Drink Scotch Like A Pro
The world of Scotch has no shortage of rewards, but it can be difficult to navigate the options when you’re just getting started. Here’s an overview of some essential selections.
The Glenlivet (12, 15 and 18 Year)
Described as “The single malt that started it all,” The Glenlivet is the biggest selling malt whisky in the US market. Made in one of the most environmentally friendly distilleries in Scotland, the whiskey gets most of its flavor from the casks in which it matures.
The 12 Year Single Malt is characterized by a smooth and welcoming character, and is well balanced on the palate with strong pineapple notes. Rich and exotic, the 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve is known for its fruity, nutty flavors with a lingering trace of sweet almonds and spice. For those that prefer a balanced, burst of orange flavor, the Glenlivet 18 Year Old will provide this along with a spicy, moist raisin finish.
Glenfiddich (12 Year Old and 15 Year Solera)
This Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, whose name means ‘Valley of the Deer’ is the most awarded in the International Spirits Challenge.
The 12 Year Old selection has a distinctive fresh pear, creamy and subtle oak flavor and follows with a smooth and mellow finish. For at least 12 years, it’s matured in the finest American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks in order to create a marriage of the perfect aroma and flavor.
For those who enjoy a palate that includes sherry, raisins, fruitcake and spices, the Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera will not disappoint. Aging in European and American oak carefully releases the virgin cask flavors, and then mellows in a unique Solera vat before finishing in Portuguese oak tuns. This technique was pioneered by Glenfiddich Malt Master David Stewart.
Laphroig (10 Year)
For those who prefer a more smoky and pleasantly rough taste, Laphroig’s 10 Year Old ought to do the trick. Distilled the same way for 75 years, malted barley is dried over a peat fire, giving the 10 Year its bold, smoky taste. It is surprisingly sweet with hints of salt and layers of peatiness on the palate, with a lingering finish.
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