My top 3 whiskies…

I’ve been immersing myself in the whisky world for a wee while now.  The favourites are starting to make an appearance.  Here’s the whiskies that have made it into my top 3, so far…

#1    Highland Park- 12 year old–  Love it! Actually love it! This whisky has instantly made it to the top spot.

A slight peatiness works on this wonderful whisky.  It gives the whisky an extra edge and makes it come alive.

Tend to find the Islay malts are too smoky- so much so, I feel, it destroys the aromas/flavours.  However, just a touch gives a whisky character.

Water brings out a spicy sensation and takes Highland Park to a whole new level.





#2  Balvenie – Doublewood. 12 yr old

Smooth.. smooth.. smooth.  Notes of caramel, sherry, sweetness and an oakiness. A very pleasant whisky.

Apparently, aged for 10 years in bourbon casks, and then aged for another two years in sherry casks.

A variety of flavours develops as you drink it overtime, which makes it a magical whisky. Even the after tastes surprise you by unexpected offerings of coconut and spice.





#3 Macallan Gold

Bursting with fruitiness- apples and raisins, and accompanied by a touch of honey.

I feel  Macallan Gold has a long lasting finish.  Not many other whiskies follow suit. There is a strength to this whisky. A great companion that offers both oaky tastes and subtle sweetness.



The ones that didn’t make the cut…

Royal Brackla (it nearly did), 

Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glengoyne, Laphroaig, Tallisker, Glenfarclas 

Now that i’m getting a feel for whiskies from the different regions.  I’m discovering your choice of whisky really depends on the mood you are in at the time.  If i’m out with friends – Highland Park brings the kick you need.  On the other hand, chilling out at home- Balvenie does the trick…

What’s currently making your top 3 whisky list?

8 thoughts on “My top 3 whiskies…

  1. Tobi@BarleyMania

    Great selection, Adele. My top 3 might look entirely different tomorrow, but on the spur of the moment, I’d say my favorite three whiskies are the Strathclyde 11yo from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range, the Bowmore Springtide and the Laphroaig Triple Wood.

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      1. Tobi@BarleyMania

        To be honest, I’m always very bad at coming up with such lists on the fly. I might enjoy the best dram in the world one day and if you ask me for my favorite whisky a day later, I can think of a dozen drams but NOT the one I had most recently. 😀 So I had to browse through my latest Instagram pictures to get an overview of what whiskies I had in the past couple of days/weeks. At least from there, picking three expressions didn’t take that much time anymore.^^

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  2. Whisky Waffle

    Highland Park! Balvenie 12! Such great choices! I’m less sold on the Macallan, though. But this is a great article. Most of the time, when people post about their top three whiskies, they are fancy and rare bottlings that no one else has ever heard of.
    So with that said, here are my three, with an aim to lay down some relatable drams:

    The Lagavulin 16.
    The Lark Distillers Edition.
    The Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood

    Yeah… I think I failed my own directive.
    Keep on waffling,

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    1. adelegoodfellow Post author

      Hahaha! I hear ya Nick. At least people can give opinions on accessible whiskies they’ve heard of, rather than random ones they can’t find 🙂 interesting choices. Would love to try Balvenie 21 yr old 🙂


  3. Carissa Hickling

    I recently had a chance to revisit the Highland Park 12 year… and while its no 18 year (sigh…), it is a rather respectable dram.

    I’m still waiting to crack open a The Lark Distiller’s Edition Nick!! 🙂

    My current “open to enjoy at home” 3 bottles (that aren’t impossible to get!) include: Westland American Oak, Bruichladdich Laddie 8 and Paul John Bold – just because I have to be a little proud of India! 🙂

    However the absolute stunner in my current collection? Yes one of those “how the hell do I get my hands on that?” – Lochside 1981 bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. One seriously superior dram.


      1. Carissa Hickling

        Erhm… not sure if Port barrel… The bottle is nicely tucked away in my “I can’t easily get it and be tempted” corner so will just have to wait till its time for tasting arrives. 🙂


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