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Great Budget Scotch
Usually, when we hear scotch whisky we tend to imagine someone drinking an expensive single malt, typically while wearing a nice suit. When it comes to nice blends everyone immediately thinks of Johnnie Walker, but even these bottles can hurt your wallet after a while. Of course nobody wants to sacrifice quality for a cheaper price, not all cheaper whiskies hurt to drink. One of the best bottles of scotch whisky for under $15 is The Glengarry Highland Blended Scotch Whisky.
Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended scotch refers to a blend of single malt and grain whiskies—that can come from multiple distilleries—creating a unique flavor to that whisky. Blended scotch has gotten a bad reputation for being the inferior version of scotch whisky with many preferring single malt scotch. To be honest though, there are plenty of bad single malts out there and some phenomenal blends. This one is certainly one of the better ones for the money. How can that not be great?!
Smell & Taste
This particular whisky has an aroma of raisins with hints of smoke and peat, and with a little bit of water some of the peat is subsided leaving the raisin notes which makes this a versatile whisky depending on your taste. It also makes this a great whisky to get introduced to the unique flavor that is peat.
A Pair of Glencairn Whiskey Glasses
Best to Pair With
This whisky pairs best with chicken wings coated with more tangy and sweet flavors. The flavors you get from having it neat or with a few drops of water both work really well and complement the chicken and a simple plate of fries. A simple whisky with a simple meal, but sometimes simple is the best way to go. This whisky also works surprisingly well with anything off the grill that has barbecue sauce on it. The smoke and char combined with the sweetness of the barbecue sauce is complemented by this whisky very well.
To be honest, this is a great whiskey to keep at home whether or not you’re on a strict budget. It is a good scotch whisky to sip on and it does have some interesting flavors that do appear with the addition of water. It’s also great to have for when you have company that would rather have cocktails and do shots than enjoy it neat. It’s roughly $13 at Trader Joe’s so you won’t feel too bad if this is how it ends up getting consumed. All in all, it’s a solid scotch for the price and one that every whisky lover should have at home.