The Malt Maniacs' Solid Top Whiskies
Recent bottlings (2005-2009)
Updated: June 8, 2009

A short list of 80 fairly recent whiskies that at least six Malt Maniacs found excellent and that gathered an average of 90 points or more.
You just cannot go wrong with these bottlings, but please not that we did not take the prices into account.

 
Aver Bottl Scores
95 Ardbeg 1974/2006 (52.5%, OB for La Maison du Whisky, C#3309, 109 Bts., D07/'74 B08/'06) 2006 6
94 Yamazaki 1984/2005 (56%, OB, 70cl) 2005 14
93 Ardbeg 1975/2005 (47.2%, OB, C#4704, 270 Bts., D12/'75 B04/'05, Feis Isle 2005) 2005 7
93 Bowmore 34yo 1970/2005 (56.6%, Signatory, Sherry, C#4689, 287 Bts., D09/'70 B09/'05) 2005 9
93 Brora 30yo (56.3%, OB, 3000 Bts., 2005) 2005 16
93 Glen Grant 1956/2005 (46%, G&M for LMDW, Refill Sherry butt, 459 Bts.) 2005 13
93 Laphroaig 31yo 1974/2005 (49.7%, OB for LMDW, Sherry, 910 Bts.) 2005 16
93 Ardbeg 1974/2005 (51.7%, OB for France, Bourbon, C#2743, 106 Bts.) 2005 6
92 Brora 30yo (55.7%, OB, 2130 Bts., 2006) 2006 10
92 Glen Grant 36yo 1970/2006 (53.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Sherry, C#7216, 173 Bts.) 2006 11
92 Glenfarclas 1968/2005 (51.4%, OB, Private Bottling, C#689, 152 Bts.) 2005 11
92 Laphroaig 27yo 1980/2007 (57.4%, OB, 5 Oloroso Casks, 972 Bts.) 2007 12
92 Ardbeg 1975/2005 (44.7%, OB, C#4719, 188 Bts., Feis Isle 2005) 2005 9
92 Talisker 30yo (50.7%, OB, 2958 Bts., 2007) 2007 6
92 Bowmore 40yo 1966/2006 (43.2%, Duncan Taylor, C#3317, 171 Bts., D05/'96 B05/'06) 2006 9
92 Caperdonich 1968/2006 (49.5%, M&H Cask Selection, 131 Bts.) 2006 8
92 Highland Park 32yo 1974/2006 (51.9%, SMWS, 4.109, 141 Bts., 'Easy on the Water') 2006 7
92 Bowmore 37yo 1968/2006 (43.4%, OB, Bourbon, 708 Bts.) 2006 6
91 Bowmore 1993/2005 (56.8%, Berry Bros, C#500061) 2005 7
91 Hanyu 1988/2006 (56.3%, Full Proof Holland, C#9204, Puncheon) 2006 16
91 Clynelish 35yo 1971/2006 (46.5%, Douglas Laing Platinum, 246 Bts.) 2006 6
91 Aberlour 30yo 1975/2005 (49.2%, OB, C#4556, 168 Bts.) 2005 7
91 Bowmore 34yo 1971/2005 (51%, OB, Sherry, 960 Bts.) 2005 8
91 Port Ellen 21yo 1983/2004 (62.7%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Sherry butt, C#2734, 563 Bts.) 2005 6
91 Strathisla 30yo (46%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMDW, 2005) 2005 6
91 Benriach 1976/2005 (57.6%, OB for Craigellachie Hotel, C#8079, Bts.144, D11/'76 B09/'05) 2005 9
91 Balblair 1973/2006 (45%, G&M Private Collection, C#3184-3185, 385 Bts.) 2006 11
91 Benriach 37yo 1968/2006 (52%, OB, Hogshead, C#2712, 157 Bts.) 2006 13
91 Glengoyne 19yo 1986/2005 'Ewan's Choice' (51.5%, OB, Sherry, C#441, 600 Bts.) 2005 14
91 Lagavulin 30yo (52.6%, OB, 2340 Bts., 2006) 2006 11
91 Laphroaig 10yo 'Cask Strength' (55.7%, OB, Red Stripe, +/-2005) c2005 13
91 Macallan 30yo 1976/2006 (45.3%, Adelphi, C#2749, 206 Bts.) 2006 13
91 Tobermory 34yo 1972/2007 (49.5%, Whisky-Doris, First Fill Sherry, 96 Bts., D12/'72 B02/'07) 2007 11
91 Yamazaki 25yo (43%, OB, 75cl) c2006 13
91 Caol Ila 25yo 1980/2005 (60.4%, SMWS, 53.98) 2005 6
91 Clynelish 33yo 1973/2006 (54.2%, Signatory, Refill Sherry, C#8914, 455 Bts., D07/'73 B11/'06) 2006 6
91 Lagavulin 21yo 1985/2007 (56.5%, OB, 6642 Bts.) 2007 14
91 Highland Park 30yo (48.1%, OB, +/-2005) c2005 7
91 Highland Park 39yo 1968/2007 (41.8%, Duncan Taylor For The Nectar, C#3460, 183 Bts.) 2007 7
91 Port Ellen 27yo 1978/2006 '6th Annual Release' (54.2%, OB, 4560 Bts.) 2006 7
91 Talisker 1955/2005 (45%, G&M Secret Stills Number One, Dark Sherry, C#1312, D05/'55 B10/'05)  2005 10
91 Port Ellen 27yo 1978/2005 (52.3%, DL OMC for Whisky Fair, REF650, Refill butt, 198 Bts.) 2005 7
91 Banff 32yo 1974/2007 (47.8%, Douglas Laing OMC, REF3521, 272 Bts., D03/'74 B04/'07) 2007 8
91 Brora 23yo 1981/2005 (61%, Duncan Taylor Rare Auld, C#1425, 542 Bts.) 2005 6
91 Highland Park 19yo 1986/2005 (55.3%, OB for Maxxium, C#2793, 1120 Bts.) 2005 8
90 Yamazaki 1995/2006 ‘Owner's Cask’ (58%, OB, Sherry Butt, C#5C3009, 401 Bts.) 2006 6
90 Port Ellen 1979/2006 (55.3%, M&H Cask Selection for Whisky Live Belgium, 150 Bts.) 2006 6
90 Port Ellen 25yo 1979/2005 '5th Annual Release' (57.4%, OB, 5280 Bts.) 2005 7
90 Tomintoul 40yo 1966/2006 (45.2%, The Whisky Fair, 139 Bts.) 2006 7
90 Adelphi 15yo 1991/2006 'Breath of Speyside' (60.2%, Adelphi, C#5642, 615 Bts.) 2006 13
90 Balblair 40yo 1965/2007 (47.7%, Single Malts of Scotland, Anniversary Selection, 215 Bts.) 2007 8
90 Benriach 28yo 1976/2005 (56.9%, Signatory, Sherry, C#9442, 426 Bts.) 2005 14
90 Glenfarclas 1969/2007 (56.2%, OB, Familly Casks, C#3184, 148 Bts.) 2007 11
90 Glengoyne 15yo 1989/2005 'Duncan's Choice' (55.7%, OB, C#1204, 350 Bts.) 2005 14
90 Inchgower 26yo 1980/2007 (59.8%, Adelphi, C#14155, 223 Bts.) 2007 11
90 Inchgower 36yo 1968/2005 (46.3%, Duncan Taylor, C#5575, 142 Bts.) 2005 6
90 Karuizawa 1971/2008 (64.1%, OB for The Number One Drinks Company, C#6878) 2008 12
90 Lagavulin 14yo 1993/2007 (56.5%, OB, C#4893, 700 Bts., Feis Isle 2007) 2007 9
90 Longmorn 1964/2007 (50%, G&M for LMDW, C#1538) 2007 11
90 Longmorn 1972/2006 (45%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMDW, C#1088, 607 Bts.) 2006 14
90 Longmorn 36yo 1970/2006 (56.1%, The Single Malts of Scotland, Sherry, C#28, 255 Bts.) 2006 14
90 Single Speyside Malt 35yo 1971/2006 (51.4%, The Whisky Fair, Sherry butt, 534 Bts.) 2006 13
90 Single Speyside Malt 41yo 1965/2007 (53.5%, The Whisky Fair, Sherry, 150 Bts.) 2007 11
90 Springbank 35yo 1971/2007 (59%, The Whisky Fair, Sherry wood, 239 Bts.) 2007 11
90 Springbank 36yo 1970/2006 (53.1%, Signatory, Sherry, C#1629, 461 Bts.) 2006 14
90 Yoichi 20yo (52%, OB, 2006) c2006 13
90 Clynelish 34yo 1972/2007 (50.5%, TSMOS, C#20156+24651, 409 Bts., D12/'72 B03/'07) 2007 9
90 Glen Keith 1971/2006 (51.8%, Jack Wieber’s Cross Hill, 371 Bts.) 2006 7
90 Murray McDavid 'Trilogy' (40.3%, MMcD, Bowmore, Bruichladdich & Bunnahabhain) 2006 7
90 Port Ellen 27yo 1978/2006 (55.3%, Douglas Laing Platinum, Bourbon, 375 Bts.) 2006 7
90 Glen Grant 1972/2007 (54.9%, The Single Malts of Scotland) 2007 11
90 Glen Ord 30yo (58.7%, OB, 2005) 2005 8
90 Laphroaig 1988/2005 (54.9%, Murray McDavid, Sherry, C#9204, Bloodtub) 2005 6
90 Secret Stills 1986/2007 (45%, G&M, 1.2, First Fill Sherry, C#1361-1363, 1860 Bts.) 2007 6
90 Talisker 25yo (56.9%, OB, 4860 Bts., 2006) 2006 6
90 Caol Ila 26yo 1979/2005 (57.2%, The Whisky Fair, C#1356, 212 Bts.) 2005 8
90 Glen Grant 1972/2006 (46%, Berry Bros, C#1982) 2006 14
90 Clynelish 32yo 1974/2006 (58.6%, TWF, Bourbon Hogshead, 266 Bts.) 2006 13
90 Karuizawa 1981/2007 (58.1%, OB, C#103) 2007 11
90
Tomatin 1973/2006 (46%, OB for LMDW, C#25605)
2006 6
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