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10 Scotch Whiskies You Ought To Taste Now And Get Tippy

Here are 10 Scotch Whiskies That Won Gold Medals At International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) And Are Worth Trying

Today, the Whisky enthusiasts might have an inclination towards single malts rather than blended Scotch, but if it wasn’t for blended Scotch, we wouldn’t be drinking Scotch at all today.

For more than 100 years, the only Scotch that people knew was blended Scotch as Single Malts didn’t even exist in the market. Blended Scotch is simply a blend of grain whisky and malt whisky sourced from several different distilleries whereas a single-malt scotch whisky is nothing more or less than the product of a single distillery.

Not the product of a single batch or a single barrel, but a single distillery.

But our motive here is not to favor either single malt or blended scotch whisky enthusiasts but to simply present a list of Scotch whiskies for you to savor and get tipsy.

International Wine & Spirit Competition, a highly recognized annual wine competition that comprises of blind tasting and technically analyzing the spirits, hosted the 9th annual Spirits Results & Tasting at the historic Vintners’ Hall in London on July 27.

Out of all the categories, we present the list of only Scotch Whiskies (blended Scotch, Single Malt Scotch, Blended Malt Scotch) that won a gold medal and are worth trying a dram.

1. Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal Extra Scotch

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As the master blender Colin Scott puts it, Chivas Regal Extra is a blend of exceptionally rare whiskies aged in sherry oak Casks from the Oloroso in Spain , where Oloroso sherry is rich, dark and sweet.

The rare single malts when put into these casks react to the oak and sherry to give a character to the whisky that is sweet as well as spicy. The taste incorporates rich fruitiness of white pears and syrup balanced with tropical fruitiness of melons combined with spiciness of ginger, cardamom, vanilla and caramel.

2. Grant’s Select Reserve

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William Grant’s master blender Brian Kinsman created the Grant’s Selected Reserve blended scotch which the global brand manager Rob Allanson says is subtle at first and reveals its sweet smokey character.

He further adds, “Layers of fresh fruits – apples and pears and a little peach all swathed in vanilla and cream and then comes the smoke, a gentle and lingering smoke reminiscent of beach barbecue fires, sophisticated and refined, a gem of the whisky that stands out in the range.”

3.  Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

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A blend of four single malts: Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol lla, Johnnie Walker has made a global return after discontinuing in markets world over except Taiwan.

Master Blender Jim Beveridge says that Johnnie Walker Green Label has a wide flavor spectrum from malts that are matured for 15 years in American and European oak casks and the oak and malts combine to create a blend which has the signature smokiness.

4. Glenfiddich Malt Master

Glenfiddich Malt Master Scotch

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Malt Master Brian Kinsman has created the first double-matured expression for Glenfiddich by making the spirit age for many years in oak casks and then finishing the expression in sherry casks in order to have a depth of aromas and flavors.

Earthy and soaked wood aromas intertwine with deep vanilla to give a rich flavor that is spicy rounded with plum and cherry. Ten follows a hint of toasted almonds and fruitcake.

5. Ballantine’s 21 Year Old

Ballantine's 21 Year Old Scotch

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Ballantine’s 21 Year Old is a blended Scotch where higher proportion of whiskies are matured in European casks to give a rich, balanced and luxurious character.

The blended Scotch has a mix of apple and floral aromas that gives smooth, rich spicy taste with traces of heather and smoke. The Sparkling red/gold colored whisky has a long and mellow finish with hints of dried fruits.

6. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Scotch

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As the name suggests, the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a tribute to the distillery’s founder George Smith. The single malt whisky is crafted by master distiller Alan Winchester who married together spirits of the aged oak casks and American first fill oak casks to provide  a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles harmoniously with the delicate flavors and complex fruity tones.

On the nose there are delicate aromas of citrus fruit, while the palate is sweet, with notes of oranges and pears, and hints of toffee apples and candy.

7. Monkey Shoulder

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Monkey Shoulder is a Blended Malt Scotch Whisky by combining single malts from three of Speyside’s finest distilleries. The chosen malts mature in first fill ex-bourbon casks which impart a smooth and mellow vanilla flavor into the whisky that rests in the casks.

The Blended Malt Scotch has aromas of zesty orange, mellow vanilla, honey and spiced oak and spicy malty taste with a finish that is super smooth.

8. Old Pulteney 21 Year Old

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For this expression, Old Pulteney matured in ex-bourbon casks is married with spirit from ex-Oloroso sherry casks to create a whisky that has golden amber appearance with straw highlights.

The single malt tastes creamy and is rounded with vanilla, baked red apple flavors with a hint of smokiness and a dry finish. The full bodied whisky has aromas of fruits like apples and pears infused with slightly fragrant and spicy notes.

9. Laphroaig Triple Wood

Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch

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This expression comes from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland and enjoys a triple maturation starting from ex-Bourbon American oak casks, then 19th century style Quarter Casks for second maturation and finally European Sherry casks for the third maturation.

As the Distillery Manager John Campbell states, there is an initial burst of peat on the palate which is not that strong on the nose and is has a lot of spiciness due to three maturation process in the oak. It feels a bit salty at the edges and has a creamy finish with complex flavors of citrus fruits like orange setting in.

10. Glenmorangie 25 Year Old

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The Glenmorangie 25 year old is matured in a range of casks including American white oak, Oloroso Sherry casks and French Burgundy casks before being blended together and develops into a complex expression that has deep flavors.

The expression has aromas of dried fruits, blackberries, cherries, plums dates interwoven with chocolate and coffee. The whisky has long and gentle finish with flavors of blackberries and jelly.

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