Standard Malts

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.

Balvenie Doublewood
Bowmore Legend
Bowmore 12
Bunnahabhain 12
Caol Ila 12
Cardhu 12
Clynelish 14
Dalmore 12
Deanston 12
Glen Moray 12
Glenfiddich 12
Highland Park 10
Highland Park 12
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Jura “Superstition”
Lagavulin 16
Laphroaig 10
Ledaig 10
Macallan 10, Fine Oak
Talisker 10
Tobermory 10
Tomatin 12


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