Scottish Leader Scotch
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Scottish Leader Scotch


Scottish Leader is a brand of blended Scotch whisky established in 1976, and contains a blend of both malt and grain whiskies. The Tobermory Distillery from the Highlands regions is one of the key source whisky contributors for the Scottish Leader brand of whiskies.

Scottish Leader Original is a no-age-statement expression from the brand, and is priced on the more reasonably priced segment of blended Scotch whiskies, yet delivers a great quality.


The Scottish Leader brand itself was introduced in 197 yet has somehow managed to be one of the few undiscovered Scotch whisky brands around the world. Per the company, their whiskies are sold in over 30 countries globally.

Source whiskies for the Scottish Leader blend arrive chiefly from Tobermory Distillery which was earlier known as the Ledaig Distillery. It was established in 1798 and has undergone a few name changes and renovations over the years.

Tobermory Distillery also supplies their whiskies to Black Bottle apart from Scottish Leader.

Making Process

Like all blended Scotch whiskies, Scottish Leader Original contains malt and grain whiskies blended together. Recently, the company claims they have begun to increase the malt content in the Scottish Leader Original expression.

The original blend has been said to be created by Master Blender Ian MacMillan but the product has slightly evolved over the years. Source -

Scottish Leader claims to be a blend of more than ‘30 of the finest malt and grain whiskies’ on their company website, with their team of 15 blenders headed by Dr. Kirstie McCallum, who has an experience of over 20 years in the industry.

Alcohol Percentage

Scottish Leader Original carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.


Scottish Leader has won its fair share of awards at international competitions such as;

Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blended – No Age Statement category in 2018.

Silver Outstanding at the International Spirits Challenge in the Scotch Whisky – Blended category in 2013.

Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Blended category in 2013.

Master at The Spirits Business – The Scotch Whisky Masters in 2015.

Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2013.

Source for some information.


Scottish Leader Scotch Tasting Notes


Smoky, with a hint of fruity aromas and some amount of malt, sherry and oak.


Long finish with a touch of peat.


Rich, with flavors of toffee and nuts, with traces of spicy smoothness.


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