Our Favorite Cask Strength Scotch Single Malt Under $100

These single malts provide a little more bang for your buck. These are our favorite cask strength bottlings under $100!
Jul 11, 2017
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    9 Benromach Cask Strength 2003
    85
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Benromach prides itself for producing "traditional" Speyside Scotch with a touch of peat. Historically, pre-1960s, the region was known for smokier styles but since then, unpeated whiskies have mostly prevailed. The spring water used in the whiskey comes from the Romach Hills. This is a cask strength single malt release distilled in 2003, that only spends time in one type of barrel as opposed to the brand's signature sherry finishes.
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    8 Arran Cask Strength 12 Year Batch 3
    87
    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Arran Distillery opened in 1995 in the village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, located off the southwest coast of the mainland, just below Campbeltown. Recognized in 2007 as “Scottish Distiller of the Year”, Arran is known for their quality single malt whiskies. Their Cask Strength is comprised of 12 year old whiskies from five 1st-fill sherry butts, thirteen 2nd-fill sherry hogsheads, and thirty-one ex-bourbon barrels that were married and bottled at a cask strength of 107.8 proof.
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    7 The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Cask Strength
    88
    Sweet & Fruity
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection is named after the Gaelic word for "natural." This non-chill-filtered single malt is bottled at cask strength from first fill American white oak casks. It is non chill-filtered and bottled at 63.15% ABV.
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    6 Aberlour A'bunadh
    88
    Fruity & Rich
    A'Bunadh [a-BOON-arh] is a single malt whisky that is aged solely in Spanish oak oloroso sherry butts. A'Bunadh means "Original" in Gaelic and this was designed as a replica to a whisky produced at this distillery in the late 1800s. As this is produced in batches and bottled at cask strength, the alcohol percentage will vary.
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    5 Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch no. 002
    89
    Rich & Fruity
    Glengoyne is proud to say that they have the slowest distillation process because they feel that time is the key to producing great whiskies. This distillery is also known for regularly producing quality whiskies with a clear sherry cask influence profile. Typically, their core range is made of aged stated whiskies, from 10 to 25 years, but this Cask Strength is their second batch of a non-aged statement released without addition of water. At 58.9%, we can expect quite a sense of spirit.
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    4 Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength
    89
    Fruity & Rich
    In 1968, Glenfarclas was the first to release a cask strength single malt whisky. This bottling was re-named to 105, the British alcohol proof equivalent for 60% alcohol by volume. We all refer to this now as "120 proof" ,which is simply double the abv, as opposed to "105 degrees proof" or 7/4th times the alcohol by volume. It's also much simpler than lighting gunpowder in the whisky to establish proof.
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    3 Tamdhu Batch Strength Batch 002
    93
    Rich & Full Bodied
    This Speyside single malt Scotch whisky is the second batch strength release from Tamdhu. It carries no age statement and was matured exclusively in sherry oak casks, most of which were first-filled. Non-chill filtered without any additives, it is bottled at 58.5% ABV.
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    2 Ardbeg Uigeadail
    93
    Fruity & Rich
    First launched in 2003, Ardbeg Uigeadail [Oog-a-dal] is a marriage of some young and some very old oloroso sherry aged single malt along with Ardbeg aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The name Uigeadail means "a dark, mysterious place." Fun to say and even more fun to drink. It is also the name of the loch from which Ardbeg gets its water. Bottled at cask strength with no age statement.
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    1 Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength
    94
    Peaty & Briny
    The Cask Strength bottling will vary per batch, but will be somewhere in the 114-117 proof range. Aged in used barrels for 10 years, the whisky is barrier filtered, meaning just large chunks of char are removed leaving the whisky to shine on its own. As it is minimally filtered, adding water or changes in temperature will create a haze in the whisky.