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Best scotch whisky brands

23 Best Scotch Whisky Brands

The best Scotch whisky brands offer everything from smoky blends to sherry bombs. Whether it’s your first time discovering this wonderful spirit or you’re just on the lookout for your next dram, we’re putting together a fresh list that promises a genuine treat because there’s no shortage of quality statements here. And for all the seasoned sippers out there – we’re talking with some of the best whisky enthusiasts in the country here – and surely you can always use a refresher.

We know what you’re thinking, and truth be told, there can be no definitive list of the “best” Scotch whiskies or top Scotch whisky brands. That’s because a number of the smaller producers keep some of the best Scotch in the world right there at the distillery, making it quite hard to come by. Once you bring in limited-edition one-offs, experimental finishing programs, and other unique variabilities, searching for the best becomes darn near impossible… but that’s never going to stop us from trying.

Take the following list of best Scotch whisky brands as a starting point and not a final destination. For the most part, we’re sticking with globally recognised names that you either know and love or should know and love, such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, The Macallan, and Glenfiddich, but we’re also throwing a few curveballs your way courtesy of an award-winning Top 25 Bartender in Australia and whisky expert, Emma Cookson, alongside The Whisky List’s very own Oliver Maruda. Let’s get into it!

Related: Prefer something of the Irish variety? Check out our list of the best Irish Whiskies.

Pat whisky collection 1

These are just a couple of bottles from Pat’s Whisky Collection that fetched $6.4 Million at Auction in 2022.

What is Scotch Whisky?

First and foremost: there’s no such thing as Scotch “whiskey,” so stop Googling it. The term is “Scotch whisky” and that’s never going to change. To reiterate, stop mixing it up. We’re looking at you, Americans.

And what is Scotch whisky, exactly? Well, we could wax poetic about the “water of life” and so on, but instead, we’ll stick to the basics. According to the official Scotch Whisky Regulations (SWR) – which were most recently updated in 2009 – genuine Scotch whisky must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley.
  • Should any additional grains (of other cereals) be added to the mash, they must be whole grains.
  • The distillery must perform the following actions to all of the grains:
    • Process them into a mash
    • Convert them to a fermentable substrate exclusively by endogenous enzyme systems
    • Ferment them by adding yeast only
  • The spirit must be initially distilled at an ABV of no more than 94.8% (190 proof).
  • The spirit must be wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland inside oak casks for a minimum of three years.
  • No substances other than water and plain caramel colouring can be added to the spirit.
  • The resulting statement must have an ABV of no less than 40% (80 proof).

The short answer is: Scotch whisky is a whisky that’s made in Scotland using water and malted barley (and other whole grains on occasion) and is aged for a minimum of 3 years inside oak casks with an ABV of more than 40%.

Why Does the Regulatory Body Exist?

We asked the whisky experts for the answer.

“In Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) oversees distilleries to make sure good business practices are being followed, it’s a big reason why Scotch is such a highly respected product all over the world. Other countries have their own regulators for whisky, and Canada was actually one of the first, setting guidelines on age statements and casking to the point that at one point in time it became the number one spirit consumed in America because the quality was guaranteed,” said Oliver Maruda, a whisky expert and co-founder of The Whisky List.

“Unfortunately not every country has these guidelines, and in some parts of the world, you can find the word ‘whisky’ stamped on everything from rum to aged rice wine. Having these purity laws in Scotland gives consumers the assurance that they are buying a bottle of whisky that is made with heritage, practice, and skill.”

While the SWR’s requirements may seem over the top, they still leave plenty of room for experimentation. For instance, Scotch whisky can be either chill-filtered or non-chill-filtered. Also, the type of cask in which the whisky is aged can vary, though the spirit is most often aged inside ex-bourbon barrels. After that, Scotch whisky can undergo additional maturation (aka finishing) inside sherry casks, port casks, rum barrels, or whatever the distiller or producer has in mind. So what about the different types? Let’s check them out.

Types of whisky

Types of Scotch Whisky

We’ve previously covered Scotland’s whisky regions, so if you want to know more about them, check out our article. And while you’re digging, why not check out our in-depth article about single malt Scotch whisky and how it gets made. Last but not least, our extensive guide to peaty whisky is sure to have the smoky dram fans excited. Yes, it isn’t an official “type” per se, but nevertheless exists in a category all its own. Putting all that aside, Scotch whisky breaks down according to the following types:

Types of Scotch Whisky
Single Malt To qualify as single malt, the Scotch must be made from a mash of 100% malted barley and distilled at a single distillery by way of a pot still distillation process.
Single Grain Despite the name, single grain Scotch can incorporate other whole cereal grains (malted or unmalted) into the mash. The whisky must be distilled at a single distillery and it can be distilled continuously in continuous stills or column stills.
Blended Malt A blend of single malt Scotch whiskies from at least two different distilleries.
Blended Grain A blend of single grain Scotch whiskies from at least two different distilleries.
Blended Scotch A blend of single malt and single grain Scotch whiskies.

Is There a Misconception of Blended Scotch Whisky?

Out of all the Scotch whisky sold in the world, it’s estimated 90% of it is a blend.

When a blended whisky carries an age statement (i.e. 12 years, etc), that statement pertains to the youngest whisky in the blend. For example, Johnnie Walker Black Label 12-Year-Old consists of whisky that’s been aged for 12 years or more. The biggest misconception about blended Scotch is that because of this, the quality is lacking. We asked the whisky experts, “is there a misconception about the quality of blended Scotch Whisky?” and here’s what they had to say.

“There’s absolutely a misconception about blended whisky! For the longest time blends were the king of whisky, only in the last 50 years or so did single malts become popular. That isn’t to say that every blended whisky on the market is good – there are certainly some underwhelming drams out there – but they’ve definitely received an undeserved bad rap over the last few decades,” said Oliver Maruda, a whisky expert and co-founder of The Whisky List.

The best scotch whisky brands

Looking to pick up a bottle of Scotch? You’ll want some whisky stones to go along with it, check out our guide.

The Best Scotch Whisky Brands

We said it before and we’ll say it again: when it comes to the best Scotch in the world, there can really be no definitive list of the best Scotch whisky brands. That’s not just because there are small-batch distilleries that don’t share enough of their best output, but also because the industry itself is in a constant state of flux. You just never know when a new owner or master distiller will enter the fold, changing things up in the process.

Nevertheless, our list of the best Scotch whisky brands looks to incorporate both (in no particular order). Here you’ll find whiskies big and small that consistently deliver a superb dram. Are they the absolute best of the best? We asked one of the best bartenders in Australia, Emma Cookson, to add some of her favourites, but you’ll just have to taste them to find out.

The macallan

Image: The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Cask

1. The Macallan

Favourited by corporate types, The Macallan draws upon nearly two centuries worth of craftsmanship and expertise. The resulting drams are about as close to smooth and balanced perfection as top-shelf Scotch whisky can get, though don’t take that to mean you won’t find plenty of flavours. To explore this brand in full is to jump down a proverbial rabbit hole of limited-edition one-offs and special releases, so we’ll save you some trouble: If you’re rich, start out with the 18 Year Sherry Oak Cask and work your way up from there. If you’re not rich, save up for a bottle of the 12 Year and enjoy.

In 2022, The Macallan unveiled the ‘world’s oldest whisky’ worth $174,000. Check it out here.

Region: Speyside
Founded in: 1824
Best-known expression: 12 Year

Buy it here (The Macallan) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Glen moray 18 year old

Image: Glen Moray 18 Year Old, a Favourite of Emma Cookson’s for its fruity and floral notes.

2. Glen Moray

For a taste of classic Speyside Scotch, look no further than Glen Moray. Located in one of Scotland’s oldest towns, the distillery has been crafting quality single malts on the banks of the River Lossie for over 120 years. Passion is fundamental to the operation and the resulting whisky imparts an impeccable sense of balance and consistency.

“Glen Moray 18 Year Old is a dram often overlooked because of its great price point, people often assume that it’s not good! But it’s actually one of the best single malts to get your hands on at an affordable price – thanks to some nifty purchasing discounts by the major chains. Fruity, floral, perfect for sipping neat or mixing in a cocktail, it’s a good age-statement whisky to have in the collection,” said whisky specialist Emma Cookson.

Region: Speyside
Founded in: 1897
Best-known expression: Elgin Classic

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Johnny walker blue

Image: Johnny Walker Blue Label

3. Johnnie Walker

What began as John Walker’s bootleg whisky operation eventually became this global behemoth. It was actually Walker’s sons who took the iconic brand into the stratosphere by way of premium blends, intelligent Scotch bottle designs, cunning business practices, and clever marketing. Speaking of clever marketing, who can argue with the idea to break each unique blend down according to colour? At the top of the line is Johnnie Walker Blue, which might very well be the smoothest whisky we’ve ever tasted. That said, we’re more partial to the Black Label and Green Label and their respective complexities.

Have you seen Johnnie Walker’s $350-Million Tourist Attraction? Check it out.

Founded in: 1820 (though the brand didn’t create its first commercial blend until 1865).
Best-known expression: Red, Black and Blue Label

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Booze Bud)

Bunnahabhain 12 year old

Image: Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old, a Favourite of Emma Cookson’s for its complex sweet and salty notes.

4. Bunnahabhain

While we’re still roaming around Islay, let’s stop at yet another one of the island’s relatively few active distilleries. In the game since 1881, Bunnahabhain releases a modest selection of core statements and the occasional one-off. This is good Scotch and often great Scotch. Pick up one of the brand’s more expensive releases and you might even think it’s the best Scotch. We’ll wait here for you to find out and tell us.

“If you’re a sweet tooth like me, then this has to go on your list. Don’t let the long Gaelic name fool you, this whisky (pronounced boon-a-hav-en) is an iconic Islay single malt that is actually unpeated (not smoky!) and because of its coastal location, the sweetness of the sherry cask is offset by a lovely salty note-making complex but also quaffable. There’s a reason this whisky is a cult favourite,” said whisky specialist Emma Cookson.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1881
Best-known expression: 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Glenfiddich

Image: Glenfiddich Origin 12 Year Old

5. Glenfiddich

If you don’t want to spend hours at the nearest liquor store, grab a bottle of Glenfiddich and be done with it. Like some other names on the list, this is one of the best Scotch whisky brands because it’s one of the most consistent, reliable, and (relatively) affordable. The recently introduced 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve is a genuine winner, bringing deep notes of caramel, oak, and spice.

Glenfiddich’s Luxury 23-Year-Old ‘Grand Cru’ Single Malt is one of our favourite drams of the decade.

Region: Speyside
Founded in: 1886
Best-known expression: 12 Year

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Tobermory distillery ledaig sinclair series

Image: Tobermory Distillery Ledaig Sinclair Series, a Favourite of Emma Cookson’s for its peaty and approachable creaminess.

6. Tobermory Distillery

While Tobermory Distillery might not be the most famous name on the tip of everyone’s tongue, we’re here to explore the best Scotch whiskies so take this as a hint. Top 25 Australia Bartender of the Year, Emma Cookson, says this peated option is one of her favourites.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I would say Ledaig for all five if I could! This is one of my must-have whiskies, it’s from a small distillery on the Isle of Mull that most people have never even heard of. Ledaig (pronounced le-chay-g) is the name for their peated (smoky) expression and it has this approachable creaminess to it so that, paired with the Rioja red wine cask finish, it is the perfect flavour profile for any season. It also doesn’t knock your socks off with the smokiness either, a great introduction into the style of peated whisky,” said whisky specialist Emma Cookson.

Owner: Burn Stewart (Distell)
Founded: 1798
Headquarters location: Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
No. of stills: 4 Wash stills; 4 Spirit stills

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (The Whisky List) Buy it here (Tobermory)

Laphroaig

Image: Laphroaig 10 Year Old

7. Laphroaig

Founded just one year before Lagavulin was this similarly smoky and no less extraordinary neighbour. Far more versatile by comparison, Laphroaig consistently surprises with new releases and annual collaborations. Its benchmark expression is the mighty 10 Year, which pretty much defines the brand. Think heavy peat, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and blasts of iodine and you’ll get the idea. To take those flavours up a few notches, snag a bottle of the 10 Year Cask Strength; it’s a personal favourite.

Peaty whisky is a drinker’s dilemma we’ve tried to solve on numerous occasions, we explain it here.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1815
Best-known expression: 10 Year

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The balvenie

Image: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12

8. The Balvenie

Ask a passionate drinker to name his favourite whisky and he might very well say The Balvenie 21-Year-Old Port Wood Finish without a moment’s hesitation. A deft balancing act if there ever was one, the tippy-top-shelf Scotch serves up creamy and classic notes of fruit and grain, with just a hint of smoke. Of course, it’s but one amongst a number of sippable stunners from this coveted brand, which does literally everything on-site and isn’t afraid to experiment with wood.

We partnered with The Balvenie and five of Australia’s best creators to craft exclusive expressions, check it out.

Region: Speyside
Founded in: 1892
Best-known expression: DoubleWood 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Lagavulin

“Lagavulin 16 Year Old is the stuff of legend and one of the world’s best whiskies, presuming you have a penchant for peat.”

9. Lagavulin

The one, the only: Lagavulin. Popularised by actor Nick Offerman (who was recently honoured with his own release), this Islay-based distillery has mastered the art of single malt Scotch. Its 16 Year statement is quite simply the stuff of legend and one of the world’s best whiskies, presuming you have a penchant for peat. Like refined molasses melting over a bonfire, it delivers palpable layers of sweet and pungent smoke. More than a quality brand, Lagavulin will awaken dormant taste buds.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1816
Best-known expression: 16 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Talisker

Image: Talisker 10-Year-Old

10. Talisker

Affordable single malt whisky doesn’t get more classic than the Talisker 10 Year, which unravels one layer at a time before trailing out on a peaty finish. It won a Double Gold Medal and “Best Single Malt Scotch up to 12 years” in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Move up from there and you arrive at the acclaimed 18 Year, which was named the “Best Single Malt In The World” at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards. No matter which expression you try, you’ll probably smack your lips and say, “Damn, that’s good Scotch!”

Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak is drawn from just 10 casks and bottled in a limited quantity of just 1830.

Region: Island
Founded in: 1830
Best-known expression: 10 Year Old

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Ardberg

Image: Ardbeg 10-Year-Old, you can’t go wrong with this peaty number.

11. Ardbeg

Call us biased, but we just can’t get enough of that peaty Islay malt. Should you agree, then surely you’ll want to check out Ardbeg and its wondrous array of expressions. The brand has been plying its craft for over 200 years, with some downright timeless flavours to show for it. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of the popular 10 Year, which is kind of like sucking on a chimney…in a good way, of course. Meanwhile, no two sips of Ardbeg Uigeadail are exactly the same.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1815
Best-known expression: 10 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Glenmorangie

“Glenmorangie’s Original 10 Year has been the most popular single malt in all of Scotland for decades.”

12. Glenmorangie

For over three decades, Glenmorangie’s Original 10 Year has been the most popular single malt in all of Scotland (where they know a thing or two about whisky). Combine that with the brand’s endless slate of awards and you have a spirit that basically sells itself. The Original also serves as the base whisky for a variety of finishing programs, yielding rich expressions like Quinta Ruban and Lasanta.

Region: Highland
Founded in: 1843
Best-known expression: The Original 10 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Bowmore

“Bowmore 12-Year-Old is a palatable mix of salt, vanilla, chocolate, and soft smoke.”

13. Bowmore

We’re going back to Islay, to Islay, to Islay…we’re going back to Islay because that’s where you’ll find Bowmore, i.e. another one of the best Scotch whisky brands. The flagship 12 Year is certainly nothing to scoff at, nor is its palatable mix of salt, vanilla, chocolate, and soft smoke. On the far opposite side of the spectrum is the ultra-rare Bowmore 31-Year-Old, which must be tasted to believed. And by that, we mean we don’t believe we’ll ever get to taste it!

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1779
Best-known expression: 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

The glendronach 12 year old

Image: The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

14. The GlenDronach

One look at the rich red colour of The Glendronach Original 12 Year and you’ve already got sherry on the mind. Unsurprisingly, the whisky is matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez ex-sherry casks, paving the way for luscious colour and taste alike. When only the biggest flavour explosion will suffice, accept nothing less than The GlenDronach Parliament 21-Year-Old. That said, the privilege will cost you.

Region: Highland
Founded in: 1826
Best-known expression: The Original 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

The glenlivet 12 year old

Image: The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

15. The Glenlivet

Since first launching in 1824, The Glenlivet has ceased operations just once over the course of its lifespan and that was for a little event called WWII. Bigger now than ever before, it’s the second-best-selling single malt Scotch whisky brand in the world (first place goes to Glenfiddich). Its core range is anchored by some straightforward sippers, namely the 12 Year and the Founder’s Reserve. We’re personally more partial to the 18 Year or the Nadurra 16 Year, the latter of which is bottled at cask strength.

Region: Speyside
Founded in: 1824
Best-known expression: 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Chivas regal 25 year old

Image: Chivas Regal 25-Year-Old

16. Chivas Regal

Given the domination of single malts on our list of the best Scotch whisky brands, let’s make way for this renowned blender. A number of Chivas Regal’s top-shelf entries have taken home major awards, including Gold and Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. While we’d never refuse a glass of the 12 Year, it’s the 25 Year or the Regal XV we’re really after.

Founded in: 1801
Best-known expression: 12-year-old, 15 years old, 18-year-old, 25-year-old

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (The Whisky List)

Ben nevis 10 year old

Image: Ben Nevis 10-Year-Old

17. Ben Nevis

If you’ve never heard of Ben Nevis, you’re not alone. Here’s what whisky expert Emma Cookson has to say about its allure;

“A tricky one to find nowadays since it has been discontinued thanks to stock shortages, hopefully, one day it will return. Ben Nevis is a great distillery known for a toffee apple and salted popcorn flavour profile and this whisky is no exception. Beloved by whisky drinkers all over the world, I’ll be sad to see my remaining bottle become empty.”

Address: Lochy Bridge, Fort William PH33 6TJ, United Kingdom
Owner: Nikka Whisky Distilling
Founded: 1825
Age(s): 10-year-old
Water source: Allt a’Mhuilinn

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Oban

Image: Oban 14-Year-Old

18. Oban

Located in the Scottish west coast port of Oban is this distillery of the same name, which takes direct inspiration from the local maritime climate. The 21 Year Cask Strength is worthy of your bucket list, but in the meantime, you’ll have to settle for the brand’s popular 14 Year or Little Bay expressions. Both are dried with peat and the 14 Year delivers plenty of smoke, in particular.

Region: Highland
Founded in: 1794
Best-known expression: 14 Year

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Bruichladdich

Image: Bruichladdich ‘The Classic Laddie’.

19. Bruichladdich

Under the supervision of legendary Master Distiller Jim McEwan, this Islay-based brand underwent a complete overhaul back in 2001. Total transparency and a number of fantastic releases (of both the peated and non-peated variety) would soon follow. That includes the iconic Black Art series, which is supremely high in quality and price alike. For those who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on alcohol, the Port Charlotte or Classic Laddie make for solid jumping-off points.

Want to know more about Bruichladdich? Check out our in-depth brand history lesson here.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1881
Best-known expression: The Classic Laddie

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Caol ila

Image: Caol Ila 12 Year Old

20. Caol Ila

Why did we put Caol Ila on the list? Because we’re all about that smoke, ’bout that smoke. We know it’s an acquired taste, but we still think less of you if you don’t like it. Just kidding—we have nothing against all you peat-haters out there. Everyone else, start picking up what this long-running Scotch whisky brand is throwing down. You’ll be glad you did.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 1846
Best-known expression: 12 Year Old

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Booze Bud)

Highland park

Image: Highland Park 12-Year-Old

21. Highland Park

The northernmost single malt Scotch whisky distillery is also one of the best. It goes by the name of Highland Park and it hails from the archipelago of Orkney, where the winds are fierce and the weather is temperate. Making brilliant use of its surroundings, the distillery smokes hand-malted barley over local peat, resulting in a distinctive flavour profile. In 1997, it introduced an 18 Year expression and the world of whisky has never been quite the same. To put it another way: this stuff is gooooood. Unfortunately, it’s also really expensive, which is why you should stick with the superb 12 Year until that big bonus check comes in.

In 2022, Highland Park added a 15-Year-Old expression to its permanent lineup. Check it out here.

Region: Island
Founded in: 1798
Best-known expression: 12 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Springbank 10 year old

“Springbank is Scotland’s oldest independent distillery.”

22. Springbank

Family owned and operated, Springbank is Scotland’s oldest independent distillery and one of the last brands standing in the once-thriving region of Campbeltown. The standard 10 Year single malt is distilled 2.5 times and mildly peated, leading to a wonderfully diverse profile. A hard-working brand if there ever was one, it performs 100% of the production (malting, ageing, bottling, etc) on-site.

Region: Campbeltown
Founded in: 1828
Best-known expression: 10 Year

Buy it here (The Whisky Exchange)

Kilchoman

“Kilchoman is the first new distillery to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years”

23. Kilchoman

The first new distillery to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years, Kilchoman has come a long way in precious little time. As the owner of nearby Rockside Farm, the brand oversees every single aspect of production, going from barley to bottle. The 100% Islay series, in particular, represents grain-to-glass in the truest sense of the concept. We expect more great things from this veritable newcomer.

Every year, whisky connoisseurs look forward to the release of Kilchoman’s famous sherry-cask matured Loch Gorm.

Region: Islay
Founded in: 2005
Best-known expression: Machir Bay

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General FAQ

Which is the best Scotch Whisky?

There are far too many variables to denote an all-time best Scotch whisky. That said, statements such as Lagavulin 16 Year Old, The Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year, The Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood, and Highland Park 18 Year Old are cherished by seasoned drinkers worldwide. That's not to mention highly sought-after releases such as the Bowmore 50 Year or The Macallan M, which occupy a category all their own.

Is Scotch a whiskey?

Scotch is whisky (No 'e') and the differences between whisky and whiskey boil down to region while remaining somewhat interchangeable. Hence, Scotch is whiskey from a technical perspective.

What does Scotch Whisky mean?

Scotch whisky must be produced at a distillery in Scotland and crafted in accordance with specific regulations. All Scotch whisky must be aged for a minimum of 3 years.

What brands are Scotch?

Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, and Dewar's are just a few brands that make and distribute blended Scotch whisky. Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, and The Macallan are a few brands that make and distribute single malt Scotch whisky.

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STAFF WRITER

Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Jacob holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and has previously written for Stacker alongside co-authoring a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.