Lucas’s Top 5 Whiskies. At last.

Yes! At last the schedule allows me to present you with my current Top 5 Whiskies list, which by the way is sooo much more interesting than Chris’s.

The choice is utterly subjective and has nothing to do with the availability or price issues . Maybe one day I will create Top 5 Whiskies I Can Actually Afford compilation… the choice would be extremely limited though.

Here we go. In no particular order.

Ardbeg Uigeadail – (I know what you’re thinking – Jim Murray’s Whisky of The Year 2009 – well, Jim knows what’s good). This beautiful un-chillfiltered cask strength (54.2% abv) whisky is a marriage of bourbon and sherry cask matured Ardbegs. Peaty and sweet, earthy and fruity rich and light, Yin and Yang, perfection. I will say no more. Try it! – £39.99

Lagavulin 16 yo – My friend Euan says it’s a gentleman’s drink. I agree, although I know a few ladies who appreciate it too. It’s elegant, it’s big and unforgettable. I was considering giving this spot to Lagavulin Distillers Edition, which I love just as much, but I recalled what another friend of mine, Marcin, said to me in September: “Lagavulin 16 is perfection itself and Distillers Edition is perfection with extension, what would you rather have?” – £38.95

Balblair 1975 – I like everything about this whisky: huge fruity nose, challenging flavour and curiously peaty finish, but also packaging and all the clever but honest marketing that they do. A cracking wee distillery. Chris included their 1997 vintage bottling in his Top 5 list. Well, that I do not understand… – £149.95

Glenmorangie Signet – Is it reasonably priced? No. Is the price sane at all? No? Is this whisky worth it? Absolutely. Last year, when it was launched, I just thought “oh no, another outrageously elaborate packaging for a quiet and indistinctive whisky – Asian markets’ influence”. And then I tasted it, and now it’s here on this list where it belongs. I can’t see it disappearing from here any soon either. It’s a vatting of numerous Glenmorangie vintages ranging from what we would describe as ‘young’ (10yo) to what is commonly considered ‘very old’ (up to 35yo). What is interesting is that the 10yo that goes into this is made with 20% roasted malt, also referred to as chocolate malt, and 80% normal malt. Wash fermented from it is similar to stout. Distilled Guinness, what a thought, eh? The taste? Let me say it’s the chocolatiest and coffiest whisky I have ever sampled. – £111.95

Glenfarclas 30 yo – 100% sherry matured, 5th essence of Amber. This whisky is here for the complexity, richness, balance and vibe. The first 30 yo I have tired, let it be the last one I drink before I die. I said I would ignore price tags in this compilation but in this case I can’t. At just over £100 this whisky is a steal of the century. – £115

You can track (frequent) changes to this and other lists on the Top 5 page.

Chris: What can I say, Lucas. You’re wrong, but I respect your right to be wrong. Nah, but seriously, it’s a good list and I’d be proud to have some of them in my top 10…

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