...aaaaand, i just finished the last drop... when i saw bourbon, i thought...that's a great idea! Go for the Sazerac 18-year. I went over to my little whisky collection...and finished the final drops.
in truth, i am an islay man...just picked up 2 bottles of Springbank 21-year which (i am told) are largely sold out or nearly sold out, as there were only 1540 bottles worldwide. In my top 5 whiskys that i have ever had...the others being the Macallan 30-year, Springbank 35-yr, Glenfiddich '77. The list isn't even 5, as i equate these as one category and then it drops down to: Springbank 18-year '08 batch, St. Magdalene 26-yr, Ardberg Supernova, Ardberg '78, Sazerac 18-year, Glenrothes 85, Lagavulin 16 and Macallan 18-yr.
i own pretty much all of these, and enjoy each and every one. Helps when the Whisky Shop with a few hundred different bottles is 15 minutes walk away!!!
Probably. In truth i believe whisky is the larger family name which includes single malts, bourbons, rye whisky, blends, the Japanese whiskys like Yoichi (the 10-yr is very good), and the Irish whiskys (like Midleton). At least, that is how it is defined in the Jim Murray Malt Whisky Bible (and in Michael Jackson's Whisky Bible).
I believe Bourbon is considered (like peating) a form of treating the whisky. Sherry casking basically...oh and corn is used as well.