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Top 5 Single Malt Scotch Whisky You Need To Try

June 20, 2024 | Flasked PH

Top 5 Single Malt Scotch Whisky You Need To Try

What are the top single malt scotch whiskys you need to try?

  1. Aberlour
  2. The Balvenie Double Wood
  3. Loch Lomond
  4. The Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old
  5. Benriach

Overview

  • This guide explores five exceptional single malts, each with its own unique personality.
  • From Aberlour's smooth elegance to The Macallan's luxurious dried fruit notes, there's a perfect dram for every palate, beginner or enthusiast.
  • Beyond crowd-pleasers like Loch Lomond and Balvenie, adventurous drinkers can explore Benriach's unique casks and mashing process for a symphony of flavors.

Ever feel like your liquor cabinet is stuck on repeat, featuring the same old bottles night after night? Single malt scotch will change that. This isn't your average drink—it's crafted from malted barley at a single distillery, aged in oak casks for years, and bottled without blending. Think of it as the craft beer of the whisky world—unique and flavorful.

In this article we will give you the top single malt scotch whisky, from smooth and sophisticated to boldly complex, we've got a dram for every palate.

Aberlour

Aberlour single malt scotch from Scotland's Speyside region is a must-try. It's known for its smooth and elegant character, thanks to its unique double cask maturation process. They age the whisky in both sherry butts and American oak barrels, giving it rich dried fruit flavors along with hints of vanilla and spice. The result? A complex and well-rounded flavor that's perfect for both seasoned whisky fans and curious newbies.

You can check out these Aberlour at Flasked:

Unlike slamming shots, this single malt is best savored. Take small sips and allow the flavors to develop on your tongue. Notice the initial sweetness, followed by the rich notes from the sherry casks, and perhaps even a subtle hint of spice from the American oak.

The Balvenie Double Wood

The Balvenie Double Wood is a standout single malt with a unique two-step maturation process. First, it ages in traditional oak casks for a smooth base, then it finishes in Oloroso sherry casks. This double-aging gives it rich layers of flavor: honeyed sweetness, dried fruit hints, and a touch of warming spice. It's complex yet approachable, perfect for single malt newbies.

Feeling adventurous? For a touch of personalization, try adding a drop or two of water. This can sometimes further unlock the whisky's hidden depths, revealing even more layers of its delightful complexity.

Loch Lomond

Looking for a single malt with a bit of mystery? Check out Loch Lomond. Located on the banks of Scotland's largest loch, this distillery loves to experiment, offering a versatile range of flavors. Whether you’re new to single malts or a seasoned scotch fan, Loch Lomond has something for you—from light and fruity to rich and complex.

Enjoy Loch Lomond neat in a snifter glass to savor its full range of aromas and flavors. If it feels too strong, add a few ice cubes to open up even more layers of deliciousness.

Here are some Loch Lomond single malt whiskey you can try at Flasked:

The Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old

The Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old

Ever wondered what happens when you age a whisky in a fancy sherry-soaked cask for 18 whole years? The Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old isn't your average whiskey. Each sip is like a party in your mouth, dried fruits like juicy raisins and plump dates take center stage, with warm spices like cinnamon and ginger crashing the party, and a hint of dark chocolate sneaking in for a surprise.

Eighteen years of aging might sound like a long time but for this whisky, it's pure magic. It mellows out all the harsh edges, leaving behind a smooth and luxurious experience that's anything but boring.

Bonus Tip: If you're feeling fancy, pair the Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old with some dark chocolate or a slice of rich blue cheese. The contrasting flavors will create a truly decadent experience!

Benriach

When you think Speyside scotch, you might picture malts raised in the same old bourbon casks. But The Benriach? They throw out the rulebook and host a flavor party in every single bottle!

But here's the thing: their wild side translates to seriously delicious results. It all starts with their water source, a super mineral-rich aquifer hidden deep beneath the distillery. They use a special four-step "water mash" process to unlock maximum sweetness from the barley. Think of it like a secret ingredient that adds a depth of flavor to the party.

The end result? A symphony of flavors that's anything but boring. We're talking juicy fruits, warming spices, and a touch of honeyed sweetness, all thanks to their unique cask choices and special mashing technique.

Key Takeaway

The world of single malt scotch offers a journey of discovery for every palate. While this list has highlighted just a few exceptional options, it's just the beginning. Remember, the best way to find your favorite whisky is to explore! Don't be afraid to experiment with different regions, ages, and cask finishes. With a little exploration, you're sure to find the perfect single malt scotch to become your new favorite dram.

Flasked Ph boasts a massive selection of whiskeys and other premium spirits so whether you're a whiskey aficionado with a refined palate or just starting to explore, you're guaranteed to find something you'll love. Contact us or visit our website to shop.

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