10 Best - Single Malt Scotches


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10 Best - Single Malt Scotches

  1. 1. 10 Best Single-Malt ScotchesData Taken From OutdoorLifehttp://www.outdoorlife.comCompiled By : Aniruddha Ray
  2. 2. ObanIn order to be classified as a ‘Scotch’ Whisky, the spirit,made from malted barley, must have been matured in anoak cask in Scotland for a minimum of three years and havebeen bottled at a minimum strength of 40% alcohol byvolume.A "classic malt of Scotland", Oban is a favorite of Editor-in-Chief Todd Smith and other OL staffers. Coming from theWest Highland region, it offers a blend of the smokier flavorsof the Scottish isles and the lighter tastes found in scotchesfrom the Highlands.The distillery was built in 1794 and is still one of the smallestin the country. Oban is offered in a 14 year version and apricier 18 year Distillers Edition that was first released in1998.Notes: A classic balance—not too smoky, not too sweet. Agreat all-around single-malt that is universally loved andinfinitely sip-able.$69.99Photo: proof66.com
  3. 3. DalwhinnieAnother of the classic malts, Dalwhinnie comesfrom the Highlands and is aged for 15 years. Theword means "meeting place" in Gaelic.Made at the highest elevation distillery inScotland-where the average temperature is 42degrees F, and being snowbound for days at atime is not uncommon-Dalwhinnie scotch issubtly smokey, with a lighter taste that builds to afull finish.Notes: Perfect by itself. Try two fingers neat in abrandy glass, add a dash of ice-water to bring upthe bouquet and sip to your hearts content. Afavorite after dinner drink because of its slightsweetness. Lovely!$59.99Photo: crownwineandspirits.com
  4. 4. LaphroaigLaphroaig is touted as "the worlds most richly flavoredScotch whisky" and has a strong smoky quality due to thedistillerys location on the Island of Islay off the westcoast of the Scottish mainland, which is home to eightactive distilleries.The companys website declares that the fine quality ofthe single-malt comes from their emphasis oncommunity and that "There are 3 main ingredients formaking Laphroaig - Barley, Water, and Yeast, but thesecret ingredient is the People."A ten-year variety is the most common.Notes: If you like a peatier taste to your single-malt, thisis the one. On those cold, rainy nights when you comehome tired, hang your dripping Barbour coat by the frontdoor, light a fire and take a long sip of Laphroaig. It willwarm you right down to your toes.$33.99Photo: laphroaig.com
  5. 5. The BalvenieThe Balvenie was selected by editors Todd Smith,John Taranto and Andrew McKean, because its sowell balanced and smooth.Also available is variety called Doublewood, aged12 years, which takes its name and flavor frombeing matured in two woods, (both oak andsherry) to create depth and a warm finish.Notes: It opens with a sweet nose of fruit, honeyand vanilla, and leaves your palette with a long,warm finish. The perfect whisky after a chillyafternoon of bird hunting.$36.99Photo: thebalvenie.com
  6. 6. ArdbegIf you like your scotch peaty and deep, then youwant to pour yourself a glass of Ardbeg.Made in a distillery that has changed hands, shutdown and been reopened numerous times since1815, Ardbeg has notes of tobacco and coffee andyou can sense the malted cereal.Notes: Phenols are added by peat smoke andcontribute to the smokiness of the malt. Ardbeghas a phenol content of 24ppm, one of thehighest in the industry. If you like a smoky flavor,you will be happy here.$54.99Photo: ardbeg.com
  7. 7. MacallanAnother popular malt among OL staff, Macallanhas been distilled in Scotland since1824. Originally, it was only matured in Spanishoak sherry casks, but the company introduced aFine Oak series earlier this decade.The scotch is the epitome of nurtured, Macallangrows their own barley on their 370-acre estate,uses water drawn from their private springs, andselects only the finest 16% of the spirit formaturation. This creates an enviable full-bodiedrichness.Notes: One contributor declared that he wouldprefer "something other than the 12-year-old ifIm wearing breeks." The fine 18-year variety issilky smooth with hints of leather, licorice andtobacco.$119Photo: themacallan.com
  8. 8. LagavulinAnother Islay malt, with the typically powerfulpeat aroma. This is a balanced, smooth choiceand fares well in international spirits contestssuch as the San Francisco World SpiritsCompetition, where it has received numerous golfmedals.The distillery dates back as far as 1816 and theword Lagavullin translates to "hollow by the mill"in Gaelic.Notes: Most commonly found in its 16-yearvariety, Lagavullin is powerful, stout and smokey.$79.99Photo: klwines.com
  9. 9. The DalmoreThe Dalmore is a Highland malt made from thewaters of a river that runs through the villagewhere the distillery sits. The bottles are adornedwith a noble 12-point stags head and the whiskysmells of lemongrass and citrus.In 2005 a bottle of 62-year-old Dalmore madefrom a blend of casks was auctioned for over$50,000.Notes: The unique, pure character of Dalmorecomes from the unique set up of their stills; acombination of their flat-top wash stills and fourspirit stills that are encased in "cooling jackets".$89.99Photo: thedalmore.com
  10. 10. InchgowerAdded to the list by McKean, Inchgower can bedifficult to find, but is well worth the search.Only a tiny percent of the production volume issold as a single malt, the rest is used to makeblends.Notes: The only lower speyside malt on our list,Inchgower comes from the same region asGlenfiddich, one of the best-selling single maltsin the world.$56.99 (at current conversion rate from theBritish pound)Photo: maltmadness.com
  11. 11. Glenmorangie"Ahh," said another contributor,“Glenmorangie....spoken like a true piper!”Rounding out our list is this Highland whisky,made in the tallest stills in Scotland. Like otherdistilleries, Glenmorangie struggled during theearly 20th century, when global whisky salesdropped dramatically because of prohibition andthe Great Depression in the United States. But thedistillery bounced back and the label is currentlythe best-selling single-malt in Scotland.Notes: Glenmorangie offers an aroma of citrusand fruit, a taste of vanilla and a lingering finish. Agreat single-malt for every-day sipping at a pricethat even a Scotsman can abide.$34.99 (10-year)Photo: glenmorangie.com
  12. 12. Honorable MentionJURA$57.99Photo: isleofjura.com