World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Whiskies You Must Try

Forget the hype, find the best! Uncork some of the world’s best single malt scotch whiskies, with us. Let's go, cheers!

Published On Jun 04, 2024 | Updated On Jun 04, 2024


Ever feel like the world of single malt scotch is shrouded in mystery? Like there a secret handshake or decoder ring needed to navigate the endless bottles? Well, fret no more! We're here to yank open the doors of this magnificent spirit and show you the crown jewels (or should we say, single malts?).

We're talking about the smooth, the smoky, the oh-so-complex world of single malt scotch. Forget everything you think you know about firewater – these whiskies are flavour explosions waiting to happen. From Speyside's honeyed tones to Islay's bold peat punch, we've got your taste buds covered.

So, grab your trusty glass (or maybe a comfy armchair, these whiskies deserve some savouring), and get ready to dive into a journey that'll have you saying cheers, in no time.

Loch Lomond/ Instagram 

Hailing from the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland, Loch Lomond single malt scotch whisky boasts a rich history dating back to 1814. Their unique approach involves a combination of traditional pot stills and innovative straight-necked ones, creating a complex flavour profile. This expression, brought together by Michael Henry, is matured in three types of American oak casks – bourbon, refill, and re-charred.

Loch Lomond develops notes of fresh orchard fruits like green apple and pear, along with zesty citrus and a comforting hint of cereal grains. The taste is a delightful mix of creamy vanilla and sweet biscuit, all culminating in a smooth finish with a touch of gentle smoke. This unconventional approach to single malt makes Loch Lomond a must-try for any whisky enthusiast seeking a unique and flavorful experience.

This unconventional approach has garnered Loch Lomond much acclaim, most recently at the prestigious International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2024, they emerged as the most decorated distillery.

Famous Loch Lomond Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesABV % (Per 700 ml)Price (INR) Price (GBP)
14 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky40%6,50060
12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky46% 5,00047 
 30 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky47%65,000600  

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Ian MacLeod Distillers owns two well-respected Speyside distilleries: Glengoyne and Tamdhu. Founded in 1933, Ian MacLeod started as an independent bottler, but their passion for single malt led them to acquire Glengoyne in 2003. Here, tradition reigns supreme. Glengoyne uses unpeated malted barley and tall stills for a lighter, more floral style of single malt. Tamdhu, acquired in 2011, offers a slightly richer Speyside experience, thanks to its use of partially peated malt and shorter stills.

Both distilleries are known for meticulous cask selection, often using refill sherry casks to impart a subtle sweetness and nutty character to their single malts. This dedication to quality has been recognized with awards, including Glengoyne's recent gold outstanding medal for their non-peated whiskies at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2024. 

Famous Ian MacLeod Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesABV % (Per 700 ml)Price (INR) Price (GBP)
Glengoyne 30 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46.8%24,458230
 Tamdhu 15 Year Old 46%11,697110 
Rosebank 32 Year Old - Legacy Release Three47.6%2,23,3202100
 Tomatin/ Instagram

Tomatin, established in 1897, stands tall on the edge of the Speyside region. This Highland giant is known for its signature unpeated, light, and fruity single malts. Tomatin's vast production capacity, with twelve active stills, allows them to experiment with various cask maturations.

Their core range uses a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Spanish sherry casks, resulting in a whisky bursting with aromas of wild heather, pine, and cedar, transitioning to sweeter notes of crème caramel, apples, and pears. The finish is full-bodied and buttery, showcasing the influence of the sherry casks. Tomatin isn't afraid to push boundaries either. Their "Cù Bòcan" brand explores peated malts, a departure from their usual style. 

This innovative spirit has earned them recognition, with their 12-year-old consistently receiving praise, including a gold outstanding medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2024. Tomatin offers a spectrum of single malts, from classic Speyside elegance to unique cask finishes, making them a favourite among those seeking a flavorful and approachable dram.

Famous Tomatin Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesABV % (Per 700 ml)Price (INR) Price (GBP)
Legacy Single Malt Scotch Whisky43%390036.5
18 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky46%13,400126
12 YO Sherry Cask40%5,60052

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Nestled in the heart of Speyside, Scotland, the Aberlour distillery, founded in 1875, crafts single malt whiskies renowned for their rich, smooth character. Aberlour's secret weapon lies in their double cask maturation process. They meticulously age their spirit in a combination of the finest hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts and American oak barrels.

This unique approach marries the rich, nutty notes of the sherry casks with the vanilla and caramel sweetness of the American oak, resulting in a whisky bursting with complexity. Aberlour's dedication to quality has been rewarded with numerous accolades, including a Gold Medal at the 2020 International Spirits Competition for their 12-year-old Double Cask Matured expression.

Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a well-crafted cocktail, Aberlour single malt offers a luxurious and flavorful experience, solidifying its place as a Speyside icon.

Famous Aberlour Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesABV % (Per 700 ml)Price (INR) Price (GBP)
14-Year-Old 70cl Engraved 40%7,00065
12-Year-Old 70cl Engraved40%5,00045
21-Year-Old 2020 Distillery Reserve Collection46%22,000205

The hunt for the world's best single-malt Scotch is a never-ending odyssey. It's a pursuit that takes you on a journey through windswept Scottish highlands, past crackling peat fires, and into the hallowed halls of time-worn distilleries. Each sip unveils a new story, a symphony of flavours orchestrated by the land, the barrel, and the patient hand of the whisky maker.

So, the truth is, there's no single answer. The best single malt Scotch is the one that ignites a spark in your soul, the one that lingers on your palate long after the last drop is gone. It's the dram that transports you to a place of pure enjoyment, a haven where worries melt away and contemplation takes flight. So, raise a glass, not to the ultimate champion, but to the glorious adventure of discovery. Because in the vast and ever-evolving world of single malt Scotch, the greatest treasure is the next thrilling sip waiting to be unearthed.

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