I've often been asked what is my favorite whiskey. Well, the simple answer is the one in hand because that is the one you are currently enjoying. I do like a wide range of whiskey choices. Bourbon's offer a sweeter variety with some complex notes. Irish and Canadian whiskeys tend to be much more simple but can be quite smooth and enjoyable. Ryes typically pack a bit more punch yet can be very complex and rewarding in their flavors. Scotches typically offer the wonders of peat combined with spice, florals, and sometimes sweetness. Numerous other choices from around the world are gaining favor with awesome offerings coming out of Japan, Tasmania, India and other non-traditional whiskey producing countries.
Trying to pin down a favorite is just too hard, it kinda makes my head hurt. How in the world do you choose? That said, I'll share two of my favorites.
Scapa 16 is definitely one of my favorite Scotches. It offers light peat with a touch of the sea as its distillery is located on the coast of the isle of Ornkey, Throw in a bit of honey and heather and this Scotch will satisfy most palates. It's distillery is operated by just 3 fellows. It is currently their only offering in the marketplace and shows that sometimes its best to concentrate all your efforts to produce one great product.
The Lark Single Malt Distiller's Selection is a fine whisky made in Tasmania. It was the first distillery to operate after a 150 year hiatus of whiskey making in that region. Tasmania has a lot of the same attributes as Scotland: highlands, lowlands, peat, fields of barley and an ideal climate for making whiskey. This well balanced malt whisky offers complex notes of chocolate and toffee and a little sweetness and some peat. Its a wonder how they went for 150 years without producing whisky in this corner of the world.
Now, I shared mine. What are your favorites and why?
Jeff's claim to fame is that he sleeps with the owner of the Nice Ash. Jeff will share his musings on cigars, whiskey, beer, poker and any other things that peak his interest. I hope you enjoy.