Posted by Warrick Mulder on January 21, 2015
Over the past year we have had the opportunity to try various single malts from all over the world. We are not talking about just tasting a dram of whisky in one evening, but rather opening a bottle of each and drinking it over a period of time.
One cannot decide if you like a whisky or not in one evening. Every one’s body, mood and palate change on a daily basis. You might dislike a particular taste one evening and absolutely love it a week later. Therefore, we have compiled a list of our favourite 10 Year Old Whiskies which may help you decide as a first time buyer which you may wish to try.
Let’s start off with whisky from Islay. Islay is one of the most Southern island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Islay has a total of 8 Malt Whisky Distilleries with most of them located close to Islay’s sea shore. The distilleries on Islay are known worldwide for producing peaty and smoky whiskies.
One of the greatest 10 year old whiskies
we have tried from Islay is the Talisker 10 Year Old.
This is a phenomenal whisky with very interesting
flavours. When sipping Talisker for the first time,
you may not like it, however after your second and
third sip, your palate will become accustomed to the
natural spicy, black pepper and sea salt flavours.
Our second whisky from Islay which we
always love is The Laphroaig 10 Year Old.
This whisky is just disgustingly delicious.
It is so peaty and smoky and almost medicinal
the first time you taste it, however as your palate
becomes used to the harshness of the whisky,
you just want more and more and more. Laphroaig
is still bottled in the traditional green medicine
bottles as this was a loophole throughout
prohibition. Doctors could only “prescribe” Laphroaig.
Our third whisky from Islay which we enjoy is
Ardbeg 10 Year Old. This particular whisky took
quite some time to get used to. It is extremely harsh
with a lot of medicinal flavours coming out. However
after retrying it a few times, it became extremely enjoyable.
It is probably a fair amount more peatier than Laphroaig
but will a wonderful whisky for a cold winters evening.
Next, we are going to focus on our favourite Speyside whiskies. Speyside Single Malts are distilled in Strathspey around the Spey River. There are over 50 whisky distilleries in Strathspey. Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest and sweetest single malts.
Lets look at Benromach 10 Year Old.
This is a lovely easy drinking whisky,
very light with subtly sherry flavours.
We highly recommend this as a first
time single malt buyer.
Speyburn 10 year old is another great easy
drinking whisky. Slight tropical fruitiness
flavors come through when tasting it
for the second and 3rd time.
Aberlour 10 Year Old is a rather interesting whisky
to try. It almost has a dry old leather type taste and
make your palate feel dry. However, it is something
to get used to. This is not a bottle you would finish in
one evening, however enjoy it over a few months.
As it has now been discontinued in South Africa,
stocks are soon going to be running very low.