I find that I have a problem writing about whisky – I tend to like them all. And, while it’s true that I’m willing to give just about every distillery that takes the time to lay down a spirit for around 7 to 12 years the benefit of the doubt, I also have my favorites (and less favorite whiskies as well). So I decided to come up with a list of Top Ten essentials I would stock my liquor cabinet with. I’m not talking about rare or unbelievably expensive bottles (so no SMWS bottles or 40 year old Highland Parks on this list – but I’ll still accept them as gifts). These bottles are typically available at better liquor stores in the US and you’ll probably see a few of them in some nicer bars (or all of them if it’s Pipers Pub, I assume):
- Ardbeg 10 year old
- Highland Park 12 year old
- Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
- Laphroaig Quarter Cask
- Glenkinchie 10 year old
- Lagavulin (too much Islay? meh)
- Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old
There you have it, a mix of Islay, Lowland, Highland, Speyside and islands. Also a mix of finishes and maturation.
OK, well report back to me when you have them all in your liquor cabinet and I’ll stop by!