Holiday shopping for single malt Whisky

Posted By Mike Gill on December 10, 2018 | 0 comments


Since my return from the UK in mid- October, I have been busy with many whisky events.

From full six course dinners with the Tomatin range of single malts, to whisky & cheese pairings and many in-store promotions.

A question asked for many years is what’s the best age to buy a single malt? I am convinced its 18 years old and actually many are better than an older expression for a fraction of the cost we pay for the old and rare malts available.

If you are a collector its fine to have thirty or forty year old whisky in your collection and if you don’t open the bottle a sound investment. However, most of us would like to drink our whisky and especially over the holidays.

The only problem buying an 18-year-old is seeking value for money. My top four based on global pricing and quality value ratio are:

Tomatin 18 $ 130 Top quality Oloroso sherry butts 85% 1st fill 15% refill.
Taste: Honey, chocolate, citrus and sweet finish.

Glenmorangie $ 135.82 Matured in both ex bourbon and sherry casks, this is a much fuller and creamier a malt than the 10-year-old. Taste: Exotic fruits, creamy and honey.

Bowmore 18 $ 139.99 Taste: Dark fruits, peaty smoke, orange and a touch of chocolate.

Glenfiddich 18 $ 149.98. Matured in ex bourbon and oloroso casks. Taste: Dried fruits, toffee and ginger.

I see no reason to go over $ 150 in Nova Scotia for a fine 18-year-old single malt and you should find this is true in most countries.

Happy Holidays everyone.

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