My dad isn’t much of a drinker. He’s more of a six-pack of beer a year and a sip of wine if the occasion insists type than a trained professional like me.
He does have a slight liquid Achilles’ heel when it comes to single malt scotch though, which makes Father’s Day gifting a no-brainer.
Not a blend of different whiskies, single malts are made from a single grain (barley) and a single water source by a single distillery. All that singularity means a glass of this style of scotch comes jam packed with personality, some of which can be pretty over the top.
Islay is Scotland’s southernmost island and its small group of distilleries creates the most aggressive whiskies in the world.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old ($70.20 – $84.99) is arguably the nastiest (in a good way). Boozy and medicinal with a pounding palate of peat, iodine and a touch of sea spray; it’s a rambunctious malt that may pose a challenge for those who prefer lighter whiskies.
Here’s a tip: Try adding a splash of spring water to your next glass of single malt. It helps round out the forward flavours and accentuates the aromas.
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