The Ultimate Guide To Scotch: 5 Top-Rated Choices

Whether you fancy a single malt or a blended whisky, variety is the spice of life. 

While a whisky can only be classified as a Scotch when it’s been distilled within the Scottish region, kilts are not necessary to imbibe. You can enjoy your Scotch neat, on the rocks, and right off the slopes. 

To help you select the perfect Scotch, we’ve gathered 5 of our top-rated brands to satisfy any palette. 

5 Best Scotches You’ll Want to Try

1. Lagavulin 16yr Scotch

Origin: Islay, Scotland

Take one sip of this 86 proof whisky and you’ll be transported to a driftwood fire at dusk. A complex dram with a long, elegant finish, this malt is unique and mustn’t be missed. Lagavulin is distilled on the coast of Islay and aged in oak casks for a classic smoky flavor.

Lagavulin 16yr Scotch

2.  Macallan Scotch 15yr 

Origin: Speyside, Scotland

You’ll want to drink in this golden butterscotch beauty with your eyes before you lift the glass to your lips. Created from two distinct oaks, flavors unite after 15 years of maturation. This single malt whisky imparts flavors of vanilla, citrus, and butterscotch, along with a subtle spice. 

Macallan Scotch 15yr 

3. Balvenie Scotch 15yr

Origin: Speyside, Scotland

A single malt whisky, the Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask has notes of dark fruits, cherry, plums, and raisins. Matured in a single European oak sherry butt, you can expect a rich taste with elegant oak and subtle spice, and a long, sherried finish. 

Balvenie Scotch 15yr

4. Oban SM Scotch Whisky

Origin: The Scottish west coast port of Oban

Translating to “little bay” in Gaelic, Oban has been crafting uncompromising flavor since 1794. The Single Malt Scotch is 43% ABV and includes the flavors of orange peel, smoke, sea salt, and honey. This bull-bodied highland malt finishes with a long, smooth, and oaky sweet with a grain of salt.

Oban SM Scotch Whisky

5. Macallan Scotch 12yr 

Origin: Speyside, Scotland

You really can’t go wrong with a Macallan. This Sherry Oak 12 Years Old is a classic and complex single malt that delivers a finish of rich wood spice, dried fruits, and a natural rich gold color. A series of single malt whiskies are matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. 

Macallan Scotch 12yr 

Scotch at WildPlum

You can count on WildPlum to carry a wide selection of Scotch throughout the year. Stop in to see our current selection–including the bottles above. You’ll be sure to find the perfect delight for your taste buds. 

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