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May 8, 2024

5 of the Best Scotch Whiskies

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Are you looking for new scotch whiskies to try? Maybe you want to expand your collection but aren’t sure which is best. That is where we come in to help!

Today, we have five of the best scotch whiskies and everything you need to know to help you choose.

1. Glenglassaugh 12-Year-Old

First up, this sensationally moorish single malt. The malt spends twelve years maturing, with four in American oak and eight years in an ex-solera Pedro Ximenez butts and seasoned puncheons. This gives the single malt its sweet flavour with plenty of depth. The chocolate and salted treacle work well together, creating a unique single malt. 

Pair it with chocolate brownies and salted caramel sauce for a sweet treat, or grilled steak with balsamic glaze for a decadent meal. 

Character

  • Nose –  golden syrup, sun-dried raisin, demerara, and pistachio toffee 
  • Palate – dark manuka honey, caramelised date and fit role, grapefruit, and salted treacle 
  • Finish – nougat and macadamia nuts dipped in chocolate fondue 

What You Need To Know

  • 12 years old 
  • Burnt orange 
  • Nougat with chocolate and nuts 
  • 46.9%
  • United Kingdom

2. Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old 

Next, this stunning twenty-five-year-old single malt from Glen Scotia. Winner of a Double Platinum award, the single malt will transport you to the coast with sea salt and ginger, giving this a fresh and spicy taste. 

The single malt is matured for twenty-five years in American oak and finished in first-fill American oak to create its beautiful flavour. It is best sipped as an after-dinner treat where you can appreciate the flavours. 

Character

  • Nose – An Atlantic breeze 
  • Palate – Coastal air, orange peel, red apple, vanilla syrup, and caramel 
  • Finish – Sea salt and ginger 

What You Need To Know 

  • 25 years 
  • Sunkissed bronze 
  • Sea salt and ginger 
  • 48.8%
  • United Kingdom

3. Glenmorangie Amontillado Sherry Cask

This is Glenmorangie’s first collaboration on a single malt, and they nailed it! The aroma of fresh orange and poppy seed cake blends with the peaches, orange, and ginger to create a sweet and slightly spiced drink. It is mouthwatering and will make you want glass after glass. 

The twelve-year maturation is split between eight years in Glenmorangie before being transferred into Amontillado Sherry casks for another four years. Serve with Tim Tams.

Character

  • Nose – baked orange and poppy seed cake, peaches in syrup, cashew nuts, and dried fruit 
  • Palate – orange sherbert, fruit and nut chocolate, ginger snaps, hot toddy, sherried oak, and walnut oil 
  • Finish –  sticky butterscotch, honey-glazed nuts, old leather 

What You Need To Know 

  • 12 years 
  • Rich amber 
  • Butterscotch, honey-glazed nuts and leather 
  • 46%
  • United Kingdom

4. Glenfiddich The Orchard Experiment 

Glenfiddich’s Orchard Experiment is the first scotch to use apple brandy liqueur casks. It provides a deliciously ripe flavour that is sweet, with a light oak scent. While they don’t divulge how long this beauty matures, it is matured in two European and American oak casks before finishing in Somerset Pomona Spirit Casks. It is the final casks where the apple brandy flavours create a unique flavour. 

This is a super rare scotch, with only one batch made, so prepare for a fight to get your hands on a bottle.

Character

  • Nose – marshmallow, apple, pear, strudel, and oak notes 
  • Palate – ripe orchard fruits, fairy floss, creamy toffee, caramelised apple, and woody spice 
  • Finish – candied citrus, toffee apple, and toasted oak 

What You Need To Know

  • Golden straw 
  • Long-lasting sweetness and lightly toasted oak
  • 43%
  • United Kingdom

5. Lagavulin Offerman 11-Year-Old Charred Oak Cask 

Completing our list is this beautiful 11-year-old charred oak scotch. Thanks to its warm and spicy flavour, it is one of the most in-demand whiskies. This is the smokies and charriest Lagavulin yet, providing plenty of spicy and smoky flavours that work well sipped in an evening. 

To create the flavour, the whisky matures eleven years in heavily charred ex-scotch and ex-red wine casks. It is not for the faint-hearted; you need a strong throat and a love of whisky to enjoy this from Ron Swanson’s favourite brand. 

Character

  • Nose – peat, chocolate, red berry, and some cream
  • Palate – peaty, woody, spicy, cocoa, and sweet berry notes
  • Finish – warm, lingering, and spicy 

What You Need To Know

  • 11 years 
  • Golden straw 
  • Smoky, warm, and spicy 
  • 46%
  • Scotland, UK 

Final Thoughts 

Any of these five scotch whiskies will be an excellent addition to your collection. Whether you want a scotch whisky to serve with dinner or one to enjoy after work, there is something here for you! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’re looking to Up Your Wine Game and Drink Better, consider booking a private in-person or virtual wine tasting experience.
Brianne Cohen Wine Educator
Brianne Cohen is a Los Angeles-based certified sommelier, wine educator, consultant, and writer.

Brianne has educated and entertained over 10,000 people through her in-person and virtual wine tasting experiences.

Brianne holds the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Diploma certificate, one of the most coveted wine certifications in the world. When she’s not helping people Up Their Wine Game, she can be found judging at international wine competitions

Brianne aims to make wine approachable and conversational, to surprise and delight with unexpected wine finds, and to give people knowledge (and confidence) about wine in their everyday lives.

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