When it comes to whiskey, I usually drink Johnnie Walker Black label, but a friend of mine pointed out the fact that it is a blended Scotch whisky (Scotch WHISKY is spelt without the “e”) and that if I am serious about my whiskey I should be drinking single malt. A single malt Scotch whisky is made with malted barley (In Scotland, the only grain allowed to be used in single malt whisky is barley) in pot stills at a single distillery. A blended Scotch whisky is a combination of single malt(s) with wheat and/or corn whiskies. Although I still think Johnnie Walker Black Label is an exceptional whisky, that definition put things into perspective for me.
So I tried the Glenlivet, 15 years of age, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. I’m no expert so I will not delve into the nose, palate, finish etc. What I can say it that it’s good, just the right amount of sweet and it’s incredibly smooth, the flavours are not overwhelming.
I will most definitely not stop drinking blended whiskey (yet), but I do appreciate single malts now and I look forward to tasting different brands.