A long time ago Bpbleus, a stalwart of the WhiskyWhiskyWhisky forums, an occasional commenter here, and one of the first people I ever swapped samples with, suggested that I put up a page listing reviews of standard, easy to find and/or entry-level malts. I demurred at the time because I didn’t have a whole lot of them on hand to review and I didn’t want my reviews/purchases to be driven by anything other than what I wanted to drink. A year and a half into the blog’s life, however, I’ve now accumulated reviews of quite a few such whiskies and so I’m putting the list up.
It may be of use for people looking for reviews of “everyday” bottles; more likely, it may be of use in giving people a sense of how my palate/preferences line up with theirs, as there is bound to be more of a shared experience of these malts. On the whole, I’d still prefer if people looked at my reviews more as entertainment than as a buying guide—but if someone does want to buy something esoteric on the basis of my reviews they should probably see if my response to a malt they know well is anything like their own.
You may also find my post on stocking a well-rounded single malt bar to be useful or interesting.
Caol Ila 12
Glen Moray 12
Highland Park 10
Highland Park 12
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Macallan 10, Fine Oak