When it comes to the water of life there is one thing absolutely guaranteed to add value to your bottle, or the bottle your about to spend your hard earned cash on, and that’s an age statement.
As my thirst for knowledge as well as whisky increases I have been drawn to older and therefore more expensive drams and to be honest have been left woefully disapointed. One of the most famous whiskies in the World is the Macallan 18 year old. This bottle will cost in excess of £80 and is smooth with a lovely marriage of flavours and is so what’s the word? Dull? Bland? I dunno, but what I do know is nothing of any real note seemed to pop into my head, don’t get me wrong there was nothing wrong with it but in my quest to find the worlds best whisky it left me cold, no bite no charm, it tasted like a Japanese malt, and we all know what I think of most of them.
I, of course, have experienced this before with the Bunnahabhain 25 yearold, which I actually thought was the Macallan 18 year old when I first put it to my lips.
So far my favorite whiskies seem to be around the 15 or 16 year old age mark, the Mortlach 16 the Benriach 15 Dark Rum, the Green Label Johnnie Walker, I think this is because although there are complex flavours and the marriage of dual casks has worked well there is still a bit of rough and tumble, some attitude that says “Yeah that’s right I’m whisky, treat me with respect bitches”.
With the big names you’re paying for the advertising for a start off and of course you’re also paying, with older whisky, for the amount of whisky lost to the Angels share, all I’m saying is just be careful just because the bottle is costing you £60 don’t mean you’re getting £60 worth of whisky.
Of course it’s all personal taste, but then I have the best taste of all.