First off this article is based on zero science facts or figures whatsoever. It's my opinion and whilst it's an educated one I have been known to be swayed by things like "That time I was in the distillery and the distillery master let me drink stuff from the barrel that you'll never, ever get to taste."
The point is that you should go out and try these, then try others, then find your perfect list yourself. There's more flavours in whisky than wine (alright one fact) there's just less people making it so you tend to taste the same big names over and over and never get to try anything amazing.
5. The Octomore Series, BruichLaddich Distillery, Islay (one more fact it's pronounced 'eye-luh') Scotland.
This series of whiskies hold the record for the most peated in the world so to people who don't like smokey whisky this will taste like an ash tray, the rest of us just get punched in the teeth with flavour.
4. Belgrove White Rye, Belgrove Distillery Tasmania.
Technically not a whisky, it's what we call new make or white spirit, it needs to be in a barrel to be called a whisky but it has so much flavour, texture and complexity I'm breaking the rules. It is also potentially the most environmentally friendly, handmade whisky on the planet so bonus points if you're chatting up a hipster while drinking it.
3. The Singular Overeem Port Cask Matured, Old Hobart Distillery Tasmania.
I don't care what people say about Sullivan's Cove or the Macallan or the Dalmore, this is one of the best finished whiskies I have ever had, and continue to have repeatedly and never find anything to dislike about.
2. Brimstone, Balcones Distillery Texas.
It's Texan, it tastes like slow-smoked bacon with fresh, sweet spiciness and silky texture. Do I really have to say any more?
1. 52.19 Flapping Sails and Ships Timbers, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Edinburgh Scotland.
Only 200-odd bottles ever produced, I covet the last half a bottle I have because it reminds me of my father teaching me to sail as a child. The flavour is sublime and the texture so thick and smooth you'd swear it was honey. If you ever see it somewhere, try it, you will never experience another whisky like it.