Best Single Malt By Flavor

For those who would like to explore different expressions by taste, consider the following list. Since the peaty-smoky malts can be quite powerful, a numerical scale is also provided: 1 = mild; 6 = intense. You may also search the our Tasting Notes by typing in your favorite flavour (e.g., sherry, honey, nutty, salty, toffee, etc.). Then, consult our Best By Region List to find our five star ratings by expression.

If you prefer malts that are:

Light, Flowery, Sweet and Salty, then try:

Expression Region
Littlemill Lowland
Bruichladdich Islay
Bunnahabhain Islay
Glen Scotia Lowland
Glenkinchie Lowland

Fruity and Woody, then try:

Expression Region
Glenmorangie Highland
Balvenie Highland
Aberlour Highland
Macallan Highland

Peppery and Spicy, then try:

Expression Region
Caol Ila Highland
Clynelish Highland

Smoky and Peaty, then try:

Expression Region Strength
Dalwhinnie Highland 1
Cragganmore Highland 2
Oban Islay 3
Talisker Highland – Isle of Skye 3
Bowmore Islay 4
Lagavulin Islay 5
Laphroaig Islay 6

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