If you know your whiskey from your whisky and have mastered the formula for calculating how rare your whiskey is, then you can call yourself a whiskey connoisseur.

Here we list 10 whiskeys we believe every discerning Afropolitan whiskey drinker should have in their collection.

Ardbeg 10-year-old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

If you know your whiskey from your whisky and have mastered the formula for calculating how rare your whiskey is, then you can call yourself a whiskey connoisseur. Here we list 10

Voted Best Whisky in the World three years in a row, Ardbeg is a bottle that should take prime position in your (locked) cabinet. With its unassuming flavour, it has the honour of being hailed the most peaty malt whisky in the world. Ardbeg is distilled on the South Coast on the isle of Islay in Scotland (hence the spelling whisky. 

Dalwhinnie 15-year-old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

Hailing from Inverness-Shire, Scotland, Dalwhinnie is a rather fine whisky. With what the distillers describe as a “uniquely clean, malty-sweet taste” this whisky will surprise you with its powerful finish.

Bunnahabhain 25-year-old Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, Scotland seems to be place to be when it comes to finding premium quality whisky. This 25-year-old also hailing from Islay has more of a sherry feel to it with a latte, honey, coffee palate. How can that not appeal to ones senses? Get your hands on one, if you can, as only limited numbers were released.

Glenkinchie 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Produced as a replacement to the Glenkinchie 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky the improved formula of the 12-year-old Glenkinchie will be a favourite with the ladies as it’s very light bodied with a very fresh, aromatic nose that brings to mind lemon cheesecake!

Glenfiddich 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

No list would be complete without mentioning one of the most popular whisky names; Glenfiddich. This ancient reserve with its elegant nose is extremely robust yet remarkably soft and has firmly made its mark on the whisky scene. It’s a definite must in any whisky cabinet.

Springbank 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This dark whisky is a true classic that undergoes a unique distillation process different from all others. Produced at a distillery that doesn’t add any artificial colourings to any of its single malts, Springbank is a dark whisky with oak and sherry notes. Keep a bottle close and enjoy it with your favourite cigar.

Talisker 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

According to Michael Jackson (the whisky critic, not the late pop icon), Talisker is a strong, bold whisky that has “a wonderful aroma and full malty taste”. This has given it classic status among the whisky brands.

Highland Park 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Founded by “whisky priest” Magnus Eunsson (preacher by day, moonshiner by night), Highland Park is no stranger to awards! With most of its processes being down by hand it’s easy to see why it’s still a classic. Sweet notes and a smoky finish are what you can look forward to in every glass.

Glenmorangie 18-year-old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenmorangie is a whisky that is made like no other. At the beginning of the process it’s poured into white oak American casks, after it spends 15 years maturing in these casks, 30 % of it is removed and poured into Spanish Oloroso casks for a further three years of maturing; hereafter the two are combined to produce an amazingly full and rich offering.

Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky

It would be remiss of us if we didn’t include Johnnie Walker on our list. Even though they have a “Label” for every taste and every price, we picked the Blue Label for our list. Crafted in carefully hand-selected casks this whisky is incredibly smooth and a firm favourite amongst a majority of whisky lovers!

Did You Know

  • Adding ice to your whisky reduces the flavour, drinking it neat will numb your senses. Adding a drop of still spring water brings out the best of your drink.
  • Only the Scots spell it whisky, the rest of the world brands it as whiskey.
  • Whiskey is actually beer that has been distilled three times.
  • Unlike wine, whiskey does not mature in the bottle.
  • Five major categories of whiskey available are: Scotch, Bourbon, Tennessee, American Blended, Irish and Canadian 
  • Five terms to be familiar with at a whiskey tasting include: Peaty, Estery, Brackenish, Bland and Wood Flavour.