Scotch

Scotch is among the most admired and desired of whiskies and it, alone, is really a intricate class of the distilled spirit. This section will allow you to discover the great arena of Scotch whisky on your own.

By custom and standard, Scotch Whisky employs the spelling for whisky with no “e”. The unique smoky taste of this distilled classic is a result of the malt drying method. Portion of which is carried out on the peat-fueled fire, allowing the smoke to come in direct exposure to the malt.

Talisker

While it may not feature peat as heavily as some Islay malts, the subtle peat flavor in Talisker gives an earthy background note that suits the rocky flavor. Because of the complex flavors mixing in this whisky, some people may find it takes a few drinks to get used to it. However once appreciated, you won’t find a better drink than Talisker for relaxing at the end of a long day.

Chivas Regal 12 Year Scotch Whisky

Chivas Regal 12 was one of the first scotch whiskies I ever tasted. At that time, I was just a college student and didn’t know much about scotch or difference between single malt or blended.  People added water to it or mix it with coke or some sort of sodas when they drank it.  Chivas is a big name in scotch world and this particular bottle is widely available and I remember everyone used to give a bottle as gift. Couple of months ago, I had the chance to try some from a full bottle. It is not as bad as I originally thought it was. 

Glenlivet Nadurra

I don’t think that Glenlivet is the kind of whiskey you would expect to get when you ask for a scotch on the plane but if you do get it, it is not likely to be top-shelf connoisseur stuff.  Some consider Glenlivet 12 to be the Budweiser Of single-malts, as it is mild, watery and best of all relatively inexpensive. But that’s not to say that it’s a bad bottle.  As a matter of fact, I personally think it’s a great single malt scotch for the price and truly enjoy the green apple note that is the signature characteristic of this dram. 

Macallan 18

Successfully straddling two traditionally opposite realms, the Macallan 18 is a true achievement in the world of whisky. It has long been known as a fixture in the finest hotels and corporate suites, attaining a reputation as a true symbol of “having arrived.” Even those who do not possess a deep knowledge of scotch will almost automatically choose Johnnie Walker Blue or The Macallan 18 as a way to secure credibility with those who do.

On the other side of this coin is the fact that whenever a particular spirit gains this degree of popularity with the masses, aficionados and whisky snobs tend to abandon it as quickly as possible. The Macallan 18, however is a differentl story. Its reliably high quality and its well-loved cask aging has made this product a consistent winner even among the most exacting of critics.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan is quite simply a Scotch Whisky masterpiece.  When I first got a whiff of this dram, I was really amazed at the deep, vibrant and tart flavors that were present. The “Juicy Fruit” notes were perfectly matched with a wisp of smoke, giving it a refined and delicious aroma. I was beyond shocked when I realized that this bottle contains an astounding 57.1% ABV. This isn’t nearly as strong as the traditional high cask strength whisky, but it is very smooth with a barely noticeable burn. I had to do a bit of research to verify that this was more than 46% ABV.

Lagavulin 16

Lagavulin is an Islay distillery that produces some of the world’s finest single malt whisky. Their flagship product is a 16-year old whisky that’s famous for a rich, peaty aroma and a very mellow flavor. Lagavulin produces limited batches and demand tends to drive prices up significantly; it’s not uncommon to see single bottles of Lagavulin whisky on sale for more than a hundred dollars in the US.

Unlike malt-rich Scotches that present the nose with a distinct scent of molasses, the initial smell of Lagavulin is rich and smokey. Experts can usually detect strong wood components, redolent of cedar or pine, and hint of briney salt air. I would recommend enjoying the heady aroma of Lagavulin neat, before you add any water to it. Like most good whiskies it’s olfactory notes are more potent without dilution.