The classic gentleman never goes out of fashion. There is something about him, from his grooming, language, manners, and drink of choice that speaks of his true signature style.
Our very own master of malt and whisky expert, Lennon Aguilar, shares his top whisky picks for all gents wanting to explore the world of whiskies.
Without further ado, we bring you a list of the top 10 whiskies you should try. Let the dram roll begin..
The Islay representative in the ‘Classic Malts’ series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
Balvenie Double Wood 12
One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood’s extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks.
Macallan 12 Sherry Oak
A Sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group. Medium-body and quite firm. There are notes of hot pastries and marmalade, sultanas and peels with a developing sweetness from the barley sugar.
An elegant nose, faintly sweet, scented with apple and wood. Glenfiddich 18yo is a robust and full-bodied single malt whisky, yet remains remarkably soft, rounded and long lasting.
One of the most famous malts in the world. Glenlivet 12yo has a soft smooth balance of sweet summer fruits and the floral notes of spring flowers.
Glenmorangie Original 10
The ‘original’ sets a high standard for Highland whisky, and has gone from strength to strength since its slightly controversial packaging redesign a few years ago. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.
Jura Light and Delicate
A core bottling from the Isle of Jura’s only distillery. This 10 year old has exhibits the distillery’s classic oily, briny characteristics. It is more a medium-bodied with a delicate sweet palate, with a hint of brine developing on the finish. A great introductory malt.
This entry level Bunnahabhain bottling comes in a redesigned bottle. This 12 year old is lightly peated for an Islay single malt and consequently is a light, fresh dram. Now at the higher strength of 46.3% – for more complexity and flavour.
For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
These are 10 good reasons to visit 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar in Makati. Named after the year when the first license for single malt distilleries was granted, 1824 has over 100 bottles on display, highlighting an impressive collection of the finest Scotch whisky, nouveau Japanese and Chinese whisky, and Kentucky bourbon.
Its wide repertoire of whiskies makes it the definitive venue for whisky appreciation and further education on the spirit, with carefully formulated whisky flights and guided tasting and classes by request. Styled with dark wood and ambient lighting, the bar’s elegant interiors exude an old-world charm that is both sophisticated and inviting. Guests are welcome to take a seat at the cozy lounges or sit by the bar to delight in their personal favorites.
Located at the 2nd level of Discovery Primea, 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar is open from 4 PM to 12 AM on Mondays to Saturdays.
For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 2 955 8888.