The Best of 2010 – Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

This is the big one, our favourite top ten Single Malts from Scotland, they may not be the highest scoring Malts, but they are our agreed favourites.

The decisions we came to, gathering these ten was not easy, there was discussion, there was arguements, there was huffs and tantrums but that was just Nicola, Jim was laid back and professional, as always, when making very important decisions.

Like the previous listings, these again are in no particular order, and as before we would like our readers to buy and taste as many of these as they can, you can be rest assured, you will not be disappointed in any of our choices.

Here we go the Whisky Boys top ten Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Macallan 11 Year Old Single Cask Whisky from the Douglas of Drumlanrig Bottling by Douglas Laing and Co Ltd. (One of the Whisky Boys favourite Bottlers)

Ardmore – Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Traditional Cask, Peated, 46% Alc/vol 70 cl. (This is the first of our re-visits to past friends)

Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Rollercoaster – Exclusive Ardbeg Committee 10th Anniversary Edition,  57.3% Alc/vol. 70cl. (This is a special edition that is still available online, be quick)

Bowmore Whisky – Cask No. 3.149 A Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Single Cask, 56.4 Alc/vol. 70cl. (The SMWS is the Whisky Boys favourite tasting venue)

Glenlivet Whisky – 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky “French Oak Reserve” 40% Alc/vol 70cl. (Scotch Whisky and French Oak gives an ideal expression of the Auld Alliance)


Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bottle No. 26, Personally Bottled at the Distillery, 54.8% Alc/vol, 70cl (Check out our tasting of this special bottle)

Bruichladdich Organic 2003 / Anns An T-Seann Doigh 46% Alc/vol. 70cl. (Anns An T-Seann Doigh for ” In the traditional way”)

Cardhu 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol 70cl (Presented in a grand decanter with a beechwood stopper)

Linkwood 11 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky, Single Cask Bottling, Sherry Cask, Non-chill Filtered , 46% Alc/vol, 70cl. (from the Douglas Laing stable, one of the best!)

Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% Alc/vol, 70cl. (How does Jim Mcewan do it? Great expression after great expression)


Wow how about that for our top ten, just go out and buy any one and have a wee taste, it is fabulous stuff.

Roll on 2011, how many of these will still be in our top ten, our challenge is to find exceptional drams and taste them, visit where they were born and report to all our readers.

It is an honour to appreciate/taste and love the uisge beatha (water of life). It makes the Whisky Boys proud to be Scottish and associated with such a world wide iconic natural product.


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1 Response

  1. W Shanks says:

    Recently I read your article on a tasting night you had recently on the 7th June. The whisky I am interested in is The Bowmore 1982 Ltd of 501 bottles. I was wondering if you could tell me where I could purchase a bottle. I have tried most of the web sites and I have not seen a bottle for sale. Can you help me track one down. I recently purchased a bottle of Bowmore 1981 Ltd to 402 bottles I believe this is the first in the series.
    Many thanks
    William Shanks

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