5 Scotches for Summer Sipping
We explore a range of 5 reasonably priced and accessible summer scotches!
Bruichladdich Organic 2010
Made exclusively with organic barley grown on Mid Coul Farms in Inverness, Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 is a fruity, sweet Islay whisky with an elegant island character. Aromas of melon, peach and apricot mingle with honey, lemon meringue pie, gorse, heather and tart gooseberries on the nose, atop a backdrop of rich malted barley. The palate initially offers notes of pear drops, vanilla fudge, chocolate and marzipan, before developing toasted rye bread, buttery popcorn, smooth caramel and toasted oak flavours.
TheWhiskeyRecord notes that this remains one of the more accessible entry points to Islay whisky
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Rich and sherried 15yo malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. Aged for a little bit longer and bottled a little stronger for a more concentrated, richer flavour. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best-value malts on the market – a must for lovers of sherried whisky.
TheWhiskeyRecord wholeheartedly recommends a deep dive into the Glenfarclas output, you will not be disappointed!
Stronachie 10 Year Old
Stronachie was the name of a Highland distillery active between the 1890s and 1928. The Scottish agents for the whisky, A.D. Rattray, have launched a range using whisky from Benrinnes distillery. This is the 10 year old - sweet and spicy.
TheWhiskeyRecord accepts this has very little brand recognition but trust us, a hidden gem!
Auchentoshan 18 Year Old
After maturation in 100% American oak casks, this Auchentoshan 18 years is a significant step up in quality and complexity from the Classic and 12 yrs expressions.
TheWhiskeyRecord recalls a first sample of this on a sweltering Mumbai rooftop bar.
Jura Two-One-Two 2006
Distilled in 2006, this 13-year-old Isle of Jura single malt has been matured in a combination of American white oak, ex-bourbon and Chinkapin oak casks. This limited-release whisky is named after the 212 inhabitants of the Isle of Jura.
TheWhiskeyRecord maintains Jura’s output has significantly improved under the ownership of Emperador Distillers Inc since their takeover in 2014.