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Top 5 Scotch Whiskies under €100
This entry was posted on April 21, 2017.
We have already done 5 Irish whiskeys under €100, now it’s time to have a look at the best Scotch whiskies under €100.
In all honesty, as an Irishman, I have to compliment and admire the Scottish for their whisky production. It does come down to a matter of taste and preference, in deciding who’s better; but they do have a phenomenal range of high quality whiskies. Scotch also has a fantastic complexity to it, with great bold flavours.
They also have a number of variations, including single malt, single grain, blended Scotch etc.
- Single Malt Scotch is an aged whisky, made by one distillery. It is made using malted barley and water.
- Single Grain begins with malted barley and water, then later, whole grains or cereals are added.
- Then blended Scotch is made from one or more single malt scotch whiskies, which is then blended together with a single grain Scotch.
Like Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky has certain criteria’s that need to be met to consider it a Scotch whisky. Including geographical location, ingredients and alcohol volume (ABV). They also have a number of very famous and prominent regions within the country that produce world famous and premium quality whisky.
The Highlands are well known for their whisky production. They have some luxurious brands, including Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Aberfeldy. The lowlands tend to produce lighter whisky, such as Glenkinchie. Then Speyside is probably the producer of the best quality whisky, they produce Macallan, Cardhu, Glenfiddich and Glenfarclas.
So let’s get to it. The top 5 Scotch whiskies in no particular order.
Chivas Regal is steeped in History, it is the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands region. This blended Scotch is aged for 12 years; the end result being a very drinkable tasty blend. At just €42.49, you really can't go wrong.
Haig Dimple is a whisky that dates all the way back to 1824. It was at one stage, one of the most popular whiskies in the world. With an age statement of 15 years, this Scotch is warm and smokey with a light sweetness. They used old bourbon oak casks during production, which is quite obvious on the finish, with a nice oaky after tone. Great value at €56.00.
Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. At €53.00, I would consider this a bargain.
A truly beautiful 10 year old single malt. Really well balanced between sweetness and complexity. Nicely matured with a mellow creamy element. Lovely and fruity on the palate, right through to the finish. Only €51.00.
A really tremendous whisky from Ardbeg. It's a complex single malt, with a nice peat smokiness. Very well balanced with a nice sweetness. For such a prestigious award winning whisky, it's a steal at €65.80.