Aberlour A'bunadh, Glenliven Nadurra Oloroso, 96 Chivas Regal 18 Year, 96 Dewar's 18 and Glendronach 15-Year Revival are some top-rated Scotch whiskeys, as of 2015, according to GearPatrol.com and WineMag.com. Balvenie Caribbean Cask and Aberfeldy 12 are two other top-rated Scotch whiskeys.
Aberlour A'bunadh is a blend of Aberlour Scotch matured in Spanish oak Oloroso sherry casks. The result is rose-colored Scotch that is roughly 120 proof. Similarly, Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso is a single malt matured in sherry casks and bottled without chill filtration.
Ninety-six Chivas Regal 18 Year is a blended whiskey aged for 18 years. In the glass, it has a bright amber color, with notes of vanilla and cigar wrapper, states WineMag.com. Ninety-six Dewar's 18 is another 18-year-old whiskey, with an aroma that includes almond, clove and cedar.
Like A'bunadh and Nadurra Oloroso, Glendronach 15-Year Revival is a 15-year-old sherry-finished single malt that evokes molasses, citrus and peat on the palate, states GearPatrol.com.
Balvenie ages its Caribbean Cask in rum casks as opposed to sherry, which imparts the smoothness of aged rum, according to GearPatrol.com. Scotch whiskey critics describe Balvenie Caribbean Cask's flavor as peat, cherry and brown sugar. Aberfeldy 12 is an award-winning 12-year-old single malt Scotch. Aberfeldy is a component of the Dewar's blend, and Aberfeldy 12 has a clean, fruity feeling in the mouth.
Each Scotch whiskey retails for less than $100.