Scotch is simply malt or grain whisky made in Scotland, but in order to be considered scotch, it must be distilled in a law-specified manner. Aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels, scotch might seem like it has a lot of rules, but this diverse spirit is truly for anyone to enjoy. Take a gander below for our list of some of the top scotches available on the market.
Bruichladdich Black Art 4
Presented in a sleek, matte black bottle, Black Art 4 is a concoction with a secretive process, known only to the Scottish distillery, Bruichladdich. A sweet, fruity core is complemented here by notes of oak on the nose. The taste is explosive — a medley of many flavors. Coconut, chocolate, lemon, orange, barley sugar, and cinnamon make up the palate. Outstanding, unique, this spirit is a must-try.
Perhaps the flagship of Glenmorangie, a distillery native to the Scottish Highlands, Signet blends the company’s oldest whiskey and their newest spirit — one that has taken bold character in the best casks the world has to offer. Glenmorangie divulges few steps of their distillation process, but one fact is known: A ‘chocolate’ barley malt in part gives Signet its rich, spiced flavor.
Benromach 10 Years Old
This delicious amber scotch has won numerous awards for its modern take on the spirit. On the nose sherry, nuts, and fruit — a rich invitation. A dash of water will bring out charred oak, malty biscuit, and green apples. The taste is flavorful and full, dominated by malt, sherry, berries, cream, and peat. A great celebration of scotch.
Highland Park 18 Year Old
With a nickname, “Viking Pride,” this scotch comes from the Orkney Islands, just north of Scotland. This expansive, remote archipelago is the site where vikings warred for territory hundreds of years ago. Some of the descendents of these vikings are the owners of Highland Park today, crafting a scotch that embodies the wild, rustic character of the history and geography of Orkney. 18 Year Old is the best Highland Park has to offer, with a distinct body, balancing bold flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, honey, and toffee. A multi-award winner with legendary character, 18 Year Old is a viking’s choice.
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
If you’re looking for a scotch with a boozy kick, Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old leads the pack with 46.3% ABV. On the nose this well-developed whisky delivers candied desserts, caramel, and oak. The palate is a bit more complex — a medley of berries, sweet cream, malty notes, and roasted nuts. A forgiving finish of oak and sugar invite another sup.