A good scotch is a thing of beauty, and the type of blend or single malt you prefer is an entirely personal decision. Everyone tastes Scotch differently, it’s a fact.
For those who don’t know, scotch is a whisky from Scotland and is considered the “water of life.” The first mention of scotch was as far back as the 15th century, and today it is still a pillar of Scottish culture. By law, Scotch can only be made in Scotland and must be produced in a particular fashion. There are four regions which make scotch; Islay, The Highlands, The Lowlands and Speyside. Each area yields a different flavour of scotch.
One of the most expensive bottles in the world is the Balvenie 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Speyside region–it’s priced at a maximum of $50 000USD.
Not many folks can afford that. One of the premier Scotch collectors – a Brazilian man named Claive Vadiz – who managed to amass the world’s biggest whisky collection, prefers Johnny Walker Red Label scotch out of all the drams he’s tried. There’s hope yet.
On that note, loaded has compiled a list featuring five of the best scotches under £40:
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Avg price: £32.50 – 40.00
Peaty, smoky and warming. This 15-year-old Islay, single malt scotch is for those who like a fireplace in their mouths.
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
Avg price: £32.50
Another Islay offering, this smoky scotch goes down smooth with a kick.
Glengoyne 10 Year Old Single Malt
Avg price: £32.45
Medium bodied Highland scotch.
Antiquary 12 Year Old Blended
Avg price: £31.95
Mellow and well balanced scotch blend.
Tamdhu 10 Year Old
Avg price: £30.45
A sherry cask matured, sweet and rich taste.
Check out the awesome Whisky Exchange in London for a range of selections.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.