To have a bottle of good whisky lying around is always a great idea, but knowing the good, great and the best is not always easy. Especially when you are spending that kind of money, you would love the critique to be done for you in advance, so that all that’s left to do is revel in the decadent luxury of only the best whisky.
Whiskies don’t get any more luxurious than single malt Scotch, which some believe to be the epitome of skilled craftsmanship, painstaking labour, a reflection of the resources used and the inevitable passage of time. The most desirable whiskies of the world, the ones that only deserve prime real estate in your home bar, also demand top dollar be spent. Now we can all agree, excellence does not come cheap and a true whisky lover knows.
Our list of the best single malt Scotch whiskies contains only the most deserving candidates, worthy of every penny. Reward yourselves with any of our top five choices for the best single malt Scotch whisky under 7500 INR, and prepare to be impressed.
Aberlour 16 Double Cask
The Aberlour Distillery has been notoriously good at churning out some exceptional single malts, and the current crop of double cask matured single malts are proof. Sixteen years of age can hardly disappoint, but there is nothing about the Aberlour single malt that indicates any reason to settle for less.
This is an intricately put together, and dare we say, one of the best single malt Scotch whiskies in the market today. Incredibly rich, courtesy the Sherry finish, and full of well-rounded sweet and spicy flavours. One of our top recommendations for single malt Scotch whiskies to buy under 7500 INR, the Aberlour 16 Year Old is priced between 7000-7500 INR.
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
A classic Speyside single malt that continues to deliver an astounding quality on par with the days when founder George Smith ran an illicit distillery. Innovation at The Glenlivet never takes the backseat even as their faithfulness to the methods and ways of George Smith remains unwavering. The Glenlivet 15 Year Malt Scotch, matured in the extremely rare French Limousin Oak is, for the lack of a better word, breath-taking.
This kind of wood is exclusive to a region of France, and used to mature Cognac. This is an exotic single malt, a serial Gold medal winner and a drink that shall be difficult to put down. Creamy in texture, floral and light in aroma and enriched with nutty, buttery and fruity flavours with a whisper of spice toward the end. A marvellous achievement that is just a steal at the price of 6500 INR.
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old
Once the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland, the Old Pulteney was only accessible through the sea and the people working at the distillery also worked as herring fishermen. The proximity to the marine conditions is what makes this single malt unique, with a personality so different from other Highland whiskies. Speaking of the Old Pulteney’s 12 Year Old single malt, it brings the best of both worlds together.
The Old Pulteney 12 has been matured exclusively in air-dried ex-Bourbon barrels, drawing the butch character from the barrels as well as the distillery’s roots. As the Bowmore combines smoke and fruit to create a unique Islay single malt, the Old Pulteney does a similar job. The 12 Year Old single malt from Old Pulteney flaunts its maritime influence with an unmistakable whiff of salty sea air. Creamy, full of sweet honey, citrus and vanilla with hints of spice follow. An excellent Highland single malt, the Old Pulteney 12 deserves a place in our list of best single malt Scotch whiskies under 7500 INR.
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie
If an unpeated Islay single malt had to exist, we were glad the people at Bruichladdich were one of the few to make one. Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie makes an excellent case for why more Islay distilleries need to experiment with unpeated single malts every once in a while. Bruichladdich are renowned for their use of ‘the same old methods and ways’, and are among the few that still use vats and washes made entirely out of wood.
The Classic Laddie, a no-age-statement, unpeated Islay single malt has all the goodness that fans of unpeated Scotch love so much. It is also a refreshing change of pace for hard-core peat lovers to take a break from their Ardbegs and Laphroaigs. There is an apparent sweetness in the aroma with a soft representation of the salty sea air, with apples, honey and toffee on the palate rounding off a pleasant experience. Difficult to get a hold of, the Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich is one of our top recommendations for the best single malt Scotch whisky under 7500 INR.
Bowmore 15 Year Old
A very complex single malt from Bowmore that draws a lot of its character from the three years it spends in Sherry butts imported exclusively from Jerez. Bowmore have indeed found the elusive balance between two of the biggest, yet conflicting characteristics in the single malt world, peat and sherry!
The Bowmore 15 year old is very nice and smoky with the right amount of pleasant flavours to make it an interesting combination that has the potential to appeal to a wider audience. The dark whisky feels exactly as you would expect it and more. The silky texture brings intense aromas of sweet dried fruits, smoke and dark chocolate are followed by vanilla, fruit and some caramel goodness. Overall, a worthy investment and inclusion to round off our list of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under 7500 INR.
The Aberlour 16 Year Old, The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Limousin Oak, Old Pulteney 12 Year Old, Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie and the Bowmore 15 Year Old are our top five recommendations of the best single malt Scotch whisky brands under 7500 INR.
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