The Top Whisky Ratings
Looking back at 2018, my whisky journey has brought me many more interesting drams this year. Some distilleries have caught my attention more than others, with Kilkerran, Ben Nevis and Caol Ila among the prime examples. Furthermore, I recall in particular the beautiful blended malts from Compass Box and Douglais Laing, surprisingly good single malts from Balvenie (Peat Week), Glen Scotia (Samaroli) and Fettercairn (Signatory Vintage), and some excellent bang-for-your-buck distillery bottlings (Talisker 10, Ben Nevis 10, Springbank 10). This year also saw the start of my journey into whisky history by tasting whisky that was distilled (and often bottled) further back in time. Obviously, I tried to select examples that had a good reputation based on the opinion of others, posted in Whiskybase or on their own blog. Probably no surprise then that the top 3 of this year are also the three oldest whiskies that I have tasted so far. The evenings I spend time with these were a great pleasure and they have certainly been worth their money (by that I mean the samples, whole bottles would be way out of my limited budget). More will follow soon in 2019, and I already can reveal that we have some potential belters in the cupboard! Other experiences to mention are the blind tasting competition, which brought so much fun by comparing my tasting experiences and knowledge (in a slightly competitive fashion) with fellow whisky enthusiasts, and visiting the local whisky festival. More of those will also follow in the coming year. Finally, below is my list of drams that I tasted in 2018. These ratings are solely based on my personal opinion and experiences as an amateur taster, and do not say that these whiskies are actually good or bad. I have no expectations for 2019 for that matter, but a continuation of the sharing and joy of tasting from last year.