Scotch Whisky for Cocktails

You may think that Scotch whiskies aren’t used in cocktails, but you’d be wrong. Rob Roys, Rusty Nails, and Bobby Burns are just a few classic cocktails to try. Here are our suggestions:
Jan 23, 2018
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    10 Timorous Beastie Blended Malt
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    Vanilla & Fruity
    The Timorous Beastie comes from the independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co., founded in 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland by Frederick Douglas Laing. The company has remained in the hands of the family, with the sons Fred and Stewart managing (however Stewart has since moved to found his own business in 2013), and has brought such joys as the Big Peat and Provenance. The Timorous Beastie is non-chill filtered and is a blended malt comprised of whiskies from distilleries from the Highlands including Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch. The name is a tribute to Robert Burns' famous poem ‘To a Mouse’.
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    9 Sheep Dip
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    Sweet & Rich
    Sheep Dip gets its name from a time amateur whisky distillers in Scotland's farm lands used to hide their hooch from tax collectors, and the joke is the barrels were labeled "Sheep Dip" to throw them off. Considering the name, this blend was actually crafter by revered Master Blender Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay for the Spencerfield Whisky Company. 16 different Highland whiskies, aged between 8 - 21 years, were given a year to get to know each other in first-fill casks in order for them to mellow before bottling.
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    8 Dimple Pinch 15 Year
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    Vanilla & Sweet
    Originally known as Haig & Haig, and alternately now as Dimple or Pinch, depending on your country, this blend is named for the unique shape of the bottle. It was also the preferred whisky of Felix Leiter, James Bond's best friend in the Ian Fleming books.
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    7 Dewar's White Label
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Dewar's was started by John Dewar Sr, a wine & spirits merchant, but the company really got going by his sons, John Alexander and Tommy. Dewar's White Label is comprised of over 40 different malt and grain whiskies and was created by their first Master Blender, A. J. Cameron in 1899.
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    6 Scallywag Blended Malt
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    Full Bodied & Fruity
    Casks from Speyside's well known distilleries such as Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes are married together to produce this small batch whisky from Douglas Laing & Co. Matured in sherry butts and bourbon hogsheads, Scallywag whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. The name and bottle packaging was inspired by and features Master Blender Fred Laing's beloved Fox Terrier.
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    5 Famous Grouse
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The Famous Grouse got its start just as most blended Scotch whiskies got started--by wine & spirits merchants. They would create their own blend to sell to their customers and the most popular ones have withstood the test of time. Famous Grouse was created by Matthew Gloag in 1896 and the bottle still bears his signature. The Edrington Group owns this brand now, along with Highland Park and The Macallan.
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    4 The Feathery Blended Malt Scotch
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    The Feathery, from the bottlers of Pig's Nose and Sheep Dip blends, is named for the 17th century precursor to the golf ball, which was crafted from feathers, tar and bird skin to make it more effective. However, it was also more expensive to make, and two "spotters" were required when a game of golf was played to ensure the balls weren't lost. This malt is blended from 3 malts - Tamdu, Glengoyne and Glendronach - all aged exclusively in ex-sherry casks for 8-10 years.
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    3 Monkey Shoulder
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The name Monkey Shoulder originates from an injury that the maltmen (those that hand turn the grain in a malthouse) would get as it would leave one arm hanging. This blended malt whisky is comprised of three single malt distilleries: Kininvie, Glenfiddich, and The Balvenie. The trio gets acquainted in a tun for three to six months before being bottled on site.
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    2 Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend
    89
    Fruity & Spicy
    The Great King Street is a line of blended whiskies from Compass Box. The Artist's Blend is the first in the series and is comprised of over 50% malt whisky from both the Highlands and Speyside. First fill ex-bourbon, first fill European oak Sherry butts, and new heavily toasted French oak are all employed in the aging of this blend.
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    1 Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
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    Fruity & Rich
    The Green Label from Johnnie Walker is a blended malt, not a blended whisky; all whisky in the bottle is from single malt distilleries. In the blended malt are Talisker from Skye, Caol Ila from Islay, and Cragganmore & Linkwood both Speyside whiskies. This 15 year whisky (yes, it has an age statement) was sadly discontinued in 2012. Though in 2015, a limited number of bottles were re-released for purchase, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. (Update: As of April 2016, Johnnie Walker Green Label has been globally reintroduced due to popular demand.)