Malt Madness focusses mainly on Scotch single malt whisky.
But the world of whisky stretches a lot further. And not just beyond the borders of Scotland, mind you. Single malts are just one kind of whisky; blends and vatted malts are whisky types in their own right.
(See the
Malt mAlmanac for more information on this subject.)

'Bastard' Scotch single malts
(Bottles of unknown origin - single malts according to the label)

47 - Ardnave 10yo (MOD - questionable origin - possibly no real single malt)
43 - Ben Wyvis 10yo (MOD - questionable origin - possibly Tullibardine 10.)
35 - Cockburn 6yo (Questionable origin - possibly Tamdhu)
78 - Ileach n.a.s. (Islay) (Unknown origin - possibly ayoung Laphroaig)
76 - Macleod's 8yo Island (Unknown origin - possibly Lagavulin 8yo)
75 - Vintage Campbeltown 8yo (2001 bottling - Glen Scotia 8yo)
80 - Vintage Campbeltown 10yo (2002 bottling - Glen Scotia 10yo)
63 - Vintage Highland 7yo (2000 bottling - Longmorn 7yo)
81 - Vintage Islay n.a.s. (1995/96 bottling - no longer available - Lagavulin 6yo)
78 - Vintage Islay 5yo (2000 bottling - Lagavulin 5yo)
81 - Vintage Islay 5yo Cask Strength 58.4% (2000 bottling - Lagavulin 5yo)
54 - Vintage Mull 6yo (2000 bottling - Ledaig 6yo)
72 - Vintage Orkney 7yo (2000 bottling - Highland Park 7yo)
76 - Vintage Skye 8yo (2000 bottling - Talisker 8yo)
82 - Vintage Island 8yo Cask Strength (2001 bottling - Talisker 8yo 57%)

Related remarks and
recommendations

It wasn't before 1997 that I seriously started rating vatted malts, blends, bourbons and the like. It took a few years for my nose and palate to develop sufficiently. Please take into account that I don't take the rating of these whiskies as serious as my nosing and tasting of single malts.

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Character and individuality are very important to me - at least where whiskies are concerned. That is why even excellent blends like Chivas Regal Royal Salute and Original Maclinlay 21 yrs. barely meet the 80 points 'great' benchmark. Single malts simply have more 'personality' and 'character' than blends.
And I just don't like the smell and taste of grain whiskies, I guess.

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Another point of interest: By their very nature, blended and 'vatted' whiskies can be quite different in different years. After all, blending isn't an exact science. The blender has to combine twenty or more different whiskies to produce a uniform product year after year - not an easy task. One more reason not to take these ratings too seriously.

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'Typical Johanno-ranges' for
some other beverages:

Beer: 1 - 55
Wine: 5 - 45
Sherry: 10 - 60
Port: 25 - 90
Cognac: 35 - 100
Armagnac: 55 - 95
Calvados: 35 - 85
Grappa: 1 - 30
Rum: 15 - 65
Wodka: 20 - 45
Gin: 10 - 30
Tequila: 1 - 35

Please bear in mind that these ratings are only meant to indicate my personal feelings towards a specific drink. Fine wines are pretty much wasted on me and this is reflected in these personal ratings.

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When I'm writing this down one more advantage of single malt whiskies comes to mind; no hangover! Could this have something to do with the absence of grain whisky?

Since I discovered single malts, my consumption of other types of whisky has decreased dramatically. After all; why should I waste my time and money on 'nice' whiskies when I could be drinking great whiskies? Well - hold that thought.... Something can be said for the sampling of an occasional blended whisky or vatted malt. For one thing, It helps me to keep things in perspective. Even the single malts that end up in the 'worst single malts' catagory are usually better than your average blend or vatted malt - with the notable exception of Loch Dhu 10 yrs.

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Scotch vatted malts

48 - Blairmhor 8yo
70 - Chivas Regal NAS "100" Century
62 - Corriemhor NAS 'Cigar Reserve'
47 - Famous Grouse 12yo 1989 Vintage Malt Whisky
34 - Glen Green 5yo
41 - Glen Salen NAS
46 - Glen Sloy 5yo
42 - Glen Talloch 8yo 'Pure Malt'
68 - Johnnie Walker 15yo Green Label
38 - MacAllister 8yo
43 - Sheep Dip 8yo
47 - Strathglen 12yo

Scotch blends & grain

14 - Angus McKay
37 - Bailie Nicol Jarvie
19 - Ballantine's
05 - Big Blend
29 - Black Barrel (single grain)
71 - Black Bottle 10yo
52
- Chivas Regal 12yo
81 - Chivas Regal Royal Salute
21 - Cutty Sark NAS
07 - The Claymore
40 - Dimple
36 - Famous Grouse
11 - Gold Label Old Whisky
27 - Grant's
24 - House of Lords 12yo
59 - Isle of Skye 8yo
58 - Isle of Skye 12yo
33 - J & B
20 - Johnnie Walker Red Label
60 - Johnnie Walker Black Label
71 - Johnnie Walker Blue Label
50 - Lochranza
15 - MacArthurs's Best Blend
61 - Mac Namara NAS
13 - Mansion House
58 - Mitchell's 12yo
26 - Old Cricket NAS
16 - Old Smuggler's
80 - Original Mackinlay 21yo
50 - Teacher's
56 - Teacher's '60'
61 - Teacher's 12yo
49 - Te Bheag
39 - Vat 69
34 - Whyte & Mackay
31 - William Lawson's
26 - YB 'Why Be'

Ireland

53 - Bushmills Malt NAS
34 - Clontarf NAS
49 - Clontarf NAS Reserve
56 - Clontarf NAS Single Malt
78 - Connemara NAS
51 - Jameson NAS
57 - Jameson 12yo
73 - Locke's NAS
47 - Millar's NAS Special Reserve
49 - Paddy NAS
52 - Tullamore Dew NAS
(rating varies)
75 - Tyrconnell NAS

Germany

66 - Slyrs 3yo 1999/2002

France

35 - Clonmel NAS
57 - Glenroc NAS (Single Grain)

U.S.A. (Bourbon & Rye)

47 - George Dickel No. 12
26 - Four Roses
41 - Jack Daniels Old No. 7
37 - Jim Beam
45 - McCormick Platte Valley Corn Whiskey
45 - Old Crow

Canada

19 - Canadian Club
37 - Gooderham & Worts
50 - Lot 40
43 - Pike Creek

New Zealand

70 - Lammerlaw 10yo
67 - Milford 10yo

Japan

61 - Suntory NAS 'Kakubin'
77 - Suntory 12yo 'Yamazaki'

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