Article No.8. My Whisky Shelf

If you have read and followed my previous articles then you are probably about to embark on your Flavour Chase if you haven’t already done so.  I have previously mentioned that I see Single Malts through the perspective of 3 distinct styles.  My objective was to try as many whiskies as I possibly could within my budget with the hope that my Flavour Chase will lead me to the bottles that I would want stock at home all the time.  However, I learnt quite early on that this objective is futile for me. I enjoy the variety of flavours so much that I very much doubt there a select few bottles that I would always want to drink.  The whisky industry is always trying to find new ways of innovating so the fun of the chase is experiencing the variety of whiskies that are out there and I don’t want to stop.


At the beginning of my flavour chase I obsessed over having a well stocked whisky shelf at home but I soon learnt that it was not financially sustainable for me over the long term and I was not leaving myself enough in my budget to try new whiskies at the rate I wanted to.  Through trial and error I eventually found what worked for me, it may work for you.  My system allows me to stock a selection of whiskies whilst also being able to make space in my budget to try new ones.  I always have a bottle of blended scotch, bourbon, 3 single malts of different styles and some samples for bottles I am unsure about.  Here is what I have at the moment.


Blend: Jameson Caskmate Stout Edition

Bourbon: Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

Single Malt Light/floral: Balblair 2003 vintage, bottled 2015

Single Malt Rich/spicy: Aberlour A’bunadh

Single Malt Full bodied/smoky: Kilkerran 12 Year Old

Samples: Tobermory 10 Year Old 5cl miniature, Glengoyne 12 Year Old miniature and Glenfarclas 15 Year Old miniature