Feb. 8 is International Scotch Day. That means now is the perfect time to get to know Scotland’s native whisky. Previously, we discussed peated Scotch and the beautiful, sheep-filled island of Islay. But, there’s a lot more to Scotch than smoky whiskies from Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bruichladdich, and others from the tiny island off the coast of Scotland.
For the uninitiated, Scotch might seem like a difficult spirit to get into. That’s because of the stigma of gentlemen in tweed slowly swirling snifters as they discuss politics in high-backed chairs in front of crackling fires. In 2019, Scotch whisky is more relatable than ever before. That’s because, even though you still find over-the-top bottles of ancient whisky for thousands of dollars, you can also find high-quality, affordable bottles at your neighborhood liquor store. Check out some of our favorites below.
Christopher Osburn is a freelance writer located in Rochester, NY. He writes primarily about food and drink and has had his work appear on Uproxx, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Paste, Maxim, Men's Journal and a handful of others.