With Brexit looming large over the European Union, threatening the import and export of many, many commodities, we were worried about the fate of our favorite Scotch. Panicked, really. There’s plenty of reason: While previously the USA’s trade agreement covering Scotch imports was with the European Union, the United Kingdom’s breakup with the continental confederation had created a significant amount of uncertainty in the market. Before you book tickets to Glasgow, we’d like to note that earlier this year the United States and UK inked a deal to continue our hooch trade uninterrupted.
We’ll drink to that. But, given the many uncertainties surrounding Brexit today, we’re still planning to stock up on our favorite bottle. Here are six decadent bottles, one from each of the Scottish whisky-producing regions that we’ll be buying in bulk — just in case.
Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or (Highland)
Highland maker Glenmorangie makes some of our favorite innovative single malts. To create their Nectar d’Or, the whisky is finished in Sauternes wine barrels. The result is a sweet dram, boasting flavors of lemon pie and honey playing off a touch of ginger, perfect as a finale to a decadent meal.
Auchentoshan Three Wood (Lowland)
While most whiskey produced in the Lowlands is made for blending, there are a few stellar single malts emanating from the region. One of those is Auchentoshan Three Wood is triple distilled and aged in three types of barrels, bourbon, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry, giving it a wealth of flavors. It has a rich mouthful, with notes of sherried fruit, nuts and cocoa.
Ardbeg Uigeadail (Islay)
Easily one of our favorite Islay singe malts, Ardbeg Uigeadail is a smokey treat. Sweet and spicy, notes of honey, cookies and pepper punch through the peaty smoke. A supple dose of chocolate joins the smoke for a finish that can linger into the wee small hours.
Glenfarclas 25 (Speyside)
At under $200 a 25-year-old bottle this Glenfarclas is a value proposition. Family-owned since 1865, Glenfarclas ages the whisky in Oloroso sherry casks chosen from a single Spanish bodega. It is a delicious, a classic sherried whisky, with flavors of fruit cake, spice, and a hint touch of cocoa.
Talisker 18 (Islands)
While the islands is not an officially recognized whisky-producing region, several labels make impressive single malts there. Talisker is certainly the most famous, and their 18-year-old is a standout. Sweet and definitely smokey, beautiful notes of toffee, salt and orange create a well balanced and nuanced dram.
Springbank 15 (Campbeltown)
The Campbeltown region, once Scotland’s largest, nearly disappeared, but is newly resurgent. The Campbeltown stalwart, family-owned Springbank makes more than a few excellent single malts you should try. The 15 year is solidly on that list. It’s pleasantly sweet, with notes of cookies, fruit, and vanilla, with a hint of smoke.