5 Exemplary Single Malts Every Scotch Whisky Lover Should Try Today
From quintessential Speyside expressions to sherry oak finishes, these are the single malt Scotches worth getting your hands on today.
Those in pursuit of the best single malt scotch whiskies of all time are in no shortage of notable expressions to sample. However, sitting somewhere between the unattainably rare (and often sold-out) releases and everyday crowd pleasers are a set of unique and—yes—iconic pourings; each of them available to try now.
The Macallan Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old, 2022 Release
A name familiar to those even vaguely acquainted with the world of whisky, The Macallan is known for its dangerously smooth drams. Matured in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain, The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Years Old is a rich, full-bodied expression marked by notes of ginger, raisin, and oak.
$1199 (700ml); kentstreetcellars.com.au
Aberfeldy 18-Year-Old Côte Rôtie Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highlands distillery Aberfeldy is known for its signature honeyed notes, achieved through a long fermentation and slow distillation. The brainchild of malt master Stephanie MacLeod, this 18-Year-Old expression is finished in Côte Rôtie red wine casks, following two decades of maturation in first-fill bourbon barrels. Honey and vanilla notes intermingle with the tannins and berry notes from the red wine casks, resulting in a sharp yet well rounded palette.
$250 (700ml); nicks.com.au
Tamdhu, 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Founded in 1897, Speyside distillery Tamdhu is known for its exclusive use of Oloroso sherry casks during the maturation process. Its 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is characterised by an intense burst of summer fruits and its luxuriously long, sweet finish.
$189.99 (700ml); danmurphys.com.au
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old, 1993 Release
As the name suggests, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old has undergone two rounds of cask maturation; first in American oak and then in Spanish ex-Oloroso sherry casks. A seminal whisky, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old was created by master blender David Stewart, and, upon its release in 1993, changed the way the industry approached spirit maturation. While many distilleries now have similarly matured whiskies in their portfolio, this expression is the original, and a must-try for any dram lover. The resultant liquid boasts a nutty sweetness, tempered by gentle spices and sherry undertones.
$127.99 (700ml); danmurphys.com.au
Glenglassaugh 47-Year-Old Rare Cask Release Cask #2230 Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon, 1968 Release
Located on Sandend Bay, Glenglassaugh is known for its distinct land meets sea approach whisky. Distilled in 1968 from a single Pedro Ximenez sherry cask, this definitively rich, full-bodied 47-Year-Old Glenglassaugh release is defined by olfactory notes of dates, blackcurrants, and peppercorn, with sultanas, cocoa, and oak on the palette.
$5999 (700ml); nicks.com.au
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