Who doesn’t love scotch? Human Being has been producing scotch since the 1400’s, and it is one of the most loved drinks ever to be made. Initially, Scotch was purely made out of malt barley, until the demand increased and distilleries started making scotch out of wheat and rye. While some people like the peatiness of Islay, some others cherish the crafted blend. But, broadly, when it comes to drinking, scotch is the best that there is. Alongside, today, scotch can be distinguished in to five different categories-: Blended, Single Malt, Single Grain, Blended Malt and Blended Grain. So, it is quite difficult to be lost in the wave, about which scotch to choose and which not to. Because, when it comes to scotch, everything appears to be drink-worthy. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the 10 best scotches in the world just for you, so that you don’t have to fumble around in the liquor shop for the best scotch to buy for an occasion.
10.The Macallan 25 Years Old Sherry Oak
Though there are several other Macallan scotches, which are rated as the finest by many critics, like the 21-year-old Fine Oak, the best production by the Macallan’s are the 25 years old Sherry Oak. The Sherry Oak will impress you by its taste and smell. Tons of fruit with the sweet taste and fragrance of Honey is what makes the 25 years old Sherry Oak so abominable. While you taste this scotch, you will feel like you are waking through a farmer’s market. The blending of Honey in the Scotch, makes it all the tastier and enhances its sweet attracting fragrance. It is obviously expensive given the fine taste and fragrance. It is currently priced at 1000$.
9.Johnnie Walker Blue
Johnnie Walker is one of the most famous brands, when it comes to scotch. While every color of Johnnie Walker attaches a unique sense of smell and taste to it, the Blue color impressed us the most. Every colored bottle of Johnnie Walker blows us away, and the blue version is the totality of every other colored bottle. With a unique taste comprising of toffee, earthiness and smoke, this bottle of scotch is chewy and smooth. Quite Frankly, this is not the best scotch that you will have, if you are an avid drinker, but this scotch will be great for non-drinkers or first-timers because of its pretty good taste. Also, this bottle of Scotch is priced at a meagre amount of 160$.
8.Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch
This 25-year-old Single Malt Scotch, is produced from the oldest brewery in Scotland. Since the 1700’s, the Bowmore has produced some of the finest scotches and is one of the most popular brand all over the World. The Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch spends most of its time in the Spanish casks, and is loaded with the tingly taste of syrups and loaded with fruits. This Smooth and Tasty single malt scotch has the right amount of smoke for the beginners as well, will not upset the seasoned drinkers. The Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch is priced nominally at 350$.
If you are a beginner in the drinking fever, and want to try for something which will not cringe your taste for more, this Scotch will suit you the best. If you were looking for something sweet yet rich, the Glenmorangie Signet will soothe your tongue. Signet is better known as a dessert scotch, and is best suited for a leisure drink after dinner. With a smell of a hard coffee, and a taste of a spicy candy this Glenmorangie Signet is worth a try. The exquisite finish of Signet will brighten your day up. The Glenmorangie Signet is priced at 230$.
The Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch has become an icon in the Scotch Industry by now. They reached their peak when Jim Murray announced one of Ardbeg Uigeadail Canadian scotch as the best Scotch Whiskey of the Year. While we are not talking about that version of Ardbeg Uigeadail, what we are talking about here is tremendous for people who are seasonal drinkers. We would recommend beginners to stay away from this. With shockingly affordable prices and a unique smoky taste, this Ardbeg Uigeadail is something like a campfire. The Ardbeg Uigeadail is priced at only 70$.
5.Laphroaig Quarter Task
The Laphroaig Quarter Task Islay Single Malt scotch is not one of Laphroaig’s best scotch, or not the most expensive one, but it is the most go-to from their scotch lineage. Loaded with peat and wood smoke, it is a scotch that has the peatiness as well as the smoky load. It is a true offering of Islay, and honors the tradition to use small casks to enhance the contact with the oak. It is stored for years, and is allowed to develop over time. The Laphroaig Quarter Task Islay Single Malt Scotch is priced only at 60$.
One of the most sought brands for scotch and whiskey, Chivas Regal has always been known to produce some of the best scotches in the world. Blended with some of the rarest malts in Scotland, the Chivas Regal 18 years old, has won numerous awards for its blending quality and nominal price. With over 18 years of fragmentation, the Chivas Regal 18 years old, has a long finish with a smoky touch. A balanced, smooth and even approachable by the non-drinkers, this scotch is one of the most suitably blend scotches in the World. The Price of the Chivas Regal 18 years old is 70$.
3.Old Pulteney 35-year-old
Fermented for over 35 years, the Old Pulteney 35-year-old was released last year, and only 450 exclusive copies were sold all over the world. The Old Pulteney 35-year-old is for drinkers who drink slowly and for relaxation. The standing symbol of sophisticated scotches, the Old Pulteney 35-year-old is a single malt scotch whisky. With a tremendous finish, the Old Pulteney 35-year-old slowly develops the sensation of sweetness in your tongue which gives away to the impending smokiness. If you are a relaxing drinker, this should be your choice for the next time you go fishing. The price is set at 800$.
2.Glenfiddich 15-year-old Solera
If you want scotches with a great finish at low prices, you should always go for Glenfiddich scotches. The Glenfiddich 15-year-old is one of the best pocket friendly scotch available in the market. Though, Glenfiddich has a series of scotches in their list, this 15-year-old is just awesome and correctly priced. Fermented in Solera process, and spending time in the Portuguese oak, gives the Glenfiddich 15-year-old a honey sweet taste and a warming sensation. A standing proof of good scotches being cheap, the Glenfiddich 15-year-old is prices at only 50$.
Dalmore Selene is one of the world leading producer of fine whiskies. But, this is not one of their regular whiskies we are talking about. The Dalmore Selene 58-year-old scotch is one of their exclusive production with only 30 bottles produced and has created a hype in the wine world. This 58-year-old scotch from Dalmore is named after the goddess of moon, Selene and has an exquisite appeal. The price tag is huge, at 25000$, which is again pretty obvious given the astounding finish of the scotch. With a tinge of coffee, citrus, marmalade and a lot more, the Dalmore Selene is a dream for every scotch enthusiast. You are very lucky if you can find one of the 30 bottles ever released, and moreover at a price less than 20000$.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”