The Top 2017 Scotch Whiskies Under $100

Need a gift for the Scotch whisky fan in your life? These whiskies, all released in 2017, were our favorites of the year. And best of all, they’re all under $100!
Dec 12, 2017
  • 10
    10 Highland Park Valkyrie
    87
    Salty & Spicy
    Available beginning in May 2017, Valkyrie is a more peated expression than is typical from Highland Park using a greater portion of Orkney peated malt. The bottle was created by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild. Valkyrie is the first in a trio of Viking legend expressions. Valknut is expected in 2018 with Valfather to arrive in 2019. This single malt whisky is bottled at 49.5% ABV.
  • 9
    9 Jura 10 Year
    87
    Fruity & Sweet
    This Scottish island whisky is a 10 year single malt bottling which uses a combination of peated and unpeated barley in the makeup of the whisky. Jura 10 Year is matured in used American bourbon barrels and is finished in oloroso sherry butts. Bottled at 40% ABV.
  • 8
    8 Ardbeg An Oa
    88
    Rich & Full Bodied
    An Oa (pronounced an oh) is a peated Islay single malt comprised of whiskies that were aged in several types of casks of including Pedro Ximenez, virgin oak, and ex-bourbon. These whiskies were then married together in a large French oak vat in Ardbeg's Gathering Room. The whisky is named for the Mull of Oa located on the Oa peninsula. This is the most southwesterly point of Islay. This Ardbeg release marks the first permanent addition to their portfolio in close to ten years. Bottled at 46.6% ABV, this is non chill-filtered. Released September 2017.
  • 7
    7 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.
  • 6
    6 Glenmorangie Bacalta
    90
    Fruity & Rich
    Scottish Gaelic for "baked," Glenmorangie Bacalta debuted in early 2017 as part of the brand's Private Edition releases. For this 8th release in the series, Master Distiller Bill Lumsden wanted to improve upon a previous Glenmorangie expression, the Madeira Wood Finish, that has been discontinued since 2004. He found a winery willing to create a Malmsey Madeira wine that would never be bottled and only be used to season hogsheads made from toasted American oak. After two years exposed to the elements, "baking" under the sun, the hogsheads were emptied then filled with single malt that had been maturing in ex-bourbon barrels for 10 years. After another two years of finishing in the Madeira hogsheads, this non-chillfiltered Highland malt was finally ready for bottling at 46% ABV.
  • 5
    5 Port Charlotte 10 Year Second Edition
    90
    Herbal & Smoky
    This is an 18,000-bottle release for the second edition of Port Charlotte 10 Year Old. Port Charlotte is Bruichladdich's Heavily Peated line and this whisky clocks in at 40 PPM. The whisky was matured in first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks.
  • 4
    4 Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2017 Release)
    91
    Briny & Salty
    This bottling marks the 6th edition of the Loch Gorm whiskies, a single malt which ages exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts. The Islay whisky was filled in 2009 and after maturation was bottled at 46% ABV. It is non chill-filtered and has no color added.
  • 3
    3 The Balvenie Peat Week 14 Year (2002 Edition)
    91
    Rich
    In 2002, The Balvenie began to set aside one week each year to distill heavily-peated whisky. This peated single malt release is a limited, vintage bottling, but it is expected to become an annual release. Matured entirely in American oak. Expected September 2017 release date.
  • 2
    2 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.
  • 1
    1 Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask Edition
    94
    Spicy & Peaty
    Released in honor of the 2017 Fèis Ìle celebration and for "Friends of Laphroaig", this year's bottling was initially matured for over five years in first-fill bourbon (Maker's Mark). The whisky was then transferred to American oak quarter-casks (125 liters) for a further six months. The single malt is non chill-filtered and bottled at cask-strength of 57.2% ABV.