I often get asked by people which whiskies they should buy. But there are as many different answers to that question as there are people asking it. Still, as I wanted to help my fellow whisky aficionados out I developed a little theory:
You shouldn’t buy one whisky, you should buy three.
My theory goes that as long as you make sure you have the following three whiskies in your liquor cabinet you will have all you ever need.
The Old Faithful
This is your standby drink, a tipple you can return to time after time, no matter the occasion. They may not have bags of awards but they deliver and can always be relied on. This would be the dram to get out to introduce someone to whisky or to relax with at the end of a long day.
Think Sullivans Cove Double Cask, Talisker 10, Kavalan King Car.
The Change of Pace
If your Old Faithful is heavily peated then perhaps this one isn’t, if you like scotch then maybe this is a bourbon, perhaps this whisky has been aged in sherry or red wine casks. The idea here is to select a whisky that will give you a nice break from your regular tipple, a little change of pace that can revitalize the senses without making your regular jealous.
Think Eagle Rare, Kavalan Solist, Bakery Hill.
The Big Gun
This is where you splash out a little. This is your special occasion whisky, something you bring out only when it is warranted. Go for quality and age here. You want to be able to savor this one, really sink into it, let in envelope you. Drinking this should be an experience. You’re not going to empty the bottle in a hurry, you’re going to enjoy every last drop of this one, sharing it only with your very closest of friends.
Think Sullivans Cove French Oak, Highland Park 18yo, Ardbeg Corryvrecken.