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Looking for a great Scotch to try but don’t know where to start? Scotch whisky definitely gets the lion's share of the popularity in the world of whiskey and is a staple of every home bar.

We’ve rounded up the top ten Scotch whiskies you won’t want to miss. From Speyside to Islay and everything in between, get your glasses ready for this world-famous Scottish legend.

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  1. GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 6 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof109.6 (54.8% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Glenallachie is situated in Banffshire, at the foot of Ben Rinnes, neighboring several other distilleries. Founded in 1967 by Mackinlay McPherson Ltd Glenallachie is one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland. In 1989 Campbell Distillers acquired The GlenAllachie Distillery, starting production run that lasted for nearly 30 years.

    In 2017 Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson came together to acquire the GlenAllachie facility reincarnating the distillery as The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Limited. The highly anticipated core range of the GlenAllachie distillery from Speyside was finally launched in July 2018.

    The water for the distillery comes from the dam heads over 2 miles from the distillery. Henshead and Blackstank flow into Beachshach Burn, which supplies the water directly to the distillery, and sits on the North East of BenRinnes. The distillery was designed to be gravity fed, created with horizontal condensers that maintain a consistent temperature, or increase/decrease to alter the character of the spirit.

    Using a vast amount of aged stock that was obtained along with the distillery, dating back as far as the 1970’s GlenAllachie Master Distiller Billy Walker has masterfully created a signature single malt. After sampling this vast range of casks, Billy was keen to showcase GlenAllachie bottled at natural strength. This GlenAllachie 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1 is a limited edition drawn from a variety of casks, including first-fill bourbon, virgin oak, Oloroso sherry, and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. This incredible Speyside has numerous accolades including a Gold Medal at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards, San Francisco World Spirits Competiton and International Spirits Challenge. 

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    Notes of heather honey, toffee apples, and sweet spice, followed by layers of orange peel. The palate has ample notes of heather honey, vanilla, and toffee, with wonderful notes of eucalyptus, orange peel, and Caribbean spices.
    $92.99
  2. Son of a Peat Batch 3 "The Redeemer" Blended Scotch Whisky

    Proof107.6 (53.8% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Flaviar is a 21st century Members Club that brings together spirits enthusiasts from all over the world who can taste new and unique spirits in a community of spirits aficionados. Son of a Peat is their private label that was inspired by the Flaviar community and now it’s back for the third time already due to popular demand. For the first time ever, you can exclusively taste this wonderfully dark and powerful spirit at Caskers, too.

    BATCH 03 The Redeemer is the third offering in this unique series and brings more smoke, more punch, more fire, and most importantly, more peatiness than its previous brothers. It’s a twelve-whisky blend that fuses the magic of Islay, Speyside, the Islands, and the Highlands in one single offering. Like the previous offerings, Son of a Peat III is bottled at cask strength, weighing in at a vigorous 53.8% ABV. You won’t be focused on that, though, as warm notes of smoke, oak, nuts, sherry, and all that peat will take your taste buds on an exciting journey. There’s no added color and this hand-blended, hand-bottled, hand-sealed, and hand-labeled expression is non-chill filtered. At Flaviar, they recommend you submerge yourself in the dark brooding soul of this unique bottling and experience his brilliance neat or on the rocks.

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    Aromas of peat, earthy hints of smoked meats and a slightly medicinal undercurrent is present. The dark and powerful palate brings plenty of warm notes of smoke, oak, nuts, and sherry before the mighty peat takes over. On the finish, endless notes of chocolate and slightly bitter flavors.
    $81.99
  3. Bladnoch 17 Year Old Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof93.4 (46.7% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Founded in 1817, Bladnoch was initially established as a Farmhouse Distillery by John and Thomas McClelland on their farm. In the following century, the distillery kept growing, the successive generations of the family gradually modernizing the operation. Over the course of the 20th century, the distillery changed hands multiple times, closing its doors during World War II and reopening in 1956 as Bladnoch Distillery Limited. Most recently, it was acquired by David Prior. In 2017, after 2 years of refurbishment and renovation, the distillery resumed production.

    Situated on the banks of the River Bladnoch, in Scotland's Lowlands, Bladnoch stands out as Scotland's southernmost distillery. A quaint distillery, Bladnoch uses just one pair of stills, creating whiskies known for their signature light/delicate character, highly sought after by connoisseurs. They source the water from the Bladnoch River. The whiskey production is overseen by Master Distiller Dr. Nick Savage, formerly of The Macallan.

    The Bladnoch 17-Years-Old Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a limited-edition dram made with local barley and pristine water from the Bladnoch River. This hand-crafted, non-chill filtered delicacy is bottled at a pleasant 46.7% ABV. In 2002 the juice in question entered the ex-bourbon barrels. Then, one part was refilled in ex Californian red wine casks in March 2017 and another in January 2017. The blend, honey, is a silky smooth dram you have to try.
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    The expression sports a fruity nose, while the palate serves hints of oak and marmalade. The finish is malty, according to the producer.
    $138.99
  4. Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Upon his father's death in 1820, a young grocer named Johnnie Walker invested his £417 inheritance into a grocery and spirits shop on High Street in Scotland. While Walker himself was a teetotaller, he sold a popular single malt whisky under the name Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky. When Walker retired from the store in the 1850s, whisky sales represented just 8% of the store's business.

    In 1857, Alexander Walker — Johnnie Walker's eldest son — inherited the store and began improving its selection of single malt Scotch whiskies. In addition, Alexander had apprenticed with a tea merchant in Glasgow and there, had learned the art of blending tea. Under his stewardship, the House of Walker began blending whisky and bottling it in an iconic, square bottle adorned with a slanted label. By the time Alexander Walker retired in the 1880s, whisky sales represented over 95% of the store's business.

    Johnnie Walker Double Black was created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge as a darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label. This recent addition to the range is matured in heavily charred casks and uses a greater proportion of characterful West Coast and Island whiskies to enhance iconic flavors to an incredible level of intensity. Johnnie Walker Double Black is full-bodied, with an intense smoky character and layers of spice.

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    Sweet smoke and cloves on the nose. The palate is intensely peaty with dried fruits, crisp apples, citrus and smooth vanilla. The finish is lingering and warm with smoky spice from the oak-aged casks.
    $37.99
  5. Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    This is the original, legendary blended whisky ― Cutty Sark Blended Scotch. Named after the historic British clipper ship, it was the first in the Cutty Sark whisky family. An icon nearly a century in the making, it's a blend of carefully selected (mostly Speyside) whiskies that were matured separately in American oak casks, then blended and married together into a light, easy-to-drink Scotch that's perfect for mixing. Bottled at 80 proof, it's a delightfully smooth, approachable, and vibrant spirit with notes of vanilla, citrus, ice cream, and caramel.

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    The golden whisky opens with bright, vibrant, and lively vanilla and citrus aromas on the nose. The palate is clean, balanced, and light with creamy vanilla, caramel, sea spray, and oak. The medium-long finish is dry with a touch of warmth.
    $21.99
  6. Glen Moray Heritage 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof94.4 (47.2% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Part of their Elgin Heritage range that shows you how approachable their Whisky can be, Glen Moray Heritage 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky brings to the table an incredibly approachable, accessible, and easily enjoyable Speyside flavor profile. It was matured in first-fill American oak barrels, so get ready for plenty of vanilla-forward notes, complemented by fruity notes, lavender, and sultanas. Savor neat, on the rocks, or with a few drops of water.

    Glen Moray was born as West Brewery run by Robert Thorne & Sons. It was converted into a Whisky distillery in 1897. From the very start, quality has been job one. The dedication and "authenticity" of Glen Moray’s Single Malt production is just about as good as it gets — changing very little over their 120 years of production on the same spot. The distillery sits on the banks of River Lossie in the Royal Burgh of Elgin — the historic capital of Speyside — and the road into town passes directly through the distillery grounds. Today they are owned by French Spirits company La Martiniquaise and all of the production goes into their range of fine Single Malts.

    In its first life, Glen Moray was the Elgin West Brewery, until the end of the 19th century, when the brewery was reincarnated as the iconic Speyside distillery. Glen Moray was founded by Robert Thorne & Sons. Situated on the banks of River Lossie, in the Royal Burgh of Elgin, the first spirit dropped from the copper pot stills on the 13th of September 1897. There have only been five Master Distillers since then, which is a testament to their authenticity, and reputation for producing consistent, quality spirit. This pristine craftsmanship has been passed down through generations.

    With over a century of tradition, not much has changed at the iconic Speyside distillery. They continue to mature their whiskies in a wide array of casks, a technique which was once a rarity. Their whisky ages onsite in casks ranging from sherry and chardonnay to port, yielding an impressive spectrum of aromas and flavors.

    After a brief pause in production during WWII, Glen Moray revamped their facilities and expanded, and the distillery is currently owned by French spirits company La Martiniquaise. Graham Coull is the fifth master distiller at Glen Moray. At the helm of the operation, he oversees all of the production that goes into their signature core range, featuring nine single malts.

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    Light gold hue. The nose is both light yet bold with floral notes followed by warm roasted nuts, harvest grain on the stalk, and a distant fruit. The palate is warm, clean, and a tad dry with notes of walnut-apple salad, lemon zest, toasted oak, and spice cake. The finish is medium with more lemon zest and a note of Christmas cake.
    $97.99
  7. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    2
    Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using barley sourced from Crisp Maltings, Portgordon (Portgordon is a village in Moray, Scotland). After the barley has been malted and mashed, it is fermented in wooden washbacks for approximately two days. The wooden washbacks used by Glenlivet are more difficult and expensive to maintain as compared to the stainless steel washbacks used by most Scottish distilleries, but impart a distinctive, floral quality to the whisky.

    Following distillation, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky — part of Glenlivet’s Classic Range — is matured in a mixture of cask types, including American Oak and European Oak. In particular, the American Oak lends the whisky its vanilla character and distinct smoothness, while the 12 years spent inside both barrels gives the whisky aromas of honeysuckle and summertimes fruits, along with notes of fresh pineapple and bitter cocoa on the palate. The whisky has a rich, creamy finish filled with lasting touches of hazelnuts and marzipan.

    Paul Pacult called The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, "one of Speyside’s definitive malts."

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    Aromas of honeysuckle and summertimes fruits, along with notes of fresh pineapple and bitter cocoa on the palate. Rich, creamy finish filled with lasting touches of hazelnuts and marzipan.
    $36.99
  8. Chivas Regal Ultis Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Chivas Regal traces its roots back to 1801, when Chivas Brothers was established as an upscale grocery store in the Scottish town of Aberdeen. In addition to selling high-end food, coffee and spices, the store offered French brandies and Caribbean rums to its wealthy clientele. Widely considered the finest purveyors in all of Scotland, in 1843 Chivas Brothers was granted a royal warrant to provide goods to Queen Victoria.

    James and John Chivas, who joined the family business in the mid-19th century, noticed a growing demand among their affluent customers for a smoother whisky. Unsatisfied with the products currently available on the market, James and John began experimenting with their own proprietary blends, quickly building a reputation as pioneers in the art of whisky blending. The duo released their first blend, Royal Glen Dee, in the 1850s, followed shortly thereafter by Royal Strathythan, each providing a springboard for future Chivas Regal creations.
    Today, Chivas Regal calls Strathisla Distillery in Speyside, Scotland its home. There, Master Distiller Colin Scott, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, continues the Chivas Brothers tradition which began nearly two centuries ago. To create Chivas Regal's signature smoothness, Scott blends single malt whisky produced at the Strathisla Distillery with dozens of other single malts, ultimately producing a scotch that is greater than the sum of its parts.

    "To first become a Chivas Regal blender, you have to spend time with your master blender and many whiskies to understand our unique style of blending," Scott says. "Each Chivas Brother blender forms part of a chain, which stretches right back to the creation of James and John Chivas' first luxury blended whisky."

    Created in honor of five generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Ultis represents the heart and soul of Chivas Regal. It’s the first blended malt Scotch whisky from the House of Chivas Regal. Chivas Ultis contains five precious signature single malts, each one hand-selected from five Speyside distilleries. Less than 1% of Chivas’ entire inventory of whisky was selected to make this exquisite blend, representing the essence of the House of Chivas Regal.

    Chivas Ultis has an aroma bursting with ripe peach and soft red apples, followed by notes of strawberry jam, cinnamon, fudge and honey. The smooth palate fills the mouth with luxurious milk chocolate, echoing the nose with flavors of clementine, orange, and peach layered over a foundation of soft caramel and spicy cloves that leads to a long and sweet finish.

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    Lusciously sweet and bursting with fruity notes, namely ripe peach and soft red apples. There are also notes of homemade strawberry jam, cinnamon, soft fudge and honey.
    $171.99
  9. Dimple Pinch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    1
    Showcasing over 300 years of distilling and blending heritage, Dimple Pinch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is a subtle blend of 15-year-old whiskies, bottled in a unique dimpled bottle. This special dram was a favorite of Felix Leiter, James Bond's best friend in the famous Ian Fleming’s books. Distilled in Cameronbridge, it’s aged in ex-bourbon oak casks to deliver its signature taste. The silky-smooth palate begins with warm malty flavors and burnt oak, followed by an earthy finish with notes of peat, sea salt, and burnt caramel.

    The story of Haig Club goes back to 1627, when Robert Haig began distilling in Scotland, however it wasn’t until almost two centuries later that John Haig established the Cameronbridge distillery. A firm believer in progress, John Haig installed at the distillery what at the time was almost unheard-of technology: continuous column stills that set out his vision for quality blends through innovation, new technology and creativity. Cameronbridge became the first distillery to produce grain whisky using the column still method invented by John's cousin Robert Stein, laying the foundations for the growth and success of the modern Scotch Whisky industry. In 1865, John and eight other grain distillers formed an alliance, and in 1877 Distillers Company Limited (DCL) was formally established. Through time DCL evolved into Diageo, the world's largest spirits company.

    Today, Cameronbridge is the largest grain distillery in Europe and Diageo’s only wholly-owned grain plant. Staying true to its 200 years of distilling tradition to sit at the very forefront of technical expertise and skill, the distillery takes a 21st Century approach to distilling. Cameronbridge recycles all the by-products from the distillation process (grain water and yeast) to produce enough power to run itself. Its custom-made stills run continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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    The nose begins with honey and vanilla aromas. The silky-smooth palate begins with warm malty flavors and burnt oak, followed by an earthy finish with notes of peat, sea salt, and burnt caramel.
    $36.99
  10. Compass Box Vellichor Scotch Whisky

    Proof89.2 (44.6% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Since its inception in 2000, Compass Box Whisky Company has been stewarded by John Glaser, one of the most progressive and innovative whisky blenders of his generation. "Like a winemaker blending grape varieties, we can create layers of complexity by blending whisky," says Glaser, who was named "Innovator of the Year" four times by Whisky Magazine and "Pioneer of the Year" twice by Malt Advocate. While Glaser initially began his career in the industry as a marketing agent, he quickly realized that by blending quality whiskies, he was able to create a product that was greater than the sum of its rare parts.

    Compass Box is a unique blend of grain Scotch whisky. Nearly a century ago, grain whiskies were common across Europe, but were overtaken in terms of popularity when the larger distilleries in Scotland began focusing on single malt whisky. "When good Scotch grain whisky is aged in good quality American oak casks, the results can be stunning," says Glaser. They are strong advocates for quality cask selection. They use only whiskies in their blends that are aged in first-fill American oak casks which tend to yield more vanilla character, richness, and sweetness than the traditionally used casks in Scotch maturation. They also use a high malt content, differentiating themselves from most Scotch whisky producers.

    Vellichor is a part of their Limited Edition lineup of whiskies based on rare and hard-to-find whiskies. It's here that you'll find some of their most creative expressions. "Vellichor" is a neologism that is used for the nostalgic scent of second-hand bookstores. Crafted by Lead Whisky maker James Saxon, the blend is built around two parcels of Speyside Scotch that were partly matured in sherry casks and more than 20 years of age. The rest of the components come from Highland Park, The Macallan, and Caol Ila. The whisky is bottled at 89.2 proof without chill-filtration and added color. The release is limited to 3,246 bottles.

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    Leather, old furniture, and old book aromas greet the nose. The palate is malty with plenty of tropical fruit notes and a sherried character. There's delicate peat throughout that lingers on the finish.
    $943.99