There are few things more pleasurable or rewarding in life, than unwinding with a dram of fine scotch after a long day of work. A smooth, heady whisky that is redolent of Scotland’s lush, peaty bogs, need not break your budget and cost an exorbitant sum. Here are 10 superior quality whiskies you can acquire for less than only Rs. 2000 for a bottle of 750 ml. So what are you waiting for? Bring out the decanter, surround yourself with good company, and treat yourself to a glass. All prices are indicative and may vary from state to state.
Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1842
Blended from over 50 different single malts, this whisky is an exceptionally satisfying one because of its silken smoothness. With hints of spice, chocolate and a combination of fruity and floral notes, this blend holds up immensely well with mixers.
100 Pipers Blended Scotch Whisky Aged 12 Years for Rs. 1962
100 Pipers is the seventh-largest blended Scotch whisky in the world, and ranks second on the list of whiskies chosen by connoisseurs in Asia. Aged in oak barrels for 12 years, it acquires a rich smokiness that makes it a popular favorite. It is hard to go wrong with a bottle of 100 Pipers Blended Scotch. What comes as a surprise, however, is its price. For little over Rs. 1900, it doesn’t pinch the pocket at all.
Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1979
This world famous whisky is a luxurious blend of 25 grain and malt whiskies from across Scotland, including the regions of Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands. It is a robust, full-bodied whisky, with spicy, smoky notes balanced by a sweet caramel, and hints of fresh citrus.
Vat 69 Black Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1921
A smooth blend of forty different malt and grain whiskies, VAT 69 is a fine balance of smokiness and fruity hints of pear, wood and ground almonds. With its well-rounded caramel finish, this makes for a simple and reliable choice when entertaining guests.
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1902
The best-selling Scotch in the world, Johnnie Walker Red Label is a highly versatile whisky with a rich, bold character. A blend of light whiskies as well as spicy, peaty ones, a dram of this contains an explosion of flavors. These include cinnamon, piquant pepper, and hints of sweet fruitiness and vanilla, lending it great depth in flavor and a smooth, lingering finish that is pleasant on the tongue way past a sip.
Teachers 50 Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1759
Teacher’s is bound to be a surefire hit to anyone you serve it to. Everyone’s favorite because of its distinctive combination of flavors that are well-balanced without overpowering the palate, this whisky is an extremely smooth one. You can also opt for Teacher’s Highland Cream Scotch for similar characteristics, at an even lower price.
Canadian Club Imported Blended Canadian Whisky for Rs. 1720
Immortalized by Don Draper in the TV show Mad Men, set in the racy era of the 50s, Canadian Club Whisky is the first on the list that is not a Scotch. Don’t let this deceive you into disappointment, however, as this blend is a must-try. Aged in white oak barrels, this whisky contains slightly sweet notes of maple, Canada’s trademark product, which makes it unique and delightfully so.
Black And White Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1569
This oh-so-smooth blend evokes the sweetness of ripe, juicy fruits, and pairs well with a piece of fine dark chocolate. Best consumed neat, adding a splash of water brings out its flavors just as well. Black and White Blended Scotch is also famous for not causing insufferable hangovers the next day.
Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for Rs. 1363
This is the number one bourbon in the world for several reasons. A taste of true-blue Kentucky, the origin of some of the finest bourbon, this one is the perfect example of America’s signature liquor. Made from a mash of corn, barley and rye, the deep smokiness retained from aging it in charred oak barrels creates a multidimensional drinking experience.
Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky for Rs. 1477
This pale hued whisky is a popular choice because of its pleasant mildness. Gentle on the palate with strong notes of barley, and lighter custard, mixed peels and cut herbs, it has a smooth, well-rounded finish. Moreover, it’s quite a steal at its incredibly low price!