Good single malt scotch whisky's are always flavorful and complex. For me, they are best enjoyed when one has time to savor and explore the whisky. It amazes me how many flavors can be uncovered in a glass of single malt especially with the aid of a bit of fresh, clear water. It is also interesting how single malts from different regions of Scotland have different characteristic flavor signatures.
I prefer the Islay and Speyside single malt scotch whisky's especially Laphroaig and Cragganmore. Like wines, the taste and flavor of a single malt scotch can be described using tasting wheels. Here, I have included a tasting wheel for a 10 year old Laphroaig (10yr) and another for a 15 year old Bowmore (another Islay scotch).