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2014 is coming to a close so here lies the question, which malts have had the most profound influence on your malt journey? For simplicity sake lets go, best single malt, best world whisky(ey) and best other whisky(ey) i.e best non single malt. Best Malt 2014Tied G&M Port Ellen 1979 and Laphroig Quarter caskBest World Karuizawa 27 Year ‘Noh’ WhiskyBest Other Tied Nikka Black(500 ml bottle), Bookers Noe bourbon
I have not dabbled in Bourbon or world whisky nearly enough to add something to those categories. With regard to Scotish single malts, these three are way up there.In no particular order:Glendronach 1993 21yo Cask#5Benrinnes 23 OBBenrinnes 1982 The BottlersYet to come is the Glendronach 1995 Vintage. I'll open that one on Chrismas Eve.
Best malt:Oban 14 yoBest world:Mackmyra MidvinterBest other:Hart Brothers 17 yo Blended malt (finish in 1st fill port pipes)
Can't decide on a single one, so I just listed a few of the best I tasted this year... Best Malt 2014BenRiach 1976/2013 for The Whisky Fair Sherry Cask #731, OABunnahabhain 34 yrs. 1968-2002 Sherry Cask, OAGlen Grant 1972/2011 Private Stock Sherry Cask , TWALaphroaig SMWS 29.115 "Candy floss in a fairground", Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyLongmorn 1972/2010 The Perfect Dram 4 Refill Sherry Wood, TWATalisker 35 J. 1977/2012 Limited Edition, OATomatin 1976/2011 Sherry Hogshead #9, Whisky DorisBest WorldChichibu Mizunara Puncheon Cask #2 Cask Sample (5 yrs.), OAHanyu 1985-2000 Ichiro's Malt Joker (bottled 2014)Karuizawa 1981/2011 Sherry Butt Cask #6207, OABest otherGirvan 1964/2012 Bourbon Cask, Scotts SelectionLochside 1965/2012 Single Blend Refill Ex-Sherry Butt #6779, AdelphiPort Dundas 1990/2011 Limited Edition First fill Bourbon and ex-Sherry Casks, OASpirit of Freedom To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn 1314 – 2014 bottled 2014, Springbank Distillers
New here and still not quite schooled, so just a few that I enjoyed greatlyBalvenie double wood 12 yearNikka no year (Japanese scotch)Glendonach 18
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