Speyside’s smallest working distillery, Benromach, has scooped a top award at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (October 2012) for its flagship Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Benromach 10 Years Old.
However, despite the various awards which talk about the best Scotch Whisky, in reality, the really exciting characteristic of this drink is that every one you try is different.
My advice is to go out there and really enjoy finding your own best scotch whisky.
If you feel as though you get as excited about not only the drink, but the history and the culture that surrounds whisky, what it stands for, and the beautiful areas of the world then why not enjoy visiting the fantastically beautiful country of Scotland.
Visit one of the distilleries for yourself or view for yourself the unbelievable scenery on the Scottish Islands, or the island of Ireland.
Personally experience the pleasure and history of a distillery, as well as taking a dram of as many of the different single malt whisky examples as you possibly can.
All this is part of the fantastic journey, that is finding your personal best scotch whisky!
In the 1970's and 80's the worldwide Whiskey industry was dominated by blended products, and all the talk was about the history and the geography associated with the drink.
The attention started to shift to what makes Whisky unique.
Over the last few years interest has grown in the aspects of Scotch Whisky that make each and every one unique.
It is about every one having a unique taste, a different nose, or smell, and of course those exciting colours.
During the previously mentioned decades, to find the best Scotch Whisky was pretty tough, because malt was a secret. It was only sampled in small quantities in Scotland, and it was mainly used as a constituent of blended whisky, which was the bulk of the whiskey produced.
As the 1990's appeared, the interest in Whiskey was being driven by Malt Whiskey. The sheer number of new and exciting examples of Malt Whiskey becoming available was growing dramatically.
It was the interest that malt whiskey generated, all very different, all very unique in their characteristics, that really helped supercharge the popularity of this fabulous drink, widening the market appeal, and offering consumers a chance of finding their own personal best scotch whisky.
I now get a considerable number of emails asking where you can buy the brands listed on this page. My advice is to use the following online retailer. They are UK based and stock a huge number of whiskies, and will ship them to all over the world.
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The world is becoming so much smaller!
I've sampled my own personal favorite scotch whisky in Tokyo, Japan, whilst I've also enjoyed a Bourbon on the ski slopes of France.
Globalisation of this, and many other markets, has played a major part in seeing the message spread, and the huge increase in the popularity of Whiskey.
As we all travel more, we experience new sights, sounds and of course pleasures such as trying to find our own personal best scotch whisky!
Scotland is playing it's part in this growth. They are actually now seeing a growth of new distilleries.
In Fife, a glorious part of the world, a new operation called Ladybank was established in early 2005, and Blackwood from the beautiful Shetland Islands, started distilling in late 2004.
In the lowlands, the Bladnoch distillery, which had long been closed, re opened.
The beauty of these operations are that they are independent.
They use local barley, local water and the typically Scottish environment to provide small quantities of unique malts ensuring the interest of this lovely drink continues.
In 2000, after being closed for some years the Ardberg and Bruichladdich distilleries re- opened, both under new management, both confirming the resurgence on the island of Islay.
The Whiskey from Islay is glorious and is my personal "best Whiskey".
Like the Scotch, the region is lovely and a visit is a major element in the search for your own personal best whisky
So ... I guess I've not answered my own question, or maybe the answers you were perhaps looking for.
The best Scotch Whisky is probably one of hundreds.
Maybe it's one that you have sampled in the Highlands, maybe it's one that you tried in the Lowlands, maybe it's one that has been produced to celebrate a special occasion, and just maybe it's not been bottled yet, or one you have yet to find ... so go on and enjoy trying to find your favorite.
There are hundreds of Scotch whiskeys, and all are unique. Please share with us which ones you enjoy?
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Johnnie Walker Swing
Simply Delightful.....not the most expensive or exclusive but it rather hard to find. Well worth the effort if you are NOT a single malt snob. …
The Famous Grouse makes the best Scotch & Soda
I recently returned to Scotch Whiskey after a lapse of over 30 years. After going through the Johnnie Walker line - and loving the Blue label and Swing …
Caol Ila 18yrs
From Islay, and it just the best. Smokey and smooth. Stepped over it while tasting our "loot" with that nice Glaswegian guy I met in that hostel …
I discovered this unique highland malt while taking a vacation in Scotland. We were staying in a cabin on a loch just outside of Fort William. …
Johnny Walker Blue Label
I have tried MANY whiskeys. I live in Louisville Kentucky. I have been on many whiskey tours in my state and would have to put Makers Mark as my favorite …
Teachers 5o the best smooth scotch
Out of the world. smooth
Its so smooth that you don't have to really drink it.... just take it close to your lips and it'll find its own way towards heaven on earth.... I have …
Vat 69 and how we enjoy whisky in India
VAT69 is one of the Smoothest Scotch Whiskies available today. I love how smooth it is and it has a terrific smell. Some scotch whiskies give nail …
Glenlivet 12 yr old Single Malt Scotch
Simply the best! Spend more if you want, find some obscure label you can brag about. The bottom line is drinkibility, it is smooth, rich, and warming …
The Balvenie 12-year Double Barrel
I am admittedly a newbie to the art of whiskey drinking, having been a Jack Daniels drinker for probably 20 years. But I recently began trying numerous …
smws 132.5 Karuizawa 14yr sherry butt Not rated yet
Single cask from Karuizawa chosen by SMWS. Heavy px sherry influensed giving you all the good stuff. Raisins, dark choco,leather and hints of tobako. The …
Glenfidich Not rated yet
single malt, best taste smooth, best straight, rate above Glenlivet, Pinch is good blended, Jonny Walker Black is very good blended. I wont drink Chevas, …
The Famous Grouse Not rated yet
My early influence was The Kingston Trio's song Scotch & Soda. That sounded good to me despite my enjoyment of Kentucky Bourbon and water. My …
The Macallan 18 Not rated yet
The Macallan 18 is the best Scotch that I've had. In my opinion, it is the best whiskey in the world. I drink Glenlivet and The Macallan 12 most often …
Laphroaiq quarter cast Not rated yet
The most flavorfull of all the single malts I've had! Wow the taste stays with you. Full peat and smoke, and very smooth with just enought burn.
Glenmorangie Not rated yet
I have been drinking Whisky a very short time. My partner is a Scotsman and I started accompanying him in a drink. I have tried Glenlivet and 12yr …
Port Charlotte 9 Not rated yet
I work at a whiskey bar in DC with about 1200 different whiskeys. The PC9 from the Islay region, combines the peaty and smokey characteristics of a …
J&B 15 YR OLD Not rated yet
In my opinion J&B 15 Yr Old was a revelation!. It was so smooth that i could drink it straight. I usually have my whisky with ice. This is indeed …
Buchanas 18 Not rated yet
Smooth I drink it with pineapple juice
Glenlivit Not rated yet
The year was 1967. I was 17. She was 43. I was mowing her lawn. She said her ex-husband was coming over to get his stuff. She said he coveted his …
Talisker Not rated yet
The true Skye Single Malt. Smoky, strong, and smooth. Accept no substitutes. I worked as a bartender in Edinburgh Scotland for a few months and …
Dewers White Label Not rated yet
Ok the best I have had is Johnny Walker Blue Hands down! Johnny Green not as good as blue but in my top 5 Johnny Black I do not like! Glenlevit excellent …
Johnny Walker Double Black Not rated yet
Undoubtedly whiskey is a very personal experience and it is more about the emotional bond than the taste of it. Though I’m in my early 20s, I am …
Teachers Scotch Whisky Not rated yet
My name is Balraj Singh Hanspal from Mumbai in India. Whisky is growing in popularity and my favourite is without doubt Teachers. It is the best Scotch …
Laphroaig 10 years old Not rated yet
A "very different" whiskey that really stands out above all others I have tried It is that unique smokey, peaty taste. Wonderful!
Dewars 12 year old Not rated yet
I haven't found any smoother Scotch whisky having tried more than I wish to admit. I have to say I am not a fan of single malts. If I can't find …
Benromach Sassicaia Not rated yet
This is an amazing 2002 single malt from the Speyside area of Scotland. What makes this Scotch unique is that it's finished in Sassicaia wine casks …
The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old Not rated yet
The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old. Amazing flavor and smoothness!! I was never a fan of Scotch before. The reason being I had only been drinking …
Bowmore 12 years old Not rated yet
Its classic smokiness is infused with sweet sherry and hints of heather honey.
Glenlivet Not rated yet
I agree that the best thing about scotch is the search to find a great one!. I have tried many a scotch and to me the best is Glenlivet. I started …
Laphroaig 10 years old Not rated yet
I just love the peaty, smoky taste of this. It has nothing to do what are the 'cool kids' or something like that. My 'history' with Laphroaig is simple. …
Lagavulin Not rated yet
A sports bar in Panama is an unlikely venue for the whisky tasting experience of a lifetime. I was with some friends watching the Preakness Stakes …
Johnnie Walker Black Not rated yet
I know that the single malts are the "cool kids" at the moment, but my absolute favorite scotch is the blended Johnnie Walker Black. Blended scotch was …