The wondrous world of scotch whisky has exploded in recent years, with exclusive bottlings from every distillery worth its weight in barrels.
Sadly for us Americans, many of the best marques are only available overseas or at duty-free shops. Here’s a quick list of some of the best drams you can buy – just remember, you’ll likely have to book a trip abroad to get your mitts on one of these bottles
Glenfarclas 15 Years
A nearly 200-year-old distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, Glenfarclas puts out a wide range of Scotches aged between 10 and 40 years.
The 15-year is bottled is said to be the perfect for single malt enthusiasts by those at the distillery.
The distillery mentions sherried notes throughout the drink, with a long-lasting finish.
Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel
Blanton’s an amazing brand of bourbon made in the U.S., but there’s a version that isn’t available in the U.S.
Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel is a cask strength whiskey that is non-chilled filtered.
It’s available in Europe and Japan, and some duty free shops elsewhere, but the fruity and chocolatey finish could be worth the flight.
Glengoyne Teapot Dram
A distillery-only bottle offered at the Highland distillery, workers at Glengoyne used to receive three drams a day from a copper tea pot – a solution to more than the angel’s share gone missing.
Now, the same Scotch is bottled and sold and offers up a sweet mix of brown sugar, fruits and spices.
The distillery mentions flavors such as pineapple, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and black pepper.
It’s a young whisky, but probably one worth the trip.
The smallest distillery in Scotland was long a provider of the drinks for the House of Lords, but it’s small and elite status doesn’t stop it from making a lot of products.
While some of the Edradour whiskies are available in the U.S., the distillery produces an array of Classic, Cask Strength, Wine Finished, Wine Matured and Heavily Peated whiskies.
The small distillery is quite the tour and worth the stop … and tastes.
Nikka Whisky Tsuru
This Japanese is 17-year old whisky is blended by a team at Nikka Whisky and keeps a “delicate balance … imbued with mellowness, sweet balmy freshness and smooth drinkability.”
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Originally published July 7, 2016. Updated November 12, 2016 by Geoff Nudelman and May 22, 2017 by Pat Evans.