The popularity of whisky has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to in some cases major shortages of certain beloved brands like Japan’s Hibiki. But on National Scotch Day, you don’t have to shell out big bucks to find those rare drams to celebrate. In fact, there are some quality whisky’s that can be enjoyed at a decent price point with friends this July 27.
Named ‘Best Single Malt Whisky in the World’ at the World Whiskies Awards in 2007. The Talisker 18 has a stunning balance of peat, spice and sweetness.
For who: A great option for someone that appreciates a quality single malt, but doesn’t want to break the bank.
Balvenie 17 Doublewood
This is a 17 year aged version of the already excellent Doublewood. Still initially matured in ‘whisky oak’ casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.
For who: Drinkers looking for a whisky with big aromatics, bold flavours and lots of finishing characteristics.
Highland Park 18
One of the most consistently excellent whiskies of the past 10 years. Showered with awards and praise from practically everyone, it was named as ‘Best Spirit in the World’ by F Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal.
For who: Special guests and drinkers that can truly appreciate a good whisky. Characters of smoke, honey, toffee and fruit provide a well balanced experience.
Glenmorangie 10 year original
A consistently solid Highland whisky that is approachable and at a reasonable price point. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.
For who: Newbies and those looking to begin to appreciate whisky. Also a very good bottle to bring as a gift or for a party.
Aberfeldy has a richly textured, honeyed nose with sweet creamy intensity, full of flavours of dried fruits, floral heather notes, creamy vanilla and hints of toasted coconut in a full-bodied palate, with a spicy, woody finish.
For who: Any whisky drinker who isn’t a big fan of peat. Also a great option for first timers.