When it comes to whiskey, the world of single malts is a treasure trove of flavors and craftsmanship. While the high-end single malts often steal the spotlight, there’s no denying the allure of a well-crafted mid-range whiskey. These golden elixirs strike the perfect balance between quality and affordability, making them a must-try for any whiskey enthusiast. So, sit back, pour yourself a dram, and let’s dive into the world of the best mid-range single malt whiskeys.
5. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Starting off at the bottom, we have Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. This Highland single malt is aged in bourbon casks before being transferred to ruby port pipes, resulting in a luscious and velvety whiskey. The flavors of dark chocolate, cherries, and spices are beautifully balanced, creating a sensory delight. The long and smooth finish leaves you craving another sip, making Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban a true indulgence.
4. Glenfiddich Project XX
The Glenfiddich Project XX is an experimental whisky in the distillery’s Experimental Series which we featured on our first Cavemen exclusive episode. It involves collaboration with 20 whisky experts worldwide who each select a cask for blending. The resulting whisky is a complex and innovative expression, showcasing a diverse range of flavors from various cask types. It’s a limited edition release that highlights Glenfiddich’s commitment to both tradition and experimentation in single malt Scotch whisky. God I love this.
3. Highland Park 12 Year Old
Next up, we have Highland Park 12 Year Old, hailing from the Orkney Islands. This whiskey is known for its balance and versatility. With a perfect marriage of smoky peat and sweet honey, it offers a unique tasting experience. The flavors of citrus, heather, and oak dance on the palate, leaving a long and satisfying finish. Whether you’re a seasoned whiskey connoisseur or just starting your journey, Highland Park 12 Year Old is sure to impress.
2. Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
The Glenfiddich 15 Year Old is a true classic and sits cextremely close to the top spot. This Speyside single malt is matured in a combination of American oak, sherry, and bourbon casks, resulting in a rich and complex flavor profile. With notes of honey, vanilla, and dried fruits, this whiskey is a delight for the senses. The smooth and velvety texture makes it a perfect sipper for any occasion.
1. Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
Here is the chart topper in my humble opinion. If you’re looking for a whisky with a twist, consider Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old. This Speyside gem undergoes aging in traditional oak casks before being transferred to sherry casks, adding a delightful depth of flavor. The outcome is a harmonious blend of sweet fruit, honey, and vanilla, with a hint of spice. Its smooth and creamy texture makes it a pleasure to sip, while the layers of flavor keep you coming back for more. To me, this is the quintessential single malt that simply evokes Christmas.
There you have it, the best mid-range single malt whiskeys that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. From the rich and complex Glenfiddich 15 Year Old to the smokey and sweet Highland Park 12 Year Old, each whiskey offers a unique and enjoyable experience. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a glass of liquid gold, reach for one of these exceptional mid-range single malts and savor every moment.