Best Single Malt
What is the best single malt scotch whisky that you have ever tried?
Wow, that is a matter of taste. Different whiskies are good for different things and at different times.
I would say that my overall favorites have been:
Highland Park Bicentenniary Edition (1977 vintage reserve)
Lagavulin 16 yo
Laphroig Quarter Cask
...but there are so many more.
As you can probably tell, I'm a fan of the peat.
Hard question. I'd say that the best I've had was the Scott's Selection North of Scotland 1964. (actually a single grain, not a single malt- but oh so delicious.)
"Wow" is right. If EVER there was a subjective, purely-a-matter-of-taste question on malt whisky, this is it!
Personally, I prefer Highland malts -- distilleries such as The Macallan and Highland Park, for instance. Specifically, I favor the 18 year olds from both, but generally drink the Macalan 12 as my "usual." Some of the Cadenhead special bottlings have been quite special. Others, of course, prefer the Islay malts -- Laphroig and Lagavulin -- but they are too peaty, too much iodine, for me.
I definitely 'lean' towards the island malts, Laphroaig and Bowmore being my overall faves spanning varying ages, but I'd have to admit that Highland Park 18 is among the best malts I have ever tried. Jeez, for something to appeal to all comers I'd be hard pressed to suggest another, unless it was Glenmorangie's Port Wood Finish.