Single malt whisky is a drink which personifies great craftsmanship and heritage. Thanks to increasing global demand and some great marketing efforts, it is being enjoyed by more and more Malaysian drinkers by the day.
If you find yourself new to single malts yet becoming increasingly fond of this drink, we’ve taken the liberty to compile some of our favourite entry-level single malt whiskies that are widely available in Malaysia right now.
These make a great base to start from, especially if you’re new to single malts. Let’s embark on this journey of appreciating single malts together!
This is by far one of our favourite 12 year old single malt whisky expressions. It is a classic Speyside whisky that has a unique freshness and a distinctive pear-like fruitiness. It is also one of the most awarded single malt whiskies in the world.
This whisky gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types – a traditional oak cask and a European sherry oak cask. Each stage of maturation softens and adds character, resulting in lovely honey and vanilla notes. This is a smooth and easy-drinking whisky is a favourite among both seasoned drinkers and beginners.
Japanese whiskies make up the latest fad in town and the Hakushu 12 Years Old is one of our entry-level favourites. Hakushu is distilled in Suntory’s mountain forest distillery using water from the Southern Japanese Alps. Perfect for those who like subtle smoke flavours, this is truly a unique expression that is well balanced with fruit and herbal notes.
This is one of the most easy-drinking single malt whiskies around, enjoyed for its profile of dried fruits, vanilla, sherry sweetness and wood smoke. It is regarded as one of the best 12 year old single malt whiskies ever made and is an all-time favourite among whisky lovers.
A perfect expression for the more adventurous beginners, the Laphroaig 10 Year Old is one bold and smokey affair. This full-bodied whisky has a huge smoke flavour with a hint of seaweed and a surprising sweetness. Laphroaig is an Islay distillery characterised by its peaty profile, and is known to produce the most strongly flavoured Scotch whiskies.
The Glenmorangie Original is a particularly elegant and floral expression that is aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon casks. It is fine and balanced, thanks to Glenmorangie’s tall stills and a maturation process which only utilises first and second fill casks. It is widely loved for its citrus, vanilla and floral notes.