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Binny’s Mailbag: Top Ten “Smooth Sweet” Scotches


We’ve been opening up the Binny’s Mailbag for a while now – giving you the chance to see the kinds of mail that we get all the time. Its surprising how often these questions are super topical, or how they give us the opportunity to rant. This is one of those questions:


What are the best sweet, smooth single malt scotches that you recommend (top 10)?   Thanks!

– B.B.


Hi B.B.

   What a loaded question! Tops 10’s are hard because inevitably some great whiskies get left out. That said, here is our current top 10, in no particular order and in no particular price range. 


Glenmorangie 18 Year Old – Very light, lots of honey and ripe fruits. VERY smooth.

Dalmore 18 Year Old – Full bodied and incredibly heavily sherry aged. Sweet dark fruits abound with a long, clinging finish. 

Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood – This one is port cask finished, and very sweet, and very smooth. 

Samaroli Glenburgie 21 Year Old – Fairly sweet, but has a slight, coastal-salt balance. Samaroli is an amazing independent bottler.

Signatory Glenlossie 18 Year Old – A hand-picked Binny’s cask. Gently sweet and very light. Smooth even at cask strength. 

Glenrothes 1985 Vintage – Glenrothes is medium bodied and particularly creamy. A sweet butter cream is the leading flavor. 

BenRiach 20 Year Old – Creamy and honey with a balance of citrus fruits. Very gentle and clean. 

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or – This is the light, sweet and smooth 10 year Glenmorangie that sees an additional 2 years in Sauternes casks. ‘Nuff said. 

Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition – Cragganmore is one of the real sleepers in the crowded Speyside category. Fuller bodied than most, and sweeter with less spice. This Cragganmore is finished in port casks, and is incredibly smooth with a rich, raisin-y depth in flavor. 

Blackadder Lochranza 11 Year Old – Don’t be fooled by the island origin of this scotch (distilled at Arran). This is very sweet stuff. Light on the palate and dangerously smooth even at cask strength.  


Hope this gives some guidance. Plenty to choose from! Thanks for thinking Binny’s!


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