Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Original Scotch Whisky
The O.G. of Scotland’s Highland Region, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old is a classic choice that’ll get some solid nods of approval among any scotch-drinking contingent. It’s sweet, medium-bodied, and just slightly spicy without any overwhelming smoke. If you’re serving an anti-peat crowd, go for Glenmorangie.
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Monkey Shoulder is a delicious and cheeky blend of three Scotch whiskeys from Speyside (though the master distillers won’t disclose the full secret recipe). Because the blended whiskeys are matured in bourbon barrels which adds a touch of sweetness, Monkey Shoulder has a smooth caramel-like quality that makes it the perfect for newbies.
Aberfeldy 12 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Fruity and clean with sweet notes of honey, Aberfeldy 12 is an approachable yet totally unique single malt Scotch perfect for newcomers to the category. This Scotch has an initial syrupy sweetness similar to a liqueur upon first taste, but the finish is dry, crisp, and just slightly spicy. Perfect for an after-dinner dram.
Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
One of the most popular single malts and a staple in many collectors’ liquor cabinets, The Glenlivet hails from Speyside and is soft, sweet, and delicate — rich with notes of vanilla, lemon, toffee, and honeysuckle.
We think The Glenlivet tastes best on the rocks with a lemon twist, but it’s certainly smooth enough to sip neat, too.
The Glenrothes 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
If you’ve never tried scotch from the country’s northeastern Speyside region, let try one of its finest single malts: The Glenrothes 12. Aged in sherry-seasoned oak casks, this single malt is incredibly well-rounded with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and melon.