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For general information on Scotch, refer to The Scotch Connoisseur, scotchwhisky.com, Scotch Malt Whisky Society and whisky.com. In the list below, distillery names are linked to their respective Web sites.
#1 Single Malt Scotch pdf Oct 4, 2002
Age Producer, Selection From Variety Price Score +
12 Highland Park Orkney Islands singlemalt $42 93
12 Balvenie, Doublewood Speyside single malt $45 92
10 Glenkinchie Lowlands single malt $38 86
10 Talisker Skye single malt $49 86
12 Chivas Regal Speyside blended $31 86
14 Oban Highlands single malt $45 85
10 Laphroig Islay single malt ??? 83
While we normally focus on wines, several of our members enjoy single malt Scoth and decided to get together for a Scotch tasting. We selected a highly rated Scotch from each of the major regious of Scotland, and we included a well known blended Scotch for comparison. One of our members brought along a bottle of Laphroig for us to try. We followed the same process and rating system we use for wine tastings.
All of the Scotches were delicious, though there were substantial differences between them. The Highland Park came out on top, with its long smooth finish and hits of licorice. The Balvenie, aged in two different casks, came in as a close second. The other five Scotches came in nearly equal in rank, though there were significant differences between them. The Talisker was a bit harsher than the others, but smoothed out in the finish. The Laphroig, with its heavy smoky peat aroma and flavor, was the most distinctive. The Chivas Regal was the least distinctive, but was excellent too.
* The Price reflects the regular price at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.