In the 1991 edition of Michael Jackson's Guide to Single Malt Scotch, the author gives a rating to all of the distilleries producing SMS. As a way to explore the world of single malts, I have made it my goal to taste the product of each one of the 4 & 5 star distilleries. In alphabetical order they are:
5 Star: Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Springbank.
4 Star: Abelour, Ardbeg, Balvenie, Bladnoch, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dallas Dhu, Dalmore, Edradour, Glens Farcas, Gerioch, Grant, -kinchie, -morangie, Scotia, and -turret, Laphroaig, Linkwood, Littlemill, Royal Lochlogar, Longmorn, Macallan, Mortlach, Oban, Port Ellen, Rosebank, Singleton, Talisker.
The distilleries in bold are the ones I've tried already. Except for 2 or 3, I've liked them all.
Later editions did not rate distilleries only whiskies. Are there any on that list that are either impossible to find or not worth seeking out anymore? Are there any distilleries that should be on one of those lists now?