Browse our whisky database by the type of whisky. Different types of whisky often have distinct charactistics and flavours associated with them.
The Best Whiskies in the World, Awards Special
Old Pulteney Navigator
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Almost like a ginger wine, this would make a great rusty nail.
Pearse Lyons Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not intent on pulling the palate in any particular direction.
Pittyvaich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 Pittyvaich has always seemed a bit spirity to me, like a Scottish grappa. This version is softened slightly by the sherry.
Pittyvaich 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 6 You need to be sherry-mad to love this. Water releases more pleasant fruitcake notes on the nose but more harshness on the palate.
Pittyvaich 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 That whisky definitely needs water to cut the edges. Incredibly oily. With a good dash of water, refreshing and invigorating.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% A beautifully balanced islander. The marine aromatic display is just enticing, constantly teasing the malty sweet heart.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.40% That whisky needs a dash of water to find its balance. Refreshing, you would have expected more complexity from the age but not unpleasant.
Port Askaig Cask Strength 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10% 7 I would never have thought this is a 30 Years Old whisky. Very weird aromatic combination. Water brings them all together in a toffee tone.
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A classic Port Ellen. A must-buy for peat heads.
Port Ellen 1978 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 7 Another evolution in the Port Ellen saga. Less austere but also less overtly smoky. Fascinating.
Port Ellen 1979, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 8 From a sadly silent still: a great malt that is too good to chill, but wonderful with smoked salmon or scallops. Or, deservedly, caviar. You serve vodka? Shame on you!
Port Ellen 1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 A very good balance between nose and palate. An island character with a pleasant earthy background.
Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40% 8 A superb Port Ellen,more sophisticated than the Diageo one. Two styles. This one is more an indoor dram. Toeach his own.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old, Special Release 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Old, intense and busting for an olifactory fight. Complex and grizzly, like Clint Eastwood in The Unforgiven.
Port Ellen 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 8 That dram gives you a briny hug. It warms you without burning. A zesty queen of the Hebrides.
Port Ellen 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 8 A wonderful freshener on a warm summer day, citrussy and smokier than phenolic.
Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 Complex with a good balance of fruit and peat.
Port Ellen 6th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Takes no prisoners.
Private Collection Clynelish 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A hint of sulphur in the nose had me dismissing this whisky. It seemed young, immature, callow – but we finishing up flirting.
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 After a few of these, the rebel leader (played by Anthony Quinn) toasts freedom, and we start firing our carbines in the air.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Less complex, with the distillery character coming through much more strongly.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Demerara Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 A bit puzzling at start. Seems somewhat austere and restrained. Then releases sweet notes. Is it an effect of the rum finish?