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World's Best Single Malt Whisky

Old 4th Jul 2014, 08:08
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My vote goes to Ardbeg of which I am a fan of many years, but I've just acquired a bottle of Glenmorangie courtesy of a bank who messed me around, so I will give my views on that later. I am impressed to see it highly rated by some of you.
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 09:17
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The single malt I was least impressed by was Ben Nevis. Seemed bitter to me. But for my taste, Talisker and Laphroaig for peaty ones, Glenmorangie and Balvenie for lighter ones, and Famous Grouse for everyday drinking.

But it is all a matter of personal taste, and to some extent, how one feels at the time..
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And re how to drink `The Nectar of the Gods;` As some ppruners may remember, I have prior form on this but I state it here again without equivocation! If I want a drink of a good single Malt, and it is a typical South Aussie Summers day (ie 44 degrees C or warmer `in the waterbag`) I will drop a small block of ice in the glass!

So there!!
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 13:21
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If you like a decent malt, cheap- try Lidls 'Ben Bracken'.

It won some award a few years ago, and it's no longer £8.99.......but it's still cheap and extremely pleasant.
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 16:54
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To me, picking the best single malt ever, is the same as picking the best sunset or sunrise ever.

Can't be done, because there will always be more sunsets and sunrises.

I really don't have a best ever single malt, I have a lot of very favorite single malts, which I'll not take the time to list now.

Now, as to adding something to an good to superb single malt. I was told by a man who really knows, that to get the full benefit of the flavor of a good single malt, one must add a bit of water, or (GASP) a small clear ice cube your glass of single malt.

Works for me.
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 17:49
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Which ever one you like.

If you like it then it is the "best" for you.

My problem is I cannot decide and keep spending my money in the search for the Truth!
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 18:02
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Some whisky snobs will rattle on about putting ice in it.

I sort of agree, but only because the ordinary tap water, that should be used, is not widely available.

In Scotland, we have lovely soft drinking water. It really is perfect to have a few slurps neat, then add a little water and continue like that. But you have to have the water!

If you haven't, you haven't!
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 18:09
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The best single malt? The one I've just opened.

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Old 4th Jul 2014, 18:19
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 18:21
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For me - The Macallan. Back in the 70s and 80s (when I was working and earning) wife and I used to go to Florida every 2 years or thereabouts. We always bought a bottle in the duty free and, after spending a sweaty day at whichever theme park was the one that day, we had a couple before bedding down in our motel. Best and tastiest holidays we ever had.
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Old 4th Jul 2014, 18:24
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Agree. The Macallan is a cracking Speyside whisky. Hard to beat.
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Old 5th Jul 2014, 12:57
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I'm told that something similar applies to good Bourbon - you should add water from the same spring that the water used to make the Bourbon came from. Thus the term 'bourbon and branch'.
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Old 5th Jul 2014, 13:36
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Speyside malts just don't do it for me, I would rather have Famous Grouse. Western Isle malts are the nectar of the gods.
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Old 5th Jul 2014, 17:25
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some like blended shite.
Guilty as charged. I'm with SMT on this - just as much whisky snobbery as wine snobbery around. I had a very nice Bells on loads of ice one hot night recently - yummy!

That said, I'll put in a word for Glenmorangie -and it doesn't cost a fortune like some mentioned.
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Old 5th Jul 2014, 20:52
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The Macallan is good. Nice sherry flavours but for a good all rounder I favour Highland park.


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Old 5th Jul 2014, 22:58
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Yes, Highland Park is good too.
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Old 6th Jul 2014, 02:07
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Aussie Single Malts

Just picked up on this thread.Yes Sullivan Cove is good, but for those who would like to sample a couple of other Tasmanian SMWs try the Lark single cask and one I really like, Overeem Port Cask finish. These are right up there with the Scottish and even Japanese best ones.


Just to show no Aussie favouritism, some of the other SMWs I like and have in the cupboard, are Aberlour A’Bunadh, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Ardbeg’s 10 year and Uigeadail, Caol Ila 12 year, Lagavulin 16 year and for a basic smooth one, Dawhinnie 15 year which is, in my opinion, is better than the Genmorangie 10 year old.
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Old 6th Jul 2014, 03:29
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I'm a Caol Ila fan, too.

As for blends, Johnnie Walker double black has moved to the top of my list of well-drink orders previously occupied by Johnnie Walker Red.

The fact that a whisky is a blend should not deter one from appreciating the taste, which is sometimes distinct and compelling. Nor should one assume excellence by virtue of single malt-hood.
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Old 6th Jul 2014, 03:32
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The last word on what to add to your dram.

Saw this stuff in a posh shop in Europe recently (the bottles, not the snifter). Only €7.50 per 100ml.



Once bought two bottles of a single-malt Irish of rather venerable years. One for me, one for gentleman I saw as prospective father-in-law. Should have kept both.
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Old 6th Jul 2014, 05:27
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I'd say you have excellent taste in whisky!
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