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The Scotch tape Choosing a liquor store is a tricky place if you don’t know what you’re looking for. But every year, World Spirits Competition in San Franciscoor SFWSC, helps Scotch whiskey lovers cut their choices with the finalists of the competition for the best Scotch whiskey of the year.
In the weeks from March to April this year, 70 judges tried nearly 5,000 spirits in dozens of categories to narrow down the list of the best of the best. The finalists, which have just been announced, will meet again to determine the winners of Best of Class and Best in Show. This election will be announced in June this year. For the Scotch category these are 15 bottles that will compete for the top prize in their categories.
The best mixed tape – from 16 years and older
Clansman Blended Scotch
Clansman is produced at the Loch Lamond distillery and is a blend of Highland malt and grain whiskey.
Double Double Double 32 Blended Scotch
Announced by Dewar’s master blender Stephanie McLeod, this blended tape undergoes a four-step aging process before finishing in barrels with Sherry Pedro Ximenez.
Price: $ 165 (375 ml)
Single malt tape of the best distilleries – up to 12 years
Lindores MCDXCIV Single Malt Scotch
This lowland tape, derived from the barley of the Kingdom of Fife, spends time in barrels with bourbon, wine and sherry.
Price: $ 46
12-year-old Glengarry single malt tape
Like Clansman, this whiskey is produced at the Loch Lamond distillery, and for 12 years it has spent time in three barrels: bourbon, refueling and charring.
Price: $ 45
Port Charlotte 10-year-old single malt tape
This heavily peat tape comes from Isla (as might be expected) and is produced at the Bruichladdich distillery.
Price: $ 75
Single malt scotch tape of the best distilleries – from 13 to 19 years
Highland Park 18-year-old single malt tape
This 18-year-old single malt has won many awards over the years, and for good reason. We like the expression of a 12-year-old, but his older brother raises the stakes, bringing smoke, sweetness and minds.
Price: $ 180
Lagavulin 16-year-old single malt tape
If you only know Lagovulin 16 s Parks and recreation areas‘s Ron Swanson, then you know nothing about Lagavulin 16. This is a classic Islay whiskey, which should be a staple in every bar’s basket.
Price: $ 80
Loch Lomand 14-year-old single malt tape
Loch Lomand’s 14-year-old Scotch is an uncooled whiskey aged in American barrels. What does it taste like? Well, the bottle literally screams “Fruit” and “Cinnamon” on the label, so here it is.
Price: $ 59
Single malt tape of the best distilleries – 20 years and older
Ardbeg 25-year-old single malt tape
You probably know Ardbeg 10, but if you have the chance, try Ardbeg 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch, a beautifully balanced scotch that justifies its price with its taste.
Price: $ 1,112
Benriach The Twenty Five Single Malt Scotch
The Twenty Five is a blend of peat and non-peat whiskey aged in sherry barrels, bourbon barrels, oak barrels and wine barrels from the island of Madeira.
Price: $ 335
Benromah aged 40 years, single malt tape
The 40-year-old Scotch tape from Benromach, bottled in a barrel, has been aged for four decades in barrels of sherry Oloroso first filling.
Price: ~ $ 1910
Best Independent Single Malt Merchant
Smokehead Single Malt Scotch
If you couldn’t tell by the name, the Smokehead single malt is a peat bomb for those who want to breathe fire after their drama (not really).
Price: $ 50
GreatDrams Islay Single Cask Single Malt Whiskey
While the distillery from which GreatDrams derives is unknown, it can be said to be a drum scotch from Isla. Whiskey aged for seven years aged in barrels with bourbon first dressing and filled with peat.
Price: ~ $ 94
The best blended Scotch malt
Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt Whiskey
Johnnie Walker is a resilient brand in the Scottish game, and his Green Label is the only expression completely mixed with one malt. Aged for 15 years, the malt comes from four corners of Scotland: Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Islay.
Price: $ 70
Blackhound Blended Malt Scotch
Blackhound mixed malt tape includes single malt that comes from mountainous areas.
Price: ~ $ 35
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