge. A wonderfully subtle, sophisticated Islay malt.

I agree with his description, but Bowmore fits the “best of” category better, I think; although Lagavulin or Laphroaig could be considered the best too, given their distinct peaty characteristics.

And the author didn’t even mention the Campbelton region, where you can find the exemplary Springbank.

(via growabrain)

2 Replies to “The Best Single Malt Scotch”

  1. I don’t listen to reviews of single malt scotch anymore; or when I do, they have little impact on my opinion of the scotches. Eventually it comes down to personal taste. I initially read most of the main scotch books (e.g. Michael Jackson’s book) to learn about scotch and make some early selections, but once I had my taste of most of the major scotches from all the various regions, I settled on the Islay scotches. I love the peat. None of the other regions produce a scotch that tastes as peaty and earthy as the Islay scotches. If I have a bottle of Laphroaig or Lagavulin in the house, I’m happy. Laphroaig 15 cask strength is the best scotch I’ve ever had. #2 is regular Lagavulin, and #3 is regular Laphroaig. I’d be interested in trying cask strength of any region.

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