Delicious Lesser Known Whiskies From Scotland

So much amazing whisky comes out of Scotland that it's easy to miss some truly fantastic stuff. These whiskies received great reviews but might have flown under your radar!
Oct 19, 2016
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    10 Linkwood 12 Year Flora & Fauna
    89
    Fruity & Sweet
    You don't see many distillery bottlings of this single malt from the Speyside as much of what is distilled here are used for Johnnie Walker and White Horse blends. The distillery has been producing whisky since 1825 in Elgin. The Flora and Fauna Series is a collection of malt whisky distilleries that Diageo chose to highlight with distillery bottlings that typically are mostly utilized for blended whiskies.
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    9 Glen Scotia 12 Year
    89
    Rich & Sweet
    Built in 1832, Glen Scotia is one of the few remaining distilleries in the Campbeltown region of Scotland. Its tiny operation is run by only 3 employees, and they tend to stick to the basics. This malt is their signature release.
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    8 Glencadam The Re-Awakening 13 Year
    90
    Briny
    This was released in July 2017 from the Angus Dundee Distillers group as a limited edition bottling from the Glencadam Distillery. This Highland distillery was mothballed (fell dormant) in 2000 and re-opened three years later. This bottling is a result of the distillery's "reawakening". As is standard with their releases, this single malt is not chill-filtered and has no added coloring. 6000 bottles were produced and are individually numbered.
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    7 GlenDronach Tawny Port Finish 15 Year
    90
    Rich & Sweet
    This Glendronach was initially matured in European Oak barrels before being transferred to Tawny Port casks to finish its maturation. The BenRiach-owned distillery chose not to chill-filter this particular single malt.
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    6 Port Charlotte PC12 Oileanach Furachail
    90
    Peaty & Fruity
    Oileanach Furachail is the 8th release in Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte PC series, an annual release of cask strength bottlings that began with the five-year-old PC5 Evolution. Each expression in the series is given a name in the old language, and "oileanach furachail" is in reference to a teacher grooming his apprentice to take on the craft - in this case, Master Distiller Jim McEwen and Adam Hannett, who worked together from 2006 until McEwan's retirement in 2015. This heavily-peated Islay single malt is only available through select Global Travel Retail outlets. It's bottled at a hefty 58.7% ABV.
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    5 anCnoc 16 Year
    90
    Fruity & Vanilla
    Pronounced [a-nock], AnCnoc 16 is a Highland malt aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels. It is un chill filtered and bottled at 46% abv. It is distilled at the Knockdhu Distillery, but sold under the AnCnoc name to avoid confusion with neighboring Knockando Distillery.
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    4 Stronachie 12 Year
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Stronachie was a distillery located in the Highlands from 1890- c.1930. During this time, the company that is now A.D. Rattray represented the brand. They have recently sourced a bottle of Stronachie dated 1904 and after tasting many malt whisky samples, decided that this whisky distilled at the Benrinnes distillery replicates the original the best. This is a vatting of several different casks, some older than 12 years to replicate the 1904 bottle.
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    3 Speyburn 15 Year
    92
    Rich & Vanilla
    Speyburn 15 Year was introduced to the US beginning November 2017. The single malt ages for 15 years in American and Spanish oak. It is non chill-filtered and there is no coloring added. This bottling also marks a new package and label design for the brand.
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    2 Wemyss Malts Kiln Embers
    92
    Peaty & Smoky
    Released in 2015, this blended malt whisky from Wemyss Malts is a follow up to its sister whisky Peat Chimney, but with double the number of Islay single malts whiskies added to the final product. It is non-chill filtered and is bottled at 46% ABV.
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    1 Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year
    93
    Full Bodied & Rich
    Aerstone Land Cask is one of two 10 year old single malt Scotch whiskies launched by William Grant & Sons (the owners of the Glenfiddich and Balvenie Scotch whisky distilleries, amongst others). The Aerstone whiskies aim to 'demystify' whisky for beginners. The Land Cask is described as the 'rich and smoky choice.' The distillery where this is produced is not disclosed. This single malt launched in the UK in mid-September 2018 and launched in the US in September 2019.