Of course, you know what the the best whisky really is…
It’s the one you like the most, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.
I’d like to follow up our annual awards posts with some perspective. The awards are, of course, just a guide–a tool for you to use on your whisky journey. The same goes for our Buying Guide.
I’ve written about this in the past, but there’s many times I have opened a bottle of whisky over the years and didn’t think it was great. Good maybe, but not great. Perhaps it was a bit too young, or too woody, or too sherried. Often I “tweaked” it, by blending it with another whiskey (usually from the same distillery) to make it the way I want it to taste.
For example, I recently tasted an older single cask bottling of Glengoyne which was aged in an ex-bourbon barrel. It was bit woody, so I blended some younger sherried Glengoyne whisky with it (which I thought was a bit too sherried) and the new blend tastes great. (I aquired both bottles over a period of time without being able to taste them first.) I basically took two “mid-80s” whiskies (for me, that is) and made a 90+ blend out of it. And I’m sure there are plenty of people who would have been quite content with those whiskies just the way they were bottled.
The point I’m trying to make is this: what you think about a given whisky is what matters most. Try as many whiskies as you can and buy the ones you like. Use our reviews and ratings as tools along the path. But remember, it’s your path.
P.S. I’ll be taking some vacation but plan to post again here when I return the week after next. In the meantime, happy dramming!