The 10 Best Scotch Whiskies Under $40

Despite the popularity of bourbon, we’re focusing on scotch whiskies, so we created a list of the 10 best you can buy for $40 or less.

The main difference between scotch and whisky is demographic, but also ingredients and spellings. Scotch is whisky made in Scotland, while bourbon is whiskey made in the United States, mostly in Kentucky. Scotch is made from malted barley, while bourbon is distilled from corn. Now, on to the mouth-watering list!

10. Speyburn Arranta – $40
This single malt scotch was a new release in 2015 and is exclusively on sale for the United States. Speyburn uses first-fill ex-bourbon casks to age Arranta, which is named after the Scottish Gaelic word for bold or daring. This scotch offers aromas of apples, butterscotch, and honey, and when tasting it starts with an oaky, vanilla flavor and finishes with apples, honey, and chocolate.

9. Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old – $40
Another single malt, this is typically referred to as “The Original.” This scotch has more depth than expected for this age and price. The Original evokes floral, fruity notes of citrus zest, honey, peaches, and vanilla.

8. Auchentoshan American Oak – $39.99
One of Auchentoshan’s latest additions, this single malt is uniquely produced, using a triple distillation process. This scotch is aged in new ex-bourbon casks, producing flavors of cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla.

7. Bowmore Small Batch – $39.99
This single malt is aged in both first-fill and second-fill ex-bourbon casks, creating more of a peaty profile than many other Bowmore releases. The result is a fruity profile with flavors of pear, vanilla, butterscotch, and oak.

6. Glenfiddich 12 Year Old – $39.99
This aged single malt is an amazing deal for the prices. Aged in ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks, it has a smooth finish with floral, sweet, and fruity profiles.

5. Johnnie Walker Black Label – $39.99
This blended scotch has up to three dozen whiskies in it. Peaty, but not overpowering, Black Label has citrus, spicy, and sweet notes.

4. The Black Grouse – $29.99
This blend is sweet and malty with an all around smoky profile. It is smooth both by itself and mixed.

3. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition – $29.99
This blend has an extra kick to it, coming in at 100 proof. Peaty and creamy,
Prohibition Edition offers a nose of citrus, baking spices, and fruit notes.

2. Dewar’s Scratched Cask – 25.99
The Scratched Cask is unique in that this blend is aged in barrels that have been charred, then scratched. This is said to impart deeper flavors in less time than traditional barrel aging, and creates a fruity yet chocolatey blend.

1. Chivas Regal 12 Year Old – $24.99
Being both smooth and versatile, this blend tastes of apples and honey, and has a nose of herbal aromatics along with peaty smoke. There is a touch of sweet, vanilla flavor as well.

Be sure to stop by Arch City Tavern for a scotch the next time you’re in the area!


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