If having that kind of money to spend over good whisky is a problem, it is a problem every whisky lover wished they had. The best part about having to pick a terrific single malt Scotch under 10,000 INR is that it is nearly impossible to go wrong in this territory. Yet there are some single malts that deserve the price they command, and some, not so much.
A number of standard and special edition bottlings from critically venerated distilleries such as The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Bowmore, and Talisker among others make it to our list. Our recommendations for this list fall in the age-statement bracket of 18 years old, which whisky veterans and experts consider to be truly sublime. 18 years of contact with the wood does a whole lot of good to the spirit, infusing its character and influence into it.
If you thought things could not possibly get any better than a 15 Year Old single malt Scotch, here are five reasons to prove you wrong, which you probably aren’t going to be too displeased with. Our top five selections for the best single malt Scotch expressions under 10,000 INR are all must-haves!
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
This single malt has a lot going on in its favour, and draws from Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s breadth of experience working with rare casks. The Glenlivet 18 has been matured for at least 18 years in three different casks, first-fill and second-fill American Oak, and ex-Sherry Oak for an unmatched richness of flavours and aromas.
The result was a multiple Gold medal winning single malt Scotch that has an incredible texture, and the right balance between sweet and spicy. The Glenlivet is known to create what is essentially the ‘quintessential Speyside single malt Scotch’, and the 18 Year Old further reinforces that legend. If there is one single malt Scotch you must taste in your lifetime, let it be The Glenlivet 18 Year Old. The price range for The Glenlivet 18 Year Old is between 8000-8500 INR.
Aberlour 18 Year Old
Aberlour is a classic Speyside single malt, already basking in the glory of their triumphant small-batch, cask strength release, the A’bunadh, which has earned them lot of praise. The 18 Year Old Aberlour is another step in the right direction from the distillery.
Making impeccable use of the double-cask maturation technique, Aberlour have managed to create an extraordinary single malt Scotch. Within just 12 years after it was first released, the Aberlour 18 Year Old has carved a phenomenal space for itself among the flashier, more widely marketed introductions in the segment. The Sherry finish really administers a tempting sweet and spicy character to the Aberlour 18 Year Old. Depending on your location, the cost for the Aberlour 18 Year Old might vary by a few hundred rupees.
Bowmore 18 Year Old
A very highly regarded release from Bowmore that went on to win quite a few Gold medals as one of the best Islay single malts. The 18 Year Old Bowmore has all the signature goodness that one expects from the distillery, one of the oldest on the island, and in Scotland. Yet it has so much more to offer, as the lengthy maturation makes it absolutely irresistible.
The maritime characteristics and Islay peat make room for an intense fruity and spicy character, combining to create a wonderfully balanced drink. The unmissable wafts of soft sea salt and smoke, delivering a sweet, chocolaty flavour is both unexpected and delicious. The Bowmore 18 Year Old falls under the range of 8500-9000 INR.
Talisker 18 Year Old
For Scotch lovers that are familiar with, and enjoy a wee Talisker from time to time, the 18 Year Old shall be no stranger. They might even admit having spent an astonishing amount of time recommending it to their friends and acquaintances. Why? The Talisker Distillery is located on the Isle Of Skye, and are renowned to be incredibly old-school in their distillation methods.
Talisker Single Malts have a unique flavour-profile, and the 18 Year Old is perhaps the representative of the best a Talisker single malt can be. Nice and spicy with the right amount of smoke and fruit playing pivotal roles; oak and caramel play supporting roles to create what is essentially one of the Taliskers ever produced.
One of Islay’s everlasting gems, Ardbeg single malts may not be the commercial success most Scotch brands aspire to be, but is a critical trailblazer that purists simply adore. The Corryvreckan is one of their most highly rated releases, and is simply too well-crafted to ignore. For a single malt with no-age-statement to command this high a price, it has to be exactly as good as the Ardbeg Corryvreckan is.
This single malt Scotch is definitely not for everyone though, and requires only the person that has found their feet in the whisky world to truly appreciate its excellence. This whisky is medicinal, peaty and complex with as many butch flavour components you can put together. Salty sea air, smoke, medicine, coffee, dark chocolate and spices to name a few earn the Ardbeg Corryvreckan a spot in our list of the best single malt Scotch whiskies available under 10,000 INR.
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old, Aberlour 18 Year Old, Bowmore 18 Year Old, Talisker 18 Year Old and the Ardbeg Corryvreckan round off our list of the five best single malt Scotch whisky brands under 10,000 INR that are must-haves for all seasoned whisky lovers.