For millions of men all over the planet, Scotch – a sprit drink produced in Scotland – is a raison d’être. Yes, they drink bourbon, wine, beer, etc., with friends, family members and others on various occasions but they admire Scotch a lot more than other beverages. A whiskey is labeled as Scotch if and only if it has been produced in Scotland. That’s because Scotland did a good job of protecting the brand. Here is the list of top 10 brands of Scotch.
Drawing its name from the famous practice of soldiers to enter battles to the sound of pipers and their bagpipes, the 100 Pipers is a blended Scotch whisky which was first produced by Chivas Brother. It was later acquired by Seagrams around the year 1949. The 100 Pipers is famous for its sweetened and smooth taste. This scotch whiskey gets this special taste from the blend of 25 to 30 whiskies.
Named after its founder John McDonald, who was called ‘Long John’ because of his height, the Long John is a Scottish Scotch brand, admired for its unique taste. Each bottle of Long John Scotch Whisky is aged in oak casks for at least 3 years. A bottle contains a minimum of 40 percent alcohol. The Long John is a great mixture of water and malted barley.
Grant’s is a blended Scotch whisky brand by William Grant & Sons in Scotland. The wonderful sweetness and smoking taste of the Grant’s is because the Scotch is amicably made using grain whisky from Girvan distillery. The grain whisky from Girvan forms the base of the Grant’s which is further blended with a wide variety of single malts and other grain whiskies.
Courtesy its distilling history of over 200 grand years, Highland Park is perhaps one of the most appreciated single malt brands in the world. Highland Park is also one of the few distilleries in the world, which malts its own barley. The taste and quality of the Highland Park Scotch is such vivid and exclusive that it is also referred to as one of the greatest single malts in the world.
Created by John Dewar Sr. in 1846, Dewar’s is a famous brand of blended Scotch whisky owned by Bacardi. The Dewar’s brand owes its international success to John’s sons, John Alexander and Tommy Dewar. Dewar’s is probably the fifth largest blended whisky’s and is known around the globe for its quality blend of whiskies and innovative advertising and promotions.
The Glenlivet, a Scottish brand of the Glenlivet distillery, is by far the biggest selling malt whisky in United States and probably the second most selling brand in the world. The Glenlivet single malt portfolio comprises of range of 12-year-old to special 25-year-old. The Glenlivet’s taste has stood the test of time and has thus been one of the most favored Scotch brand worldwide.
Vat 69 is a famous brand of Scotch blended whisky produced by William Sanderson & Son Limited is Scotland. William Sanderson of the William Sanderson & Son Limited prepared 100 casks of blended whisky and had experts come over to taste it, the 69th cask was judged the best in taste. This is how the brand got its name. The amazing taste and flavor of Vat 69 is a result of a blend of blend around 40 malt and grain whiskies.
The world’s second highest selling Scotch, Ballentine’s is a brand of blended Scotch whisky by Pernod Ricard in Scotland. The heritage of this amazing Scotch dates back to 1827 but its taste is what has kept the legacy going. The flavor of the Ballentine’s is such because of a blend of about 50 single malts and four single grains. Ballantine’s has a range of six scotches from 12-year-olds to 30-year-olds.
Chivas Regal is a brand of blended Scotch whisky produced by Chevas Brothers (established in 1801) owned by Pernod Ricard in Scotland. Chivas Regal is distilled in the Strathisla distillery in Speyside, Scotland, and is one of the best selling Scotch brands in the world. The ultra smooth taste and blend of the Chivas Regal makes the Scotch perfect for sharing.
Johnnie Walker is, unarguably, the finest and most distribute blended Scotch whisky brand in the world. Owned by Diageo, Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, Scotland, was home for the Jonnie Walker brand until March 2012. The Johnnie Walker introduced in the early 1800s, is sold in almost every county. The perfect taste, smoothness and blend of the Johnnie Walker spirits, make the brand the best in the world.