Loved for its rich taste and even richer history, whisky is one of the world’s oldest and most popular spirits. As whisky drinkers and connoisseurs ourselves, we decided to put together a list of our top 10 best whisky choices so you and others can get involved in the whisky tasting too. Without further ado, here are our favourites:
1. Talisker 25-year-old single malt scotch
Originating and distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years, it’s no surprise that our winner of best whisky is a 25-year-old single malt scotch from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This deliciously dry and appetising medium-bodied whisky starts sweet then develops a peppery warmth.
2. Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 100 proof whiskey
Aged in the highest reaches of Jack Daniel's barrel houses in Tennessee, this whiskey has a perfect balance of bold toasted oak and sweet vanilla. The smooth notes of caramel and vanilla give way to the rich oak — as is expected from never-blended single barrel whiskeys. Drink neat.
3. Redbreast Lustau Edition single pot still Irish whiskey
Initially matured in traditional bourbon casks for up to 12 years and then transferred to sherry casks for another year, this unusual Irish whiskey reveals honey, cinnamon, milk chocolate and poached plum flavours, with a distinctive shimmering gold colour.
4. Glenfarclas 21-year-old Highland single malt scotch whisky
As one of the world’s top brands for good whisky, Glenfarclas is known for its traditional Speyside style whiskey. In this case, the 21-year-old creates a symphony of sweet, honeyed malt and mildly spiced fruit. This rich-bodied and long-lasting whisky is an absolute must-have for collectors.
5. Overeem cask strength port cask single male Australian whisky
For those wondering, “what is the best whisky to drink from Australia?” look no further than this favourite of many whisky enthusiasts. Matured in ex-port casks, you can expect the flavours of spiced dried fruit and candied orange with a hint of salted caramel and burnt butterscotch seeping through — perfect for the mature whisky palate.
6. Kurayoshi 18-year-old pure malt blended Japanese whisky
Taking the world by storm, this Japanese whisky has gained worldwide recognition for its unique palate created from remarkable blending methods. This whisky is complex and bold — from the initial sweet and spicy flavours and overtones of dark chocolate and stewed fruit to its bold smoky finish.
7. Glenmorangie Lasanta 12-year-old single malt scotch whisky
If you’re looking for a staple, good whisky for your drink cabinet, look no further than this award-winning 12-year-old single malt. With its light chestnut colour and warm spice with sweet flavour contrasts, you’ll enjoy every sip of this rich and full-bodied scotch.
8. Glenfiddich 21-year-old Reserva rum cask scotch whisky
There’s something truly unique about this traditional Speyside whisky that has matured onsite for 21 years and been finished in Caribbean rum casks. Rich with extra exotic notes of lime, banana, ginger and gif, this scotch is an intense, sweet whisky with captivating aromas.
9. Bowmore Vault Edition Atlantic Sea Salt single malt whisky
As the first of a four-part limited edition series, this whisky has matured in ex-bourbon casks — giving it its unique never-ending sea-sea, spiced blueberry and kumquat finish. This is truly a drinking experience that’s not to be missed.
10. Glenfiddich Project XX Experience 02 single malt scotch whisky
Combining the classic Glenfiddich whisky flavours of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear and unusual hints of candyfloss, almonds and cinnamon spice, this whisky is exceptionally well-balanced.
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