In honor of National Scotch Whisky Day I decided to review three of the single malts in my collection. I chose one from three of the five regions in Scotland: Speyside, Islay and Highlands. In the future I will include the other two: Lowlands and Campbeltown.
Whisky preference, like wine, is all up to individual taste. My review of these three Scotches may very well differ from your own personal experiences and likes. I will describe the color, nose (smell), and flavor of each; which should provide you with some insight into each one. All three were tasted ‘neat’ (no ice or water added) then tasted again with a small ice cube added to decrease the temperature and add a little water.
When I added the small ice cube to each Scotch, it seemed to help mellow the front end heat of the high alcohol Aberlour. It also brought out a little more hidden flavor/depth in all three that I tasted. Some Scotch drinkers only have their pour served ‘neat’. I prefer mine with one large ice cube, to add a little water and to cool the Scotch as well. To each his own.
I realize I have only scratched the surface of the numerous choices in the Single Malt Scotch Whisky world. Next time you are out, many restaurants/bars offer a ‘flight’ of three different styles to sample simultaneously; a gr8 way to explore the many different regions in Scotland without having to board an airplane. Although a distillery tour through Scotland would be a great trip, too.